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11:15 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.
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
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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 …
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
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.
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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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
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
What's Wrong With the Kansas City Star?  —  A disgraceful contribution from their house cartoonist:
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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.
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 …
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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Financial Times:
Chinese agree 96% jump in ore prices
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
The Elizabeth Edwards Show
Discussion: Pollster.com
Neela Banerjee / New York Times:
Survey Shows U.S. Religious Tolerance
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
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Iran's ‘Nightmare Scenarios’ Are Mulled in Washington
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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:
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