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11:20 PM ET, June 21, 2008


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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama alienates the editors  —  For most voters, Barack Obama's shift away from public financing is not as big a deal as the mounting death toll in Iraq, surging gas prices — or even what they're going to make for dinner tonight.  —  But Obama's announcement Thursday that he would become …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Mark Shields: Obama couldn't pass a polygraph  —  Mark Shields didn't mince words on NPR about Barack Obama's decision to opt out of public financing.  Appearing as the progressive balance with David Brooks on Judy Woodruff's show, Shields ripped into Obama, calling him unprincipled …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Clinton Campaign $22.5 Million In Debt at the End of Last Month
Discussion: Raw Story and
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
David Broder's and Bob Woodward's Lame Alibis  —  Washington Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell's column on Bob Woodward's and David Broder's ethics was not as disappointing as I had feared.  It's a sign that the Post is at least going to examine the obvious conflict of interest posed …
Discussion: GretaWire
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
When Speech Isn't Free  —  The propriety of David Broder and Bob Woodward taking fees or having expenses paid for speeches to special-interest groups was raised recently by Ken Silverstein, Washington editor of Harper's magazine, in his Washington Babylon blog.
Matthew Yglesias:   Broder's Bucks  —  Post ombudsman Deborah Howell follows …
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama: 'They're going to try to make you afraid of me'  —  JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama told supporters that Republicans will “try to make you afraid of me” in remarks he made Friday at a Florida fundraiser.  —  “The choice is clear.  Most of all we can choose between hope and fear.
Caren Bohan / Reuters:
Obama says Republicans will use race to stoke fear
Karl / protein wisdom:   Barry O plays the race card, nurses his grudges
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Who's playing the race card? Update: Audio added
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Inside a 9/11 Mastermind's Interrogation  —  WASHINGTON — In a makeshift prison in the north of Poland, Al Qaeda's engineer of mass murder faced off against his Central Intelligence Agency interrogator.  It was 18 months after the 9/11 attacks, and the invasion of Iraq was giving Muslim extremists new motives for havoc.
M. Duss / Think Progress:
Report: Scalia's Claim That Released Gitmo Prisoners Have Killed Americans Is An ‘Urban Legend’  —  A new report from the Seton Hall University School of Law explodes the myth that some 30 detainees released from Guantanamo Bay prison have “returned to the battlefield” against American forces.
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
White House Dismissed Legal Advice On Detainees
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Obama's War Chest Drives a 50-State Strategy  —  Senator Barack Obama is drawing up plans for extensive advertising and voter-turnout drives across the nation, hoping to capitalize on his expected fund-raising advantage over Senator John McCain to force Republicans to compete in states they have not had to defend in decades.
Jerusalem Post:
ElBaradei: I'll resign if Iran attacked  —  International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamad ElBaradei, will quit his position in the event of a military strike on Iran, according to a Reuters report Friday.  —  The report quoted him as warning that any military offensive …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and The Reaction
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Travelers Shift to Rail as Cost of Fuel Rises  —  WASHINGTON — Record prices for gasoline and jet fuel should be good news for Amtrak, as travelers look for alternatives to cut the cost of driving and flying.  —  And they are good news, up to a point.  —  Amtrak set records in May …
Discussion: Eschaton
Martin Beckford / Telegraph:
Toddlers to be taught about human rights  —  Toddlers are to be taught about human rights and respecting different cultures in a scheme condemned as an “absurd” waste of time.  —  Nurseries across the country are adopting the project, which will see teachers explaining to children as young …
Jeff Cohen / The Huffington Post:
News Flash: Anchor Stands Against “Unfair” Campaign Spending  —  There was real emotion in his voice when ABC News anchor Charles Gibson used Friday night's newscast to stand up for little-guy McCain against online-fundraising powerhouse Barack Obama.  By opting out of public financing …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's support for the FISA “compromise”  —  (updated below)  —  In the past 24 hours, specifically beginning with the moment Barack Obama announced that he now supports the Cheney/Rockefeller/Hoyer House bill, there have magically arisen — in places where one would never have expected to find them …
Richard A. Epstein / New York Times:
How to Complicate Habeas Corpus  —  LAST week's Supreme Court decision in Boumediene v. Bush settled a key constitutional issue: all prisoners detained at Guantánamo Bay are constitutionally entitled to bring habeas corpus in federal court to challenge the legality of their detention.
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