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12:15 PM ET, June 22, 2008


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Washington Post:
3 in 10 Americans Admit to Race Bias  —  Survey Shows Age, Too, May Affect Election Views  —  As Sen. Barack Obama opens his campaign as the first African American on a major party presidential ticket, nearly half of all Americans say race relations in the country are in bad shape and three …
Washington Post:
McCain Driving Debate, But Some Fear Swerving  —  GOP Insiders Want More Consistent Theme  —  In the two weeks since Barack Obama became the presumptive Democratic nominee, John McCain has demonstrated a knack for driving the daily political debate, forcing his opponent to respond to a challenge …
David Espo / Associated Press:
McCain Hampered By Campaign Missteps
Discussion: The Jed Report and MyDD
Associated Press:
Brokaw to ‘Meet the Press’ through election  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran news anchor Tom Brokaw will moderate NBC's “Meet the Press” through the November election in the place of the late Tim Russert, the network announced Sunday.  —  Brokaw is scheduled to start on June 29.
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Hate Groups' Newest Target  —  White Supremacists Report an Increase in Visits to Their Web Sites  —  Sen. Barack Obama's historic victory in the Democratic primaries, celebrated in America and across much of the world as a symbol of racial progress and cultural unity …
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Pantsuits and the Presidency  —  SOME supporters of Hillary Clinton believe that sexism colored news coverage of her presidential campaign.  The Times reported in a front-page article on June 13 that many are proposing boycotts of cable news networks and that a “Media Hall of Shame” …
New York Times:
Editors' Note  —  The Central Intelligence Agency asked The New York Times not to publish the name of Deuce Martinez, an interrogator who questioned Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other high-level Al Qaeda prisoners, saying that to identify Mr. Martinez would invade his privacy and put him at risk …
Discussion: Media Blog and
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
Falling exam passes blamed on Wikipedia ‘littered with inaccuracies’  —  WIKIPEDIA and other online research sources were yesterday blamed for Scotland's falling exam pass rates.  —  The Scottish Parent Teacher Council (SPTC) said pupils are turning to websites and internet resources …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Time Magazine uncritically prints Nancy Pelosi's “justifications” for the FISA “compromise”  —  (updated below)  —  It's hardly news that Time Magazine's principal function is uncritically to amplify false claims from government officials, but this article by Massimo Calabresi — entitled …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Carla Effect  —  The French are different from you and me.  —  Yes, they have Sarkozy.  —  And they have Carla.  —  And they have “the Carla effect,” as it's known in Paris.  —  If an American first lady, or would-be first lady, described herself as a “tamer of men” and had a …
Discussion: TalkLeft, and Althouse
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Told You So  —  I'm at the beach, so following the news is not at the top of my to-do list. but Mickey Kaus has taunted us Corner-niks about our lack of comment on the most recent indication that McCain's change of heart on immigration is entirely fictitious.
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
McCain's Boeing Battle Boomerangs  —  Assembly Required: McCain called Boeing's deal a ‘rip-off’  —  One of John McCain's most celebrated achievements in recent years was his crusade to block a Pentagon contract with Boeing for a new fleet of midair refueling tankers.
David S Morgan / CBS News:
Obama: I'll Fight To Strip Telecom Immunity From FISA  —  (CBS/AP) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., issued a statement in support of the House's update of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but said he would try to strip a provision granting immunity to telecommunication companies …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hot Air and Redstate
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
A MODERN MAIMONIDES  —  Moses Maimonides is the great medieval Jewish sage.  “From Moses to Moses, there was none like Moses” is the epitaph on his tomb.  He was a physician, a philosopher and a profound religious scholar.  —  Maimonides had an abiding concern for the survival of the Jewish people.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Matt Spence / US Elections:
June Polls Don't Hold Up  —  This week's polls showing Barack Obama with small, but significant, single-digit leads among likely voters are certainly welcomed by Democrats, but recent history hasn't been kind to early frontrunners.  —  In fact, only one of the last five June election-year polling averages …
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Let Freedom Ring
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 …
Discussion: DPGI - the return
Online NewsHour:
Shields, Brooks Discuss Obama's Fundraising Shift, McCain's Energy Proposal
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Haditha victims' kin outraged as Marines go free
Discussion: RADAMISTO
Howard Wilkinson / Cincinnati Enquirer:
The ground warriors  —  Supporters of McCain, Obama are gearing up
Atrios / Eschaton:
Regret  —  As I've written before, Democrats will regret embracing …
Discussion: The Sideshow
Teacher accused of burning cross on student's arm
Discussion: Liberal Values
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
The Facts in Iraq Are Changing
Martin Beckford / Telegraph:
Toddlers to be taught about human rights
Jeff Cohen / The Huffington Post:
News Flash: Anchor Stands Against “Unfair” Campaign Spending
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Clinton Campaign $22.5 Million In Debt at the End of Last Month