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4:35 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 …
Discussion: Commentary
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” …
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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?)
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!
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 …
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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 …
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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.
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:
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.
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
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 …
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.
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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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
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
Discussion: alicublog and American Street
 Earlier Items: 
Nedra Pickler / Time:
Bill Clinton Offers Support to Obama
Wall Street Journal:
Home-Price Gains Are Erased, Now Stand at 2004-2005 Levels
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Retiring GOP reps frustrate leadership
Discussion: The New Republic
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?
Financial Times:
Chinese agree 96% jump in ore prices
Nina Easton / Fortune:
What Obama means for business