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12:00 PM 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 …
CNN:
Imus says he's defending, not offending ‘Pacman’ Jones  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Radio host Don Imus said Tuesday he was making “a sarcastic point” that police often unfairly target blacks when he asked about Adam “Pacman” Jones' race on his show.  —  Imus, who lost his job last year after comments …
Discussion: Donklephant
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Roosting Chickens  —  Don Imus has now got himself in hot water again …
Discussion: alicublog
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
GAO Report Faults Post-'Surge' Planning  —  Lack of Comprehensive Strategy Cited, but Pentagon Study Sees Gains in Iraq  —  The administration lacks an updated and comprehensive Iraq strategy to move beyond the “surge” of combat troops President Bush launched in January 2007 as an 18-month effort …
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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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Think Progress
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Hoyer hails FISA bill as “a significant victory for the Democratic Party”  —  (updated below)  —  Just as Nancy Pelosi ran to Time to justify her support for the FISA bill, Steny Hoyer yesterday spouted his justifications to The Politico and said this:
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The Politico:
How Hoyer got the deal done
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
McCain's Core Advantage  —  In politics, we're having a Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr kind of year.  It was Karr, a French writer, who coined the phrase plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose, which means, as Barack Obama has shown, that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
What's Wrong With the Kansas City Star?  —  A disgraceful contribution from their house cartoonist:
Discussion: Hot Air
Alan Ehrenhalt / Newsweek:
Are You Experienced?  —  Why a U.S. senator might not trump a state legislator  —  Obama during his days in the Illinois Senate  —  We are in the opening days of a presidential campaign that pits youth against age, the virtues of experience against the freshness and riskiness of the new arrival.
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.
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
James Dobson accuses Obama of ‘distorting’ Bible  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - 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.
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Campaign Funding Hypocrisy: Why Are the Media Looking the Other Way?  —  Last month, I wrote about the mainstream media's ongoing membership in the John McCain Protection Society and its offshoot, The Swift Boat Media for McCain, and how their highly motivated efforts are affecting the presidential race.
Discussion: Bang the Drum
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DEMS GIVING MCCAIN A BIG PASS
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ad showing men kissing pulled  —  Heinz has withdrawn its Deli Mayo TV ad that featured two men sharing a kiss and apologised to viewers after the advertising regulator received about 200 complaints that it was offensive and inappropriate.  —  The Heinz Deli Mayo ad has been pulled after less …
Discussion: Towleroad.com
Sam Anderson / New York Magazine:
Raise High the Rafters  —  At the Democratic convention, Obama will have to prove he's more than just a brilliant speech giver—by giving the most difficult speech of his meteoric career.  A rhetorical analysis.  —  Barack Obama's upcoming speech at the Democratic National Convention is …
Haaretz:
IDF soldier dies from self-inflicted gunshot at Sarkozy farewell  —  An Israeli soldier on the perimeter of a farewell airport ceremony for French President Nicolas Sarkozy apparently shot himself on Tuesday in a incident that did not endanger the visiting leader, Israel Radio said.
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.
Washington Post:
Appeals Court Invalidates Detainee's ‘Enemy’ Status  —  Challenge Is First of Its Kind to Succeed  —  A federal appeals court in Washington has invalidated the Bush administration's finding that a detainee held for more than six years in the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba is an …
Discussion: Bang the Drum
 
 
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Amy Sullivan / Time:
Will Pro-Choice Women Back McCain?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Obama on wrong side of Elian Gonzalez saga
Discussion: Hot Air
Drew Westen / The New Republic:
McCain's Low Road To Victory
Matthew Yglesias:
The Information Age  —  I only recently became aware …
Financial Times:
Chinese agree 96% jump in ore prices
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
The Elizabeth Edwards Show
Discussion: Pollster.com
Fox News:
Obama Apology to Muslim Women Orchestrated by Muslim U.S. House Rep.
Discussion: Don Surber and Daily Pundit
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
re: Feith  —  A warm welcome to Doug Feith who dropped by “The Corner” earlier.
Discussion: First Draft
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Clinton to Join Obama As He Courts Female Vote
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Iran's ‘Nightmare Scenarios’ Are Mulled in Washington
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Judge Urged to Order Associates Of President to Honor Subpoena
Nina Easton / Fortune:
What Obama means for business
Bonnie Erbe / US News:
Barack Obama, Serial Flip-Flopper
Discussion: American Power
Ted Johnson / Wilshire & Washington:
Obama's Hollywood Night
Discussion: TIME.com and Political Punch
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Rove Says Obama Is Like “Arrogant” Martini Drinking Country Club Member
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
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