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10:35 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 …
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.
Discussion: The Corner
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds Slight Edge, 46% vs. 43%
Discussion: The Other McCain and Donklephant
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Obama Leads McCain by 15 Points as Voters Reject Republicans
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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):
Discussion: Liberal Values and The RBC
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: Washington Wire and Hullabaloo
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
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.
Discussion: and
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
GOP Senator Runs New Ad Touting His Work With Barack Obama
Discussion: Daily Kos and Donklephant
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
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Bush Paradox  —  Let's go back and consider how the world looked …
Peter Wehner / The Corner:   Joe Klein's “Divided loyalties”
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 …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
CHART OF THE DAY....This one comes from a report of the Justice …
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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.
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 …
Courtney Hazlett / MSNBC:
Us readers vote for Obama  —  Plus: Angelina skips out on ‘Wanted’ publicity; Tiger Woods takes a gamble  —  Putting Michele Obama on the cover of Us Weekly appears to be a gamble that's paid off.  Early sales numbers for the celeb glossy are trickling in, and according to sources that are familiar …
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Washington Wire:
McCain Plans Trip to Colombia
Discussion: Cogitamus
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Dobson accuses Obama of ‘distorting’ Bible
Discussion: SteveAudio and Pharyngula
Michael D. Tanner / Cato-at-liberty:
A Big-Government Running Mate for McCain?
Discussion: Stumper
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Was Norm Coleman's wife green-screened into this ad?
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
Charlie Martin / Pajamas Media:
Why Trains Just Don't Work in America
Boy George denied U.S. visa
 Earlier Items: 
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Judiciary Subcommitee Approves Subpoena for Doug Feith
Matthew Yglesias:
Prize Patrol  —  I think the idea of using prizes to try …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Proposes a $300 Million Prize for a Next-Generation Car Battery
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain faces protesters in Santa Barbara
Economy on brink of recession, Greenspan says
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?
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Retiring GOP reps frustrate leadership