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1:55 AM ET, June 24, 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: Shakesville and 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.
Marc Ambinder:
Charlie Black's Kinsleyian Gaffe
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Black apologizes  —  Recognizing the political peril of being seen …
Discussion: The Swamp
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain criticizes adviser's terrorism comments
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Map of the political blogosphere 2008  —  Swiped from Karl to liven up a slow news night, a lovely rendering of the 297 most influential political websites.  The size of the individual circles, I believe, corresponds to the total number of links flowing in and out; the position …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and The Jawa Report
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
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.
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 …
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Dobson accuses Obama of ‘distorting’ Bible  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — As Barack Obama broadens his outreach to evangelical voters, one of the movement's biggest names, James Dobson, accuses the likely Democratic presidential nominee of distorting the Bible and pushing a “fruitcake interpretation” of the Constitution.
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.
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.
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:
Oregon City woman details abortion, relationship with Mike Erickson  —  Now a “pro-life” congressional candidate, he gave her $300 and took her to the clinic in Northeast Portland, Tawnya says  —  An Oregon City woman who dated congressional candidate Mike Erickson seven years ago said she asked …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:   Woman's Claim: GOP House Candidate Paid For My Abortion
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
What's Obscene?  Google Could Have an Answer  —  Judges and jurors who must decide whether sexually explicit material is obscene are asked to use a local yardstick: does the material violate community standards?  —  That is often a tricky question because there is no simple, concrete way to gauge a community's tastes and values.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Washington Monthly
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Palin sends letter to Harry Reid: Start drilling in ANWR
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Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Legislators Raise Pay, and a Governor Pays the Price
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Wild Opinion Speculation
Discussion: Hot Air
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Judge reluctant to wade into White House subpoena fight
Joseph Spector / Democrat And Chronicle:
Sen. Joseph Bruno won't seek re-election
Brian Knowlton / International Herald Tribune:
McCain looks for energy breakthrough
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
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Why the McCain Campaign Needs Bill Kristol (or Someone Like Him)
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Fred at his best
Discussion: Hot Air and Stop The ACLU
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Post's Top Editor to Step Down
Officials: Iraqi councilman kills U.S. soldiers
Russell Berman / New York Sun:
One Election Outcome Certain: A Lefty Will Win White House