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12:40 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 …
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.
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Breaking: OIG And OPR Confirms Politicization Of Hiring At DOJ  —  diggs  —  digg it  —  The Office Of Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility at the Department of Justice have issued a joint inspection report regarding two of the most prestigious fast track programs …
Andy Zajac / The Swamp:
Watchdogs whack DOJ for cronyism  —  A pair of Justice Department watchdogs this morning weighed in with a scathing report which concludes that senior department officials used political affiliation to weed out candidates for coveted appointments to a pair of prestigious entry level programs …
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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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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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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.
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
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: Shakesville and 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
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DEMS GIVING MCCAIN A BIG PASS  —  I just saw John McCain very gravely lamenting Barack Obama's decision not to accept public financing for the general election campaign and opining about what it says about Obama's ethics and trustworthiness.  And I must confess that I'm a little confused …
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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Campaign Funding Hypocrisy: Why Are the Media Looking the Other Way?
Discussion: Bang the Drum
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
WJC on board — if not enthused just yet  —  Bill Clinton has issued a one-sentence endorsement for Obama via spokesman Matt McKenna:  —  “President Clinton is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next president of the United States,” McKenna said.
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
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.
 
 
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Amy Sullivan / Time:
Will Pro-Choice Women Back McCain?
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Obama on wrong side of Elian Gonzalez saga
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Matthew Yglesias:
The Information Age  —  I only recently became aware …
Financial Times:
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Fox News:
Obama Apology to Muslim Women Orchestrated by Muslim U.S. House Rep.
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Washington Post:
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Appeals Court Invalidates Detainee's ‘Enemy’ Status
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