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5:50 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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Flopping Aces and TIME.com
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Rocky Mountain News:
Take Denver off the hook, Sen. Obama
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Boston Globe
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Who's playing the race card? Update: Audio added
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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Matthew Yglesias:
Broder's Bucks  —  Post ombudsman Deborah Howell follows up on David Broder's buckraking speeches: … Is it just me, or does this seem a little unsatisfying as a resolution?  Broder broke the basic norms of professional conduct, and he broke the specific procedural rules of The Washington Post …
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
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Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
White House Dismissed Legal Advice On Detainees
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.
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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
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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
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.”
Little Green Footballs:
Obama Thinks He's Already President  —  Barack Obama's new campaign logo expresses his ideals of hope and change with subtle symbolism and humility.  —  Kidding!  —  Actually, it's an obvious knock-off of the Presidential Seal, and it might be illegal.  —  I'm no Latin expert …
 
 
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ACLU:
H.R. 6304, THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008
Discussion: MoJoBlog
MSNBC:
‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ for Thursday, June 19
Discussion: Firedoglake and Open Left
ABCNEWS:
Intelligence Officials: Dozens of Europeans Have Trained in Terror Camps in Pakistan
Discussion: Hot Air
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Rise in Renters Erasing Gains for Ownership
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Marc Ambinder / National Journal Online:
It's Vetting Time!  —  THE HISTORY OF THE SELECTION OF MODERN …
Discussion: The Swamp
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Military Told Media and Family That It Was ‘Friendly Fire’ — But It Was Murder
Discussion: Slog and Raw Story
Richard A. Epstein / New York Times:
How to Complicate Habeas Corpus
Darcy Burner / Open Left:
Retroactive immunity: frustration and disappointment
 Earlier Items: 
Hindrocket / Power Line:
HADITHA: A RETROSPECTIVE
Discussion: Pat Dollard
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Barney Frank: A Definite No To Nunn
Discussion: Cogitamus
Adam Schreck / Associated Press:
United Airlines to require minimum stays from Oct.
New York Times:
Big Gains for Iraq Security, but Questions Linger
Media Matters for America:
“Media Matters”; by Jamison Foser
David Kravets / Threat Level:
MPAA Says No Proof Needed in P2P Copyright Infringement Lawsuits
Alayna Demartini / The Columbus Dispatch:
Science teacher dissed evolution