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10:20 AM ET, June 25, 2008


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Senator Dodd Speaks in Opposition to FISA Bill on Floor of U.S. Senate  —  Click image to play video  —  Remarks as Prepared - Mr. President: I rise—once again—to voice my strong opposition to the misguided FISA legislation before us today.  I have strong reservations about the so-called improvements …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Chris Dodd's speech and a glimmer of hope for stopping the FISA bill  —  Back in December, Harry Reid's plan was to have the Senate quickly pass the Cheney/Rockefeller FISA bill before the Senate recessed for Christmas.  But Chris Dodd's relentless delaying tactics — his filibuster and holds …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Reid Won't Support FISA Compromise, At Odds With Obama
Discussion: CQ Politics and AMERICAblog News
Matt / Think Progress:
Reid to co-sponsor effort to strip retroactive immunity from FISA bill.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama's aim: 14 Bush states and local races  —  Barack Obama will focus his resources largely in 14 states George W. Bush won in 2004, his chief field operative said Tuesday, hoping to score upsets in places like Virginia, Indiana, and Georgia.  —  But winning the White House won't be his only goal …
M.E. Sprengelmeyer / Rocky Mountain News:
Nader: Obama ‘talking white’  —  Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader accused Sen. Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic Party nominee, of downplaying poverty issues, trying to “talk white” and appealing to “white guilt” during his run for the White House.
Discussion: Fox News and Political Punch
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Meet the make-believe strategists of TV  —  Jane Fleming Kleeb went on “The O'Reilly Factor” two weeks ago to talk about global warming, a topic on which, by her own admission, she's hardly an expert.  So who, then, is Jane Fleming Kleeb?  Well, according to the Chyron that flashed across …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Marc Ambinder:
Why Bill Clinton's Miffed At Obama  —  In politics, Hillary Clinton speaks for the Clinton family now, and aside from her campaign debt, she has no real difficulty supporting Barack Obama privately and publicly.  —  But Bill Clinton has a beef.  A Democrat who has spoken directly to Clinton …
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Florida Buying Big Sugar Tract for Everglades  —  LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. — The dream of a restored Everglades, with water flowing from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, moved a giant step closer to reality on Tuesday when the nation's largest sugarcane producer agreed to sell all of its assets to the state and go out of business.
Discussion: The Corner
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Florida Moves to Restore Wetlands
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Neocons Gone Wild  —  My post below, re the surge, has set off squeals of outrage over at Contentions, the Commentary magazine blog.  This is to be expected, but still sad when one of the squealers is Max Boot, whose work I admire.  But Boot, a McCain advisor, goes so far as to reinforce …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
More Phony Myths  —  Karl Rove was impressed with Barack Obama when he first met him.  But now he sees him as a “coolly arrogant” elitist.  —  This was Rove's take on Obama to Republicans at the Capitol Hill Club Monday, according to Christianne Klein of ABC News:  —  “Even if you never met him, you know this guy.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
BREAKING: Bush Administration to Ask Congress on Thursday to REMOVE North Korea from TERROR WATCH LIST  —  (Asst. Secretary of State for East Asia Christopher Hill)  —  Tonight, The Washington Note confirmed that the Bush administration will “ask Congress” to de-list North Korea from America's “terrorist watch list.”
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
An Honor That Bush Is Unlikely to Embrace  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Reagan has his highways.  Lincoln has his memorial.  Washington has the capital (and a state, too).  But President Bush may soon be the sole president to have a memorial named after him that you can contribute to from the bathroom.
Discussion: On Deadline
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Dobson accuses Obama of ‘distorting’ Bible  —  (CNN) — One of the country's leading evangelical leaders is accusing Sen. Barack Obama of deliberately distorting the Bible and taking a “fruitcake interpretation” of the U.S. Constitution.  —  In comments to be aired on his radio show Tuesday …
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
Evangelical Leader Attacks Obama on Religious Views
Felicity Barringer / New York Times:
White House Refused to Open Pollutants E-Mail  —  The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency's conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened …
Joseph A. Palermo / The Huffington Post:
Jon Stewart Skewers Obama on Public Financing  —  Sometime during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq I remember watching a comedy bit on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that drove home what a big joke the United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq were.  The segment featured the UN inspectors …
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
The Inner Obama  —  Here is something you might not know about Senator Barack Obama: His musical tastes are pretty mainstream.  His reading list is, well, a little dark.  —  In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine to be published on Wednesday, Mr. Obama revealed that his iPod was full …
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
CO-Sen: Second Straight Poll Puts Udall Up 9 Points  —  Though the Senate fundraising efforts on this site are focused on the Road to 60 ActBlue list, which includes the races that will take the Democrats right up to the threshold of a 60-vote filibuster-proof supermajority in the chamber …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A Surprise From Syria And Israel?
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Taking Ownership of Iraq?
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Inside John McCain's game plan: 'It's not supposed to be easy'
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Illinois Plans to Sue Countrywide, CEO
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
To the Loser Go the Spoils  —  Hillary Clinton was taking …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Returned To The Battlefield  —  In his dissent in Boumedienne (pdf), Justice Scalia wrote:
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE
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Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and The Impolitic
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Cannon apparently ousted in primary
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