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12:45 PM ET, June 23, 2008


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Mel Watkins / NYT > Movies:
George Carlin, Irreverent Comedian, Dies at 71  —  George Carlin, the Grammy-Award winning standup comedian and actor who was hailed for his irreverent social commentary, poignant observations of the absurdities of everyday life and language, and groundbreaking routines like …
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
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.
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:   Two Minutes A Week  —  From the NYT: … Give me a break.
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.
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.
John Tomasic / The Huffington Post:
Hell No: P.U.M.A. Spokesman Will Bower on Post-Clinton Party Unity
Discussion: puma pac and NO QUARTER
New York Times:
Is He the Ticket?  —  As the popular governor of Florida and a Republican known for supporting relatively progressive causes, you are often mentioned as a possible running mate for Senator McCain.  It's been said that you could deliver Florida for him in the November election and lend him some overall centrist appeal.
Discussion: and Naked Politics
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Too Good to Check
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Democratic Strategist
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Karl / protein wisdom:   Barack Obama in the tank for ethanol
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: Power Line and Don Surber
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 …
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David Whitford / Fortune:
The evolution of John McCain
Irwin M. Stelzer / Weekly Standard:
Obamanomics  —  How McCain can fight back—if he cares to.
Discussion: Angry Bear
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The New Republic syndrome  —  The number one problem facing …
Staten Island Advance:
Death of Frank Powers throws congressional race into turmoil
Washington Post / The Trail:
A Better Battery?  —  WANTED: A better electric car battery.
Discussion: Spin Cycle, and Cogitamus
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Padding Obama  —  Barack Obama released his first general election ad …
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton And Obama To Campaign In PA (Likely)
Ben Winograd / SCOTUSblog:
LiveBlog: Orders and Opinions
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias:
The Downward Spiral  —  Apparently John Bolton thinks that if Israel …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Home Not-So-Sweet Home  —  “Owning a home lies at the heart of the American dream.”
Wall Street Journal:
Israel on the Iran Brink
Discussion: Israel Matzav
The Politico:
Obama kept Law Review balanced
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and
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
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Obama campaign targets black voters — carefully