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9:20 PM ET, June 24, 2008


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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 …
With Clinton Out, More Boys on the Bus  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports on the McCain campaign.  —  In the decades since Timothy Crouse penned the famous campaign trail diary “Boys on the Bus,” the moniker has been amended to a more gender-friendly one.  But on Monday in Phoenix the label was more than appropriate.
Discussion: The Corner
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.
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Chris Frates / The Crypt's Blogs:
Dems who flipped on FISA immunity see more telecom cash  —  House Democrats who flipped their votes to support retroactive immunity for telecom companies in last week's FISA bill took thousands of dollars more from phone companies than Democrats who consistently voted against legislation …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
The Huffington Post:
Dodd And Feingold Will Filibuster Telecom Immunity
Discussion: Liberal Values and The RBC
Matt / Think Progress:
Reid to co-sponsor effort to strip retroactive immunity from FISA bill.
Washington Wire:
Pelosi Says More Debate on FISA Would Be ‘Healthy’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hoffmania!
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 …
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
I've Never Seen An Ad Like This  —  Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) brags in a new television advertisement that he was worked closely and fruitfully with — and the music really does swell — Barack Obama.  —  Not Smith's good friend John McCain.  —  But Barack Obama.
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Color Oregon blue?  —  A fairly stunning new ad from Oregon's Republican senator Gordon Smith leaves little doubt as to which way the wind is blowing there.  —  In the ad, Smith, running hard away from Bush, associates himself at length and explicitly with Obama.
Discussion: and
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
GOP Senator Runs New Ad Touting His Work With Barack Obama
Discussion: Daily Kos and Donklephant
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Bush Paradox  —  Let's go back and consider how the world looked …
Peter Wehner / The Corner:   Joe Klein's “Divided loyalties”
Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
Obama To Hammer McCain On Offshore Drilling “Gimmick”  —  From CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic:  —  (LAS VEGAS) Offshore drilling continues to be a major sticking point between Barack Obama and John McCain, and the two candidates are still jabbing at each other's position for the second week.
Discussion: Don Surber and TigerHawk
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Report Sees Illegal Hiring Practices at Justice Dept.  —  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 …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
CHART OF THE DAY....This one comes from a report of the Justice …
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
Alex Kingsbury / US News:
Seizing Laptops and Cameras Without Cause  —  A controversial customs practice creates a legal backlash  —  Returning from a brief vacation to Germany in February, Bill Hogan was selected for additional screening by customs officials at Dulles International Airport outside Washington …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Was Norm Coleman's wife green-screened into this ad?  —  This is a few days old, but it is too funny to pass up.  What say you? … Here's Coleman's pathetic response to this story.  That was embarrassing.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Dobson accuses Obama of ‘distorting’ Bible
Discussion: SteveAudio and Pharyngula
Michael D. Tanner / Cato-at-liberty:
A Big-Government Running Mate for McCain?
Discussion: Stumper
Courtney Hazlett / MSNBC:
Us readers vote for Obama
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Clinton gets royal treatment upon Senate return
Charlie Martin / Pajamas Media:
Why Trains Just Don't Work in America
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Obama Leads McCain by 15 Points as Voters Reject Republicans
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Boy George denied U.S. visa
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds Slight Edge, 46% vs. 43%
 Earlier Items: 
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Judiciary Subcommitee Approves Subpoena for Doug Feith
Matthew Yglesias:
Prize Patrol  —  I think the idea of using prizes to try …
Discussion: and The Caucus
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain faces protesters in Santa Barbara
Economy on brink of recession, Greenspan says
Associated Press:
BBQ flap at Odessa Juneteenth event troubles group
Discussion: The Other McCain
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama tacks away from his left-wing base
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Retiring GOP reps frustrate leadership
Amy Sullivan / Time:
Will Pro-Choice Women Back McCain?