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10:55 PM ET, June 23, 2008


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Kelly Moeller / Political Punch:
Rove: Obama's the Guy at the Country Club Holding a Martini Making Snide Comments About Everyone Else  —  ABC News' Christianne Klein reports that at a breakfast with Republican insiders at the Capitol Hill Club this morning, former White House senior aide Karl Rove referred to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, as “coolly arrogant.”
Matthew Yglesias:
Country Club'd  —  Karl Rove's strategic messaging advice on how to take on Barack Obama: … Josh Marshall runs this under an “uppity watch” heading, but I'm not sure I detect any racial animosity here.  But what about the class cues?  How many Americans have had the experience …
Discussion: Liberal Values
David Whitford / Fortune:
The evolution of John McCain  —  As a maverick Senator, he took pride in just saying no to everyone's wish list.  But as a presidential contender, he's become a tax cutter and defender of home mortgages.  The inside story of how the candidate is shaping his plan to fix the economy.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA vs. McCAIN ON THE ECONOMY....Fortune magazine has parallel interviews about the economy with John McCain and Barack Obama in the current issue, and the PR email they sent me highlights their answers to this question: … It's as if McCain is trying to become a parody of himself here.
Marc Ambinder:
Charlie Black's Kinsleyian Gaffe
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain criticizes adviser's terrorism comments
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Black apologizes  —  Recognizing the political peril of being seen …
Discussion: The Swamp
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
‘The Google’  —  The first question at an excellent panel at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York today with top web folks from the leading campaign goes to McCain aide Mark Soohoo.  —  Moderator Andrew Rasiej asks for a show of hands on whether the panelists have had to tell the candidate not to say …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
If You Can't Use a Computer, How Can You Be President?  —  I'm at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York and during the last session, Tracy Russo (formerly of the Edwards campaign, with me in the photo) got into it with Mark Soohoo of the McCain campaign.  Tracy wondered how someone …
Cernig /   John McCain Is Aware Of All Internet Traditions
The New Republic:
Quote of the Day, McCain Edition
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Ken Wheaton / AdAge:
Obama Campaign Drops Faux Presidential Seal  —  The Possum Sleeps Tonight  —  Last week, Barack Obama unveiled a new campaign seal — and not the kind that swims, barks and balances balls on the end of its nose.  Rather, it was the kind that has a big old eagle on it and some Latin …
Obama's presidential seal gone after one use  —  (CNN) - Barack Obama's communications director said Monday that the presidential seal the campaign unveiled last week at a meeting with Democratic governors won't be seen again.  —  “That was a one time thing for a one time event,” Robert Gibbs told CNN.
Marc Ambinder:
A No “Seal” Zone, Starting.....  I've had my fun with the Obama campaign's seal, and now that fun ends.  I'm told that Obama recognizes that it was a silly mistake, that the universal reaction at Wacker and Michigan was, “Boy, was that dumb,” and that they don't think the seal staging will matter to actual voters.
Karl / protein wisdom:
You Are Here  —  The PresidentialWatch08 map is composed of the 297 most visible and influential websites and blogs - out of a complete dataset of over 2000 sites - using Linkfluence's proprietary crawl technology.  —  As Ethan Zuckerman writes: “The idea here is to look at linking between political blogs …
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
PDF: Visualizing the political blogosphere
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Map of the political blogosphere 2008
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Flopping Aces
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Too Good to Check  —  I have no way of knowing if this is true, though the source is excellent...but the word in Republican circles is that John McCain is quite frustrated by the vice presidential selection process because he can't go with any of his top three choices.  They are:
Dr. James Hansen / The Huffington Post:
Twenty Years Later: Tipping Points Near on Global Warming  —  Today I testified to Congress about global warming, 20 years after my June 23, 1988 testimony, which alerted the public that global warming was underway.  There are striking similarities between then and now, but one big difference.
Andrea Elliott / New York Times:
Muslim Voters Detect a Snub From Obama  —  As Senator Barack Obama courted voters in Iowa last December, Representative Keith Ellison, the country's first Muslim congressman, stepped forward eagerly to help.  —  Mr. Ellison believed that Mr. Obama's message of unity resonated deeply with American Muslims.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Washington Post Editor Leonard Downie Jr. Stepping Down  —  44-Year Veteran Led Newspaper to 25 Pulitzer Prizes  —  Leonard Downie Jr. said today he is stepping down as The Washington Post's executive editor, ending a 17-year tenure in which the paper became a major online force and won …
Discussion: The Politico
Erik Wemple / City Desk:
Downie Talks About Departure
Discussion: FishBowlDC and Achenblog
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
Obama Camp Closely Linked With Ethanol  —  When VeraSun Energy inaugurated a new ethanol processing plant last summer in Charles City, Iowa, some of that industry's most prominent boosters showed up.  Leaders of the National Corn Growers Association and the Renewable Fuels Association …
Alec MacGillis / The Trail:   Obama's Evolving Ethanol Rhetoric
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
A new Imus controversy?  —  On “Imus in the Morning” Monday, the controversial radio host Don Imus — who was fired last year for making racist and sexist remarks about the Rutgers University women's basketball team — made a racially freighted comment about another African-American athlete.
Discussion: Hot Air and Crooks and Liars
Officials: Iraqi councilman kills U.S. soldiers  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A member of an Iraqi city council shot at U.S. forces Monday outside Baghdad, killing at least three soldiers, two Iraqi Interior Ministry officials said.  —  But the U.S. military said one coalition soldier and an …
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Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Dobson accuses Obama of ‘distorting’ Bible
Media Matters for America:
Shelby Steele acknowledged he doesn't believe claim in subtitle …
Extreme Mortman:
Top Ten Funniest Political Quotes So Far In 2008
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Cover-Up Is Cited on Illegal Arms Shipment From Albania
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Why the McCain Campaign Needs Bill Kristol (or Someone Like Him)
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
Discussion: Think Progress
Nicole Gaouette / Los Angeles Times:
An immigration end run around the next president
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James Vicini / Reuters:
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Russell Berman / New York Sun:
One Election Outcome Certain: A Lefty Will Win White House
Richard Pérez-Peña / Top News Archive:
Papers Facing Worst Year for Ad Revenue
Douglas J. Feith / The Corner:
Of Rice, Mushrooms, and Lies