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8:45 AM ET, June 24, 2008


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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.
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
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.
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Pentagon, GAO see good news and bad in Iraq  —  Two new reports point to security improvements but are pessimistic about political and economic progress.  —  WASHINGTON — Two new government reports, one by the Pentagon, pointed Monday to encouraging security improvements in Iraq …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Internal documents:Capitol ill-prepared for bomb attack  —  A future terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol is highly probable, and Congress's specialized bomb squad is unlikely to be able to deal with it, according to internal U.S. Capitol Police documents obtained by The Hill.
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber and PoliGazette
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.
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
Media Matters for America:
Shelby Steele acknowledged he doesn't believe claim in subtitle of his own book on Obama  —  Shelby Steele, author of A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win (Free Press, December 2007), acknowledged that he thinks Sen. Barack Obama “can definitely win” …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Rove Says Obama Is Like “Arrogant” Martini Drinking Country Club Member  —  Comments by former White House political maven Karl Rove about presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama to some Republican insiders underscore what's to come in campaign 2008 …
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.
Ted Johnson / Wilshire & Washington:
Obama's Hollywood Night  —  Sugar Ray Leonard and Jennifer Beals are the latest boldfaced names expected on Tuesday afternoon for Barack Obama's fund-raiser at the Los Angeles Music Center.  —  Also on the guest list are Dennis Quaid, Heidi Klum, Sidney Poitier, Cedric the Entertainer …
Discussion: Political Punch and
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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Bush Paradox  —  Let's go back and consider how the world looked in the winter of 2006-2007.  Iraq was in free fall, with horrific massacres and ethnic cleansing that sent a steady stream of bad news across the world media.  The American public delivered a stunning electoral judgment …
Joe Galloway / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S.-allied Iraqi politician kills 2 U.S. troops, wounds 4  —  MADAIN, Iraq — A U.S.-allied Iraqi council member sprayed American troops with gunfire Monday, killing two soldiers and wounding three and an interpreter, Iraqi authorities and witnesses said.  The attack occurred minutes …
Discussion: Informed Comment
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
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Nicole Gaouette / Los Angeles Times:
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