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10:45 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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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.
Discussion: On Deadline
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Jerusalem Post:
'Soldier dies at Sarkozy's ceremony'  —  An IDF soldier was reportedly killed Tuesday in the middle of a farewell ceremony at Ben-Gurion airport held in honor of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in attendance of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President Shimon Peres and other state dignitaries, Israel Radio reported.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Hoyer hails FISA bill as “a significant victory for the Democratic Party”  —  Just as Nancy Pelosi ran to Time to justify her support for the FISA bill, Steny Hoyer yesterday spuoted his justifications to The Politico and said this: … In other words, Democrats achieved a “significant victory” …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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The Politico:
How Hoyer got the deal done
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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: Think Progress and JustOneMinute
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
GAO Report Faults Post-'Surge' Planning
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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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.
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
Washington Post:
Clinton to Join Obama As He Courts Female Vote  —  As Hillary Rodham Clinton prepared to return to life in the Senate and announced that she will campaign with Sen. Barack Obama in New Hampshire on Friday, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee began reaching out to female voters …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Impossible: Finding An Expert Who Says McCain's Energy Plan Provides Short-Term Relief  —  Last week, Sen. John McCain reversed his longstanding opposition to offshore drilling.  The Arizona Senator and his campaign surrogates framed the move as a much-needed effort to combat energy costs …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Palin sends letter to Harry Reid: Start drilling in ANWR
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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
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.
Karl / protein wisdom:
You Are Here  —  The PresidentialWatch08 map is composed of the 297 most visible and influential websites and blogs - out of a complete dataset of over 2000 sites - using Linkfluence's proprietary crawl technology.  —  As Ethan Zuckerman writes: “The idea here is to look at linking between political blogs …
 
 
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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
The Elizabeth Edwards Show
Discussion: Pollster.com
Neela Banerjee / New York Times:
Survey Shows U.S. Religious Tolerance
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
McCain gambling on offshore drilling
Nina Easton / Fortune:
What Obama means for business
Bonnie Erbe / US News:
Barack Obama, Serial Flip-Flopper
Discussion: American Power and CNN
Joe Galloway / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S.-allied Iraqi politician kills 2 U.S. troops, wounds 4
Discussion: Informed Comment
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Rove Says Obama Is Like “Arrogant” Martini Drinking Country Club Member
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Internal documents:Capitol ill-prepared for bomb attack
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