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10:35 AM ET, June 24, 2008

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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 …
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.
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Roosting Chickens  —  Don Imus has now got himself in hot water again with a seemingly biased remark about Adam Jones.  When told of his latest arrest, Imus asked, “What color is he?”  Then told that he is “African-American,” Imus scoffed: “There you go.  Now we know.”
Discussion: alicublog
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.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Terror Strike Would Help McCain, Top Adviser Says  —  A top adviser to Sen. John McCain said that a terrorist attack in the United States would be a political benefit to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, a comment that was immediately disputed by the candidate and denounced by his Democratic rival.
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Fox News:
Obama Apology to Muslim Women Orchestrated by Muslim U.S. House Rep.  —  An apology issued by Barack Obama to two Muslim women booted from the front lines of a public appearance by the Democratic presidential candidate last week was orchestrated by Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim ever elected to Congress.
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Don Surber
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Map of the political blogosphere 2008
Discussion: Flopping Aces and The Jawa Report
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Judge Urged to Order Associates Of President to Honor Subpoena  —  House Panel Seeks Information About Prosecutors' Firings  —  Lawyers for Congress tried yesterday to persuade a federal judge to take the unprecedented step of ordering top White House aides to comply with a House committee's subpoena …
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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: TIME.com and Political Punch
James Glanz / New York Times:
Government Study Criticizes Bush Administration's Measures of Progress in Iraq  —  Beyond the declines in overall violence in Iraq, several crucial measures the Bush administration uses to demonstrate economic, political and security progress are either incorrect or far more mixed …
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.
Bonnie Erbe / US News:
Barack Obama, Serial Flip-Flopper  —  Both presidential candidates spent the weekend trying to explain away recent policy reversals.  The predominant question for voters this November may well become: Whose list of flip-flops is longer and more egregious?  —  From CNN.com:
Discussion: American Power and CNN
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Report Says Partisanship Reigned in Justice Department Hiring Program  —  High-ranking political appointees at the Justice Department labored to stock a prestigious hiring program with young conservatives in a five-year-long attempt to reshape the department's ranks, according to an inspector general's report to be released today.
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
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 …
 
 
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
McCain's Core Advantage
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ad showing men kissing pulled
Discussion: Towleroad.com
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
What's Wrong With the Kansas City Star?
Discussion: Hot Air
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
re: Feith  —  A warm welcome to Doug Feith who dropped by “The Corner” earlier.
Discussion: First Draft
Washington Post:
Clinton to Join Obama As He Courts Female Vote
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Iran's ‘Nightmare Scenarios’ Are Mulled in Washington
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. mayor solid on gay marriage
Washington Post:
Appeals Court Invalidates Detainee's ‘Enemy’ Status
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Los Angeles Times:
McCain gambling on offshore drilling
Nina Easton / Fortune:
What Obama means for business
Joe Galloway / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S.-allied Iraqi politician kills 2 U.S. troops, wounds 4
Discussion: Informed Comment
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Internal documents:Capitol ill-prepared for bomb attack
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Palin sends letter to Harry Reid: Start drilling in ANWR
Oregonian:
Oregon City woman details abortion, relationship with Mike Erickson
Dr. James Hansen / The Huffington Post:
Twenty Years Later: Tipping Points Near on Global Warming