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4:50 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 …
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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 …
Discussion: The Corner and Commentary
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 …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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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 spouted his justifications to The Politico and said this: … In other words, Democrats achieved a “significant victory” …
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?)
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
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown: Gas Pain, John McCain And The $300 Million Battery
Discussion: Shakesville
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Report Says Partisanship Reigned in Justice Department Hiring Program
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 …
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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.
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.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
What's Wrong With the Kansas City Star?  —  A disgraceful contribution from their house cartoonist:
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.
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain travels to Colombia, Mexico  —  As if the extended presidential campaign weren't enough of a giant road trip, Sen. John McCain will take his show south of the border next week during the Fourth of July Congressional recess.  —  McCain will travel to Colombia and Mexico with best buddies …
Discussion: TIME.com
Reuters:
Economy on brink of recession, Greenspan says  —  JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned on Tuesday the U.S. economy was on the brink of a recession, with the chances of that happening at more than 50 percent.  —  The U.S. economy has been hit …
 
 
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Ed OKeefe / Matthew Dowd:
Obama Brand: Truth or Consequences
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
Associated Press:
BBQ flap at Odessa Juneteenth event troubles group
Discussion: The Other McCain
NEWS.com.au:
Cartoon ruling may prompt ‘Islamophobia’
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
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama tacks away from his left-wing base
Wall Street Journal:
Home-Price Gains Are Erased, Now Stand at 2004-2005 Levels
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?
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ad showing men kissing pulled
Discussion: Shakesville and Towleroad.com
Bonnie Erbe / US News:
Barack Obama, Serial Flip-Flopper