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1:05 AM ET, June 25, 2008


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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.
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 …
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!
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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Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Obama Leads McCain by 15 Points as Voters Reject Republicans
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds Slight Edge, 46% vs. 43%
Discussion: Donklephant and The Other McCain
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.
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
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 …
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
Evangelical Leader Attacks Obama on Religious Views  —  Just days after Senator Barack Obama met quietly with religious leaders, including the son of the Rev. Billy Graham, another of the evangelical movement's most prominent names, James C. Dobson, has sharply attacked Mr. Obama …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Randall Mikkelsen / Reuters:
Justice Dept. used illegal hiring practices, audit finds
Discussion: Moonbattery and Political Machine
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
CHART OF THE DAY....This one comes from a report of the Justice …
Discussion: The Swamp
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:
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.
Marc Ambinder:
Why Bill Clinton's Miffed At Obama  —  In politics, Hillary Clinton speaks for the Clinton family now, and aside from her campaign debt, she has no real difficulty supporting Barack Obama privately and publicly.  —  But Bill Clinton has a beef.  A Democrat who has spoken directly to Clinton …
Discussion: US Elections and Hot Air
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Obama Asks Donors to Raise Money For Clinton
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
An Honor That Bush Is Unlikely to Embrace  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Reagan has his highways.  Lincoln has his memorial.  Washington has the capital (and a state, too).  But President Bush may soon be the sole president to have a memorial named after him that you can contribute to from the bathroom.
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
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Manu Raju / The Hill:
GOP going for green  —  Senate Republicans aim to undercut …
Discussion: The New Republic
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Army Awarded Contract, Unaware of Dealer's Past
Mike O'Shea / Concurring Opinions:
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The Raw Story:
Justice for Sale: How Big Tobacco and the GOP teamed up to crush …
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
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Us readers vote for Obama
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Was Norm Coleman's wife green-screened into this ad?
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Clinton gets royal treatment upon Senate return
Boy George denied U.S. visa
Matthew Yglesias:
Prize Patrol  —  I think the idea of using prizes to try …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
FISA: Call Your Wobbly FISA Senator