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8:10 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 …
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.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain criticizes adviser's terrorism comments
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Black: Terror would help McCain
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Black apologizes  —  Recognizing the political peril of being seen …
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Hotline On Call and
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama's faux presidential seal bites the dust
Discussion: Political Punch and Salon
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?
The New Republic:
Quote of the Day, McCain Edition
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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:
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
PDF: Visualizing the political blogosphere
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Andrea Elliott / New York Times:
Some Muslim Americans Feel Shunned by 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.
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Walks a Fine Line With Muslims
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel and
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The New Republic syndrome  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The number one problem facing the Democratic Party is that, as events of the last week demonstrate, it continues to be plagued by The New Republic Syndrome, one of the most fatal political afflictions that exist.
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 …
Discussion: Attackerman
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.
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
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An immigration end run around the next president
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Fred at his best
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Washington Post Editor Leonard Downie Jr. Stepping Down
Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Remarks to Working Women
James Vicini / Reuters:
Appeals court rules for Guantanamo prisoner
Discussion: TalkLeft
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 43%
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One Election Outcome Certain: A Lefty Will Win White House
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
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Discussion: USA Today
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Encounter Bids The New York York Times Farewell
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Put oil firm chiefs on trial - scientist
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First Obama attack book in the works
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