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5:55 PM ET, June 24, 2008

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Digby / Hullabaloo:
They Like Him, They Really Like Him  —  Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present the Constitutional Sell-out of the year award (brought to you by The Politico and the good people from Depends): … .  —  What a guy.  Clearly, those who demand that the party should hew closer to the positions …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
FISA: Call Your Wobbly FISA Senator  —  It's no secret, the Senate is getting ready to follow the House's lead and screw us on FISA, letting telecom criminals off the hook.  (For a real belly full of disgust, read this article on a preening Steny Hoyer in Politico.  Did he write it himself?)
Lynn Sweet:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says —"I'm a victim of sexism myself all the time."  —  WASHINGTON—"I'm a victim of sexism myself all the time," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) discussing Tuesday morning whether sexism played a significant role in the defeat of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Washington Wire:
Pelosi Says More Debate on FISA Would Be ‘Healthy’
Discussion: Hoffmania! and Daily Kos
Paul West / The Swamp:
Pelosi: Clinton was victim of sexism
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 …
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Surge Protection  —  I think David Brooks has it essentially right here about Bush's stubborness—as opposed to his knowledge of strategy or tactics or the situation on the ground in Iraq—as the reason why he made the correct choice on Iraq in late 2006.  But, as Brooks says, history is complicated …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
GAO Report Faults Post-'Surge' Planning
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Obama holds 12-point lead over McCain, poll finds  —  A Times/Bloomberg Poll says that in a two-man contest, 49% of respondents favor Barack Obama, while 37% support John McCain.  With Ralph Nader and Bob Barr added to the mix, Obama holds 15-point edge.  —  » Discuss Article WASHINGTON …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA/MCCAIN: ‘PSYCHOLOGICAL’ BENEFIT?  —  Yesterday, McCain admitted that his offshore drilling proposal would probably have mostly “psychological” benefits, NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy reports.  At a town hall in Fresno that primarily focused on energy issues, McCain was asked a question …
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Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
Obama To Hammer McCain On Offshore Drilling “Gimmick”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and TigerHawk
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Report Sees Illegal Hiring Practices at Justice Department  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Department officials over the last six years illegally used “political or ideological” factors to hire new lawyers into an elite recruitment program, tapping law school graduates with conservative credentials …
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.
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Retiring GOP reps frustrate leadership  —  House Republican leaders might be forgiven for thinking that retiring rank-and-file Republicans would soften the blow caused by their departures by casting some cost-free votes down the party line.  —  But they would be mistaken.
Jerry Seinfeld / New York Times:
Dying Is Hard.  Comedy Is Harder.  —  THE honest truth is, for a comedian, even death is just a premise to make jokes about.  I know this because I was on the phone with George Carlin nine days ago and we were making some death jokes.  We were talking about Tim Russert and Bo Diddley and George said: “I feel safe for a while.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
What's Wrong With the Kansas City Star?  —  A disgraceful contribution from their house cartoonist:
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 …
 
 
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Matthew Yglesias:
Prize Patrol  —  I think the idea of using prizes to try …
Discussion: pandagon.net and The Caucus
Alex Kingsbury / US News:
Seizing Laptops and Cameras Without Cause
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain travels to Colombia, Mexico
Discussion: TIME.com
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Proposes a $300 Million Prize for a Next-Generation Car Battery
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain faces protesters in Santa Barbara
Reuters:
Economy on brink of recession, Greenspan says
Associated Press:
BBQ flap at Odessa Juneteenth event troubles group
Discussion: The Other McCain
NEWS.com.au:
Cartoon ruling may prompt ‘Islamophobia’
 Earlier Items: 
Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
Are Senate Races Moving in One Direction?
Think Progress:
Fox Analyst: Iraqis ‘Owe Us’ 100-Year Leases On Their Oil, ‘We Ought To Take It’
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
Even Now, Dems Seem Wholly Uninterested in the Outcome of Iraq
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama tacks away from his left-wing base
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
WJC on board—if not enthused just yet
The Politico:
Senators' mortgages under microscope
Amy Sullivan / Time:
Will Pro-Choice Women Back McCain?