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4:00 PM ET, June 21, 2008


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Caren Bohan / Reuters:
Obama says Republicans will use race to stoke fear  —  JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make voters afraid of him.
Karl / protein wisdom:
Barry O plays the race card, nurses his grudges  —  The general election is in November, but for Barry O, it is not too soon to start dealing the race card: … He made similar comments to his fatcat San Francisco donors in conjunction with his claim that people in small-towns in flyover country …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Who's playing the race card?  Update: Audio added  —  Barack Obama told supporters in Jacksonville that Republicans would launch racist attacks against him in the upcoming election.  Without noting a single supporting piece of evidence, Obama cast any opposition to him as bigotry …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sparks Fly at Black Caucus Meeting  —  Just What Was Said Between the Presumptive Democratic Nominee and Clinton-Supporting Congresswoman?  —  A Thursday afternoon meeting between Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus grew tense and emotional for a moment …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
John McCain may lag in money, but RNC out-raises the DNC by 5 times  —  Led by chairman Mike Duncan, the Republican National Committee ended May with 13 times more money in the bank than its Democratic counterpart and raised five times as much money in the same time frame.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
White House Dismissed Legal Advice On Detainees  —  Senior lawyers inside and outside the Bush administration repeatedly warned the White House that it was risking judicial scrutiny of its detention policies in Guantanamo Bay if it did not pursue a more pragmatic legal strategy that considered the likely reaction of the Supreme Court.
Washington Post:
White House Refuses To Release Documents On Air-Quality Policy
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama gets his own nifty Great Seal; all he needs now is votes  —  Just before the president of the United States makes an appearance at a speech, a usually tall, muscular person with a machine gun hanging under his suit coat quietly walks on stage and hangs the presidential seal on the podium front.
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.
Discussion: GretaWire
Matthew Yglesias:   Broder's Bucks  —  Post ombudsman Deborah Howell follows …
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 44%  —  Race about tied for second straight day  —  PRINCETON, NJ — At the start of the long summer in which John McCain and Barack Obama will hone their messages and strive to fill their campaign coffers before the crucial fall campaign season …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Other McCain
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
Mary C. Curtis / Washington Post:
The Loud Silence Of Feminists  —  Michelle Obama has become an issue in the presidential campaign even though she isn't running for anything.  An educated, successful lawyer, devoted wife and caring mother has been labeled “angry” and unpatriotic and snidely referred to as Barack Obama's “baby mama.”
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.
Alayna Demartini / The Columbus Dispatch:
Science teacher dissed evolution  —  He taught creationism, report says  —  A Mount Vernon teacher undermined science instruction in the public school district by discrediting evolution in his classroom and focusing on creationism and intelligent design, an investigation has found.
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