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9:25 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.
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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.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Map of the political blogosphere 2008
Discussion: Flopping Aces and The Jawa Report
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 …
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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.
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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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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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 …
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.
Oregonian:
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 …
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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” …
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.
CNN:
Obama's presidential seal gone after one use  —  (CNN) - Barack Obama's communications director said Monday that the presidential seal the campaign unveiled last week at a meeting with Democratic governors won't be seen again.  —  “That was a one time thing for a one time event,” Robert Gibbs told CNN.
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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 …
Los Angeles Times:
McCain gambling on offshore drilling  —  He thinks the nation's high gas prices will trump concerns about protecting the environment, especially in key Midwest states.  —  SANTA BARBARA — For decades it has been a bipartisan political staple — the jaunt to the beaches of Santa Barbara …
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 TIME.com
Nina Easton / Fortune:
What Obama means for business  —  He slammed big companies and free trade in the primaries, but Barack Obama insists he just wants to show corporate America some tough love.  We go behind the scenes to see how he plans to make the U.S. a land of opportunity once again.
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.
 
 
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Bonnie Erbe / US News:
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Joe Galloway / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
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 Earlier Items: 
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Legislators Raise Pay, and a Governor Pays the Price
Discussion: GregsOpinion.com and TIME.com
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
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Discussion: Hot Air
Joseph Spector / Democrat And Chronicle:
Sen. Joseph Bruno won't seek re-election
Discussion: Open Left
Brian Knowlton / International Herald Tribune:
McCain looks for energy breakthrough
Extreme Mortman:
Top Ten Funniest Political Quotes So Far In 2008
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Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Why the McCain Campaign Needs Bill Kristol (or Someone Like Him)