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12:10 PM ET, June 23, 2008


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Dean Goodman / Reuters:
Edgy comic George Carlin dies at 71  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs, dirty words and the demise of humanity, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday.  He was 71.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
George Carlin died.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
First Obama attack book in the works  —  The same publisher that distributed the 2004 best-seller that took aim at John Kerry's Vietnam service is planning a summer release of what's scheduled to be the first critical book on Barack Obama.  —  Conservative journalist David Freddoso's …
Byron York / The Corner:
“Swiftboating”  —  It's common to see mentions in the press these days about some “swiftboating” of Barack Obama that is allegedly in the works, or might someday allegedly be in the works, or might someday be thought to be allegedly in the works.  While I'm sure there will be some hit jobs on Obama …
Roger Kimball / Encounter Books:
Encounter Bids The New York York Times Farewell  —  Beginning today, June 23, 2008, Encounter Books will no longer send its books to The New York Times for review.  Of course, the editors at the Times are welcome to trot down to their local book emporium or visit to purchase our books …
Roger Kimball / Pajamas Media:
Encounter bids The New York Times farewell
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Three women who might join the GOP ticket  —  While the vice presidential slot may be John McCain's best means of wooing those Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters who remain loath to embrace Barack Obama, the Republican party is a thin source of politically viable women, leaving McCain with few top-tier options.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Reporters Say Networks Put Wars on Back Burner  —  Getting a story on the evening news isn't easy for any correspondent.  And for reporters in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is especially hard, according to Lara Logan, the chief foreign correspondent for CBS News.  So she has devised a solution when she is talking to the network.
William Kristol / New York Times:
Someone Else's Alex  —  The people at have a new Iraq ad that is, if they do say so themselves, their most effective ever.  Then again, for the group that brought us the “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?” ad last September, that might not be saying much.
Scott W. Johnson / New York Post:
ANTI-TERROR OOPS  —  BARACK BUMBLES LEGAL QS  —  SPEAKING without a text in front of him, Barack Obama betrays a troubling lack of knowledge on important issues - such as the law and terrorism.  —  In his ABC interview last Monday, for example, Obama attacked the Bush approach on fighting terror.
Discussion: Don Surber
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
Obama Camp Closely Linked With Ethanol  —  The ethanol industry has provided some top advisers to Senator Barack Obama, who has delivered ringing endorsements of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Karl / protein wisdom:
Barack Obama in the tank for ethanol
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Rebecca Traister / Salon:
Why Clinton voters say they won't support Obama  —  The attack of the PUMAs, or a dozen reasons why Clinton voters are still too angry to come home.  —  Hillary Clinton supporters wait for their candidate to arrive at the National Building Museum in Washington on June 7.
Liz Hazelton / Daily Mail:
‘I despise Islamism’ says award winning author Ian McEwan in astonishing outburst  —  He is known for his polished prose, critically acclaimed novels -and for keeping a decidedly low profile.  —  But today the Booker-winning novelist Ian McEwan found himself at the centre of an uncharacteristic row.
Discussion: Don Surber
Ben Winograd / SCOTUSblog:
LiveBlog: Orders and Opinions  —  Note to readers: beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern, we will provide “live” coverage of the Court's public session.  After releasing orders from their private conference last Thursday, the Justices are expected to issue opinions in at least one of the ten outstanding cases left to be decided this term.
Associated Press:   Supreme Court meets Monday morning
Daniela Petroff / Associated Press:
Barack Obama inspires Milan men's runway styles  —  MILAN, Italy - The latest “first” for Barack Obama comes off the Milan runway.  —  Calling the U.S. presidential hopeful “the man of the moment,” Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection presented Saturday evening to Obama …
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Put oil firm chiefs on trial - scientist  —  James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt …
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Obama campaign targets black voters — carefully  —  Strategists believe they've identified a new and potentially decisive Democratic electorate in at least five battleground states.  The trick lies in wooing them without alienating whites.  —  WASHINGTON — As they ponder a political map …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool, MSNBC and
Matthew Yglesias:
The Downward Spiral  —  Apparently John Bolton thinks that if Israel (or, presumably, the United States) were to bomb Iran the retaliation wouldn't be so bad because they would worry about “an even greater response” from Israel or from the United States.  And indeed they might.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Home Not-So-Sweet Home  —  “Owning a home lies at the heart of the American dream.”  So declared President Bush in 2002, introducing his “Homeownership Challenge” — a set of policy initiatives that were supposed to sharply increase homeownership, especially for minority groups.  —  Oops.
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain offers $300 million for new auto battery  —  PHOENIX (AP) - Sen. John McCain hopes to solve the country's energy crisis with cold hard cash.  —  The Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting thinks the government should offer a $300 million prize to the person who can develop …
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Washington Post / The Trail:
A Better Battery?  —  WANTED: A better electric car battery.
Discussion: and Cogitamus
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The New Republic syndrome  —  The number one problem facing …
Staten Island Advance:
Death of Frank Powers throws congressional race into turmoil
Chicago Tribune:
Sweet — and sour — home Chicago
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Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Padding Obama  —  Barack Obama released his first general election ad …
Discussion: Commentary
Michael J. Totten:
The Road to Kosovo, Part I
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton And Obama To Campaign In PA (Likely)
Wall Street Journal:
Israel on the Iran Brink
Discussion: Israel Matzav
New York Times:
Is He the Ticket?  —  As the popular governor of Florida …
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Reuven Weiss / Ynetnews:
Poll: 77% of Arabs say won't replace Israel
Discussion: Commentary and Israel Matzav
The Politico:
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Fred Thompson / Pajamas Media:
Boumediene: A Supremely Problematic Court Decision
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Pundit
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Obama has edge over McCain
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Roadside bombs decline in Iraq
Discussion: Daily Pundit and QandO
Washington Post:
Obama Moves To Reintroduce Himself to Voters
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Hits Women Much More