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3:50 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 …
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?)
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
The Politico:
How Hoyer got the deal done
Digby / Hullabaloo:
They Like Him, They Really Like Him  —  Ladies and Gentlemen …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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 …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Report Says Partisanship Reigned in Justice Department Hiring Program
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:   Breaking: OIG And OPR Confirms Politicization Of Hiring At DOJ
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and
Paul West / The Swamp:
Pelosi: Clinton was victim of sexism
Washington Wire:
Pelosi Says More Debate on FISA Would Be ‘Healthy’
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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 …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
What's Wrong With the Kansas City Star?  —  A disgraceful contribution from their house cartoonist:
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Roosting Chickens  —  Don Imus has now got himself in hot water again …
Discussion: alicublog
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 …
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama tacks away from his left-wing base  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is shifting to the center after months of battling Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) for the hearts of the Democratic Party's liberal base.  —  His recent strategy of political triangulation has already sparked a fight …
The Politico:
Senators' mortgages under microscope  —  Amid a brewing scandal over special mortgage deals given to two U.S. senators, Politico last week asked the offices of all 100 senators to describe the circumstances under which they obtained their own home loans.  Seventy-seven senators have complied so far.
Associated Press:
BBQ flap at Odessa Juneteenth event troubles group  —  ODESSA — Leaders of the Black Cultural Council say volunteers and the black community felt “humiliated” after two health department food inspectors threatened to put a stop to a Juneteenth celebration over questions about food preparation for 600 free barbecue sandwiches.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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 and Political Machine
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Jerry Seinfeld / New York Times:
Dying Is Hard. Comedy Is Harder.
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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
Discussion: alicublog and American Street
Nedra Pickler / Time:
Bill Clinton Offers Support to Obama
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Retiring GOP reps frustrate leadership
Discussion: The New Republic
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown: Gas Pain, John McCain And The $300 Million Battery
Discussion: Shakesville
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Financial Times:
Chinese agree 96% jump in ore prices
IDF soldier dies from self-inflicted gunshot at Sarkozy farewell
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ad showing men kissing pulled
Discussion: Shakesville and
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Iran's ‘Nightmare Scenarios’ Are Mulled in Washington
Nina Easton / Fortune:
What Obama means for business