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7:25 PM ET, June 25, 2008


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David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rejects Death Penalty for Child Rape  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled, 5 to 4, on Wednesday that sentencing someone to death for raping a child is unconstitutional, assuming that the victim is not killed.  —  “The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child …
Michelle Malkin:
What the child rapist, saved today by Supreme Court liberals, did to his 8-year-old stepdaughter  —  Anthony Kennedy and the leftists on the Supreme Court ruled this morning that what child rapist Patrick Kennedy did to his 8-year-old stepdaughter is a crime that should not be punishable by death.
Discussion: Bench Memos, Hot Air and Stop The ACLU
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.
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 …
Gallup Daily: Obama, McCain Tied at 45%  —  Obama had held at least a slim advantage for most of June  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update on the presidential election finds John McCain and Barack Obama exactly tied at 45% among registered voters nationwide.
Rolling Stone:
Inside Barack Obama's iPod  —  Barack Obama is a Stevie Wonder geek.  In the Democratic presidential candidate's new interview with Rolling Stone editor-in-chief Jann S. Wenner, Obama waxed rhapsodic about his favorite artists, many of whom — Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jay-Z — have shown him love with endorsements.
Angela Balakrishnan / Guardian:
Obama reveals his iPod playlist
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and ATTACKERMAN
Joe Queenan / Guardian Unlimited:
Obama's iPod: everything but Garth Brooks
Discussion: Guardian
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Taking Ownership of Iraq?  —  Having recently returned from Egypt, I have the Suez Canal on my mind.  And looking at Iraq from Cairo, the thought occurred to me that maybe the Iraqis have just crossed the Suez Canal.  If so, that's good news.  —  What am I talking about?
M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Conservatives Mount Campaign To Claim ‘Iraq War Was Worth It’
Discussion: abu muqawama
John Gizzi / Human Events:
Pelosi on ‘Hush Rush,’ and Filibustering FISA  —  The speaker of the House made it clear to me and more than forty of my colleagues yesterday that a bill by Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.) to outlaw the “Fairness Doctrine” (which a liberal administration could use to silence Rush Limbaugh …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
To the Loser Go the Spoils  —  Hillary Clinton was taking the elevator up to her Senate office yesterday for the first time since she lost the Democratic presidential nomination when one of her aides, Philippe Reines, warned her about the condition of her office.
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Day 2 on the Hill for Clinton
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.
Dan Balz / The Trail:
New Wine in Old Bottles  —  A campaign between Barack Obama and John McCain once offered enormous possibilities for something new.  Instead, the two presumptive nominees have opened their campaigns for the White House with what looks and sounds like a repeat of the kind of politics both have promised to leave behind.
Associated Press:
Tough-guy actor eyes Senate seat  —  LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Sonny Landham carved out a tough-guy reputation in a series of big-screen roles, from roughing up Sylvester Stallone to getting tossed out a window by Carl Weathers.  —  He pulls no punches in his newest role …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Making Private Calls Appealing To Hillary's Top Fundraisers — And Sometimes Hearing Criticism In Return  —  Barack Obama has begun privately calling Hillary's top fundraisers and making personal appeals for their support, and in some cases is getting some criticism in return …
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 …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
AGAIN!  —  Chris Matthews, for the second day in a row, makes the Obama/Osama goof:  —  In case you missed yesterday's, which to his credit Matthews caught:
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David Goldstein / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Kansas governor, Obama ally, warns GOP will play race card
Dan Neil / Los Angeles Times:
The Think City: In Norway, they're building your first electric car
Report: Climate change could increase terrorism
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain labels energy plan ‘The Lexington Project’
Discussion: and Commentary
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
E Pluribus Obama  —  I missed this when it was first reported yesterday …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Marc Ambinder:
Plouffe On McCain's Squandared Opportunity
Matt / Think Progress:
Former McCain Strategist Blames Charlie Black's Gaffe On 'Tremendous …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A hint on the veepstakes  —  Plouffe is asked whether he thinks …
Discussion: MSNBC and
 Earlier Items: 
John Riley / Spin Cycle:
Schumer: Against telcom immunity
Ralph Peters / USA Today:
I'm for McCain, but not the GOP
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Plouffe: Barr could make the difference
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and MyDD
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
McCain vs. Obama as Commander in Chief
Discussion: The Swamp
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bush basher Scott McClellan might bolt GOP
Megan McArdle:
The lesser of two incredibly awful evils
Discussion: alicublog
Steven Ginsberg / The Trail:
Obama's Emails With Scarlett Johansson
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
The Greenest Show on Earth: Democrats Gear Up for Denver