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11:55 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: Donklephant and The Other McCain
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):
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Pamela Heisey / MAPLight.org:
SPOTLIGHT: Telco PACs Gave $8K to Dems Who Changed Their Vote on FISA  —  For Immediate Release:  —  HOUSE DEMS WHO CHANGED THEIR VOTE TO SUPPORT FISA BILL, GIVING IMMUNITY TO TELCOS, RECEIVED, ON AVERAGE, $8,359 IN PAC CONTRIBUTIONS FROM VERIZON, AT&T, AND SPRINT
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.
dodd.senate.gov:
Senator Dodd Speaks in Opposition to FISA Bill on Floor of U.S. Senate  —  Click image to play video  —  Remarks as Prepared - Mr. President: I rise—once again—to voice my strong opposition to the misguided FISA legislation before us today.  I have strong reservations about the so-called improvements …
Dday / Hullabaloo:
Block That Kick  —  Senator Reid just informed his colleagues on the Senate floor that, because of all the other bills in the queue (like the housing bill, and the Iraq supplemental), FISA may not get a vote until after the July 4 holiday recess.  —  This is honestly the best we can hope for right now.
Chris Frates / The Crypt's Blogs:
Dems who flipped on FISA immunity see more telecom cash
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Corrente
Washington Wire:
Pelosi Says More Debate on FISA Would Be ‘Healthy’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hoffmania!
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
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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.
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
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
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 …
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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 …
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
Mike O'Shea / Concurring Opinions:
So Let's Say Justice Scalia Writes D.C. v. Heller ...  Tomorrow may be the big day.  (Or we might have to wait again.  At least I'm improving my calcium intake.)  Court-watchers have noticed that, with the issuance of yesterday's opinion by Justice Souter in the right-to-counsel case …
 
 
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Has Edge on Key Election Issues
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
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Clinton gets royal treatment upon Senate return
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CNN:
Boy George denied U.S. visa
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 …
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain faces protesters in Santa Barbara
Associated Press:
BBQ flap at Odessa Juneteenth event troubles group
Discussion: The Other McCain
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
FISA: Call Your Wobbly FISA Senator
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Retiring GOP reps frustrate leadership