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11:40 PM ET, June 24, 2008

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Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Obama holds 12-point lead over McCain, poll finds  —  A Times/Bloomberg Poll says that in a two-man contest, 49% of respondents favor Barack Obama, while 37% support John McCain.  With Ralph Nader and Bob Barr added to the mix, Obama holds 15-point edge.  —  » Discuss Article WASHINGTON …
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WSJ.com:
With Clinton Out, More Boys on the Bus  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports on the McCain campaign.  —  In the decades since Timothy Crouse penned the famous campaign trail diary “Boys on the Bus,” the moniker has been amended to a more gender-friendly one.  But on Monday in Phoenix the label was more than appropriate.
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Obama Leads McCain by 15 Points as Voters Reject Republicans
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds Slight Edge, 46% vs. 43%
Discussion: The Other McCain and Donklephant
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The Huffington Post:
Dodd And Feingold Will Filibuster Telecom Immunity  —  Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) released the following statement today in response to the announcement that the Senate this week will consider the compromise legislation that would reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA):
Matt / Think Progress:
Reid to co-sponsor effort to strip retroactive immunity from FISA bill.  (Updated)  —  Earlier today, Sens. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) promised to do everything they can to strip retroactive immunity from “compromise” wiretapping legislation, including a filibuster.
Chris Frates / The Crypt's Blogs:
Dems who flipped on FISA immunity see more telecom cash  —  House Democrats who flipped their votes to support retroactive immunity for telecom companies in last week's FISA bill took thousands of dollars more from phone companies than Democrats who consistently voted against legislation …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Corrente
Washington Wire:
Pelosi Says More Debate on FISA Would Be ‘Healthy’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hoffmania!
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Color Oregon blue?  —  A fairly stunning new ad from Oregon's Republican senator Gordon Smith leaves little doubt as to which way the wind is blowing there.  —  In the ad, Smith, running hard away from Bush, associates himself at length and explicitly with Obama.
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Marc Ambinder:
I've Never Seen An Ad Like This  —  Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) brags in a new television advertisement that he was worked closely and fruitfully with — and the music really does swell — Barack Obama.  —  Not Smith's good friend John McCain.  —  But Barack Obama.
Discussion: Hot Air
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
GOP Senator Runs New Ad Touting His Work With Barack Obama
Discussion: Donklephant and Daily Kos
Alex Kingsbury / US News:
Seizing Laptops and Cameras Without Cause  —  A controversial customs practice creates a legal backlash  —  Returning from a brief vacation to Germany in February, Bill Hogan was selected for additional screening by customs officials at Dulles International Airport outside Washington …
Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
Obama To Hammer McCain On Offshore Drilling “Gimmick”  —  From CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic:  —  (LAS VEGAS) Offshore drilling continues to be a major sticking point between Barack Obama and John McCain, and the two candidates are still jabbing at each other's position for the second week.
Discussion: Don Surber and TigerHawk
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: CHARLIE BLACK'S GAFFE
Jerry Seinfeld / New York Times:
Dying Is Hard.  Comedy Is Harder.  —  THE honest truth is, for a comedian, even death is just a premise to make jokes about.  I know this because I was on the phone with George Carlin nine days ago and we were making some death jokes.  We were talking about Tim Russert and Bo Diddley and George said: “I feel safe for a while.
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Report Sees Illegal Hiring Practices at Justice Dept.  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Department officials over the last six years illegally used “political or ideological” factors to hire new lawyers into an elite recruitment program, tapping law school graduates with conservative credentials …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
CHART OF THE DAY....This one comes from a report of the Justice …
Discussion: The Swamp
Digby / Hullabaloo:
They Like Him, They Really Like Him  —  Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present the Constitutional Sell-out of the year award (brought to you by The Politico and the good people from Depends): … .  —  What a guy.  Clearly, those who demand that the party should hew closer to the positions …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Has Edge on Key Election Issues  —  Better positioned than McCain on top two issues — gas prices and economy  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans see Barack Obama as better able than John McCain to handle energy issues and the economy, the two most important election issues in the public's eyes, according to a recent Gallup survey.
Charlie Martin / Pajamas Media:
Why Trains Just Don't Work in America  —  Even if you're crazy about trains, you'd have to be nuts to expect that they could ever compete with air travel in a country this size.  —  I just want to make it clear from the outset: I love trains.  When I lived in New York and Connecticut …
Discussion: pandagon.net
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Dobson accuses Obama of ‘distorting’ Bible  —  (CNN) — One of the country's leading evangelical leaders is accusing Sen. Barack Obama of deliberately distorting the Bible and taking a “fruitcake interpretation” of the U.S. Constitution.  —  In comments to be aired on his radio show Tuesday …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Surge Protection  —  I think David Brooks has it essentially right here about Bush's stubborness—as opposed to his knowledge of strategy or tactics or the situation on the ground in Iraq—as the reason why he made the correct choice on Iraq in late 2006.  But, as Brooks says, history is complicated …
 
 
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The Raw Story:
Justice for Sale: How Big Tobacco and the GOP teamed up to crush …
Washington Wire:
McCain Plans Trip to Colombia
Discussion: Cogitamus
Michael D. Tanner / Cato-at-liberty:
A Big-Government Running Mate for McCain?
Discussion: Stumper
Courtney Hazlett / MSNBC:
Us readers vote for Obama
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Was Norm Coleman's wife green-screened into this ad?
Discussion: Discourse.net
Susan Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Tilts Toward Center, Irking Some Activists
Discussion: Salon, Across The Pond and MSNBC
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Clinton gets royal treatment upon Senate return
CNN:
Boy George denied U.S. visa
 Earlier Items: 
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Judiciary Subcommitee Approves Subpoena for Doug Feith
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and TPMMuckraker
Matthew Yglesias:
Prize Patrol  —  I think the idea of using prizes to try …
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain travels to Colombia, Mexico
Discussion: TIME.com
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain faces protesters in Santa Barbara
Associated Press:
BBQ flap at Odessa Juneteenth event troubles group
Discussion: The Other McCain
Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
Are Senate Races Moving in One Direction?
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
FISA: Call Your Wobbly FISA Senator
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Retiring GOP reps frustrate leadership