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5:10 PM ET, June 22, 2008


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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.
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Harwood, Andrea Mitchell  —  MR. BRIAN WILLIAMS: Our issues this Sunday: McCain vs. Obama.  The general election in full swing and the debate over public campaign financing takes center stage.  —  SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL) …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Tom Brokaw Becomes “Meet The Press” Russert Replacement Through Elections
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Brokaw to lead ‘Meet the Press’
Discussion: Donklephant and PrestoPundit
Faiz / Think Progress:   Bolton: Israel Will Attack Iran After U.S. Election But Before …
Andrew Roberts / Telegraph:
History will say that we misunderestimated George W Bush  —  As he leaves the White House at the end of his second term, the President has a poll rating of only 23 per cent, and is widely disliked and even despised.  His foreign policy has been judged a failure, especially in view of the long …
Joshua / OneFreeKorea:
Obama Gets Another Unwanted Endorsement  —  [Update: Well, that didn't take long.  Welcome from Little Green Footballs, Michelle Maklin, the Jawa Report, the unlinkable Memeorandum, and my good friend at Gateway Pundit.  Regulars here know that I'm completely disgusted with Bush's own appeasement …
Little Green Footballs:   More Celebrity Endorsements for Barack Obama: Kim Jong-Il and Fidel Castro
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Europe Fears Obama Might Undercut Progress With Iran  —  European officials are increasingly concerned that Sen. Barack Obama's campaign pledge to begin direct talks with Iran on its nuclear program without preconditions could potentially rupture U.S. relations with key European allies early in a potential Obama administration.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Europe fears Obama on Iran
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Pantsuits and the Presidency
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama calls for oil crackdown  —  With the cost of gas a top issue in the presidential campaign, Barack Obama on Sunday will announce a plan to crack down on oil speculation by tightening regulations on energy traders.  —  The announcement is further evidence that an Obama administration …
New York Times:
Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Pulls Out of Runoff  —  JOHANNESBURG — Only five days before Zimbabwe's presidential runoff election, the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai announced Sunday that he was pulling out of the race because armed forces backing President Robert Mugabe have made it clear …
Jane Sutton / Reuters:
Clinton praises Obama's greenhouse policy, sort of  —  MIAMI (Reuters) - Former President Bill Clinton offered faint praise for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's energy policy on Sunday, saying he preferred it to that of Republican rival John McCain.
Discussion: The Corner, Liberal Values and
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 …
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 …
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Mr. Bush, Lead or Leave
Juliette Jowit / Guardian:
Brits ‘doubt’ cause of climate change
Discussion: Moonbattery and Pajamas Media
Roni Sofer / Ynetnews:
Hizbullah backtracks in negotiations
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
City boy who fell for Chicago has Barack Obama's ear
David Cho / Washington Post:
New Crisis Threatens Healthy Banks
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Now That We've ‘Won,’ Let's Come Home
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
When Will Reality Bite? (Or At Least Nip? Or Nip And Tuck?)
Associated Press:
Everything seemingly is spinning out of control
Discussion: Don Surber and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Getting to Know Obama
Discussion: Hot Air, The Seminal and The Fix
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
McCain's Boeing Battle Boomerangs
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Told You So  —  I'm at the beach, so following the news …
Discussion: PrestoPundit
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
A MODERN MAIMONIDES  —  Moses Maimonides is the great medieval Jewish sage.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Haditha victims' kin outraged as Marines go free
Discussion: RADAMISTO
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
Falling exam passes blamed on Wikipedia ‘littered with inaccuracies’
Atrios / Eschaton:
Regret  —  As I've written before, Democrats will regret embracing …