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4:40 AM ET, June 26, 2008


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Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
The Real FISA Vote Passes 80 to 15 With the Presidential Nominees Passing  —  They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.  - Benjamin Franklin  —  The FISA Cloture vote just passed.  The Senate will now consider the motion …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama On FISA: Telecom Immunity Issue Doesn't Override National Security  —  At a presser today, Obama weighed in again on the FISA cave, and suffice it to say that what he said won't make opponents any less unhappy about Obama's position than they were already.
The Sideshow:
Not that hard to parse  —  Greg Sargent has a couple of good points …
Discussion: American Street
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Netroots feel jilted by Obama's FISA stand  —  When former Sen. John Edwards dropped out of the presidential race, the progressive Netroots took their affections to Barack Obama, defending him against attack from Hillary Rodham Clinton and others.  —  But with his support of a government surveillance bill …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Serenity Lost: Obama And The Netroots
Discussion: The Raw Story, The Confluence and Salon
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.
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 …
New York Post:
KEITH GOES NUTS OVER KETCHUP  —  MSNBC blowhard Keith Olbermann couldn't even control his temper at a memorial reception for beloved Tim Russert.  —  Network sources told Page Six Olbermann was furious last week when MSNBC didn't get him a first-class ticket to Washington, DC …
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.
Mark Halperin /
HALPERIN'S TAKE: What Smart Republican Strategists Think Should Be on John McCain's To-Do List  —  1. Prove to your staff you can drive a message for more than one consecutive day.  —  2. Tell Americans what the one, key difference is between you and Obama.
Sue Littlemore / BBC:
Law ‘will ban age discrimination’  —  The government is to bring forward new legislation to outlaw all forms of age discrimination, the BBC has learned.  —  Equalities Minister Harriet Harman is expected to announce the plan on Thursday as part of a package of measures in an Equalities Bill.
Jann S. / Rolling Stone:
A Conversation With Barack Obama  —  The Candidate Talks About The Youth Vote, What's On His iPod and His Top Three Priorities As President  —  Shortly after Barack Obama claimed victory in the fight for the Democratic nomination, I joined him aboard his chartered 757 campaign plane as a member of the press corps.
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
The Latest NIE Scandal  —  A friend on the Hill writes:
CNN:   Report: Climate change could increase terrorism
BREAKING ELECTION NEWSGAYPATRIOT EXCLUSIVE:John McCain Meets with Log Cabin Republicans President  —  GayPatriot has exclusively learned that presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Senator John McCain held a personal meeting with the head of the national gay Republicans organization, the Log Cabin Republicans.
Discussion: Hot Air, Pam's House Blend and Macsmind
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
BlueDogs seek a hunting ground in upper chamber  —  Blue Dog Democrats, frustrated that their fight to end deficit spending has been stymied by the Senate, may endorse candidates running for the upper chamber.  —  Leaders of the group told The Hill on Wednesday that they are considering plans …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Booman Tribune
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Parties Split on How to Expand Offshore Drilling  —  HOUSTON — The two political parties have settled on markedly different strategies for improving domestic oil supplies to help lower gasoline prices.  —  Republicans want to end the 27-year ban on offshore drilling along much of the nation's coastline …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Queen Strips Mugabe of Knighthood  —  Queen Elizabeth II has stripped Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's strongman president for nearly 30 years, of his honorary knighthood as a “mark of revulsion” at the human rights abuses and “abject disregard” for democracy over which he has presided, the British Foreign Office announced Wednesday.
Discussion:, 23/6 and Reason Magazine
Paul Wolfowitz / Wall Street Journal:
How to Put the Heat on Mugabe
Discussion: Telegraph and The New Republic
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
McCain Declares Energy Independence by 2025  —  From CBS News' Jamie Farnsworth:  —  Las Vegas, NV - Senator John McCain unveiled the name of his energy project in Las Vegas today as he wrapped up the western swing of his two week energy tour.  Deemed the Lexington Project …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain labels energy plan ‘The Lexington Project’
Discussion: and Commentary
Matthew Yglesias:
The Nader Way  —  Via Andrew Sullivan, Ralph Nader's not very taken with Barack Obama: … I would find this more persuasive were it not for the fact that Obama does want to crack down on predatory lending and other forms of financial exploitation of the poor.  And then there's this:
Rocky Mountain News:
Partial transcript of Ralph Nader's comments
Matthew Yglesias:
Shock of the Old  —  Belle Waring returns to the United States from Singapore where she lives: … I believe it's the Pulaski Skyway (pictured above).  In part, a country like the United States just isn't going to be able to compete infrastructure-wise with a newly-prosperous country like Singapore …
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Teresa Isanhart /
Why it's time to lay off NAFTA  —  Campaign season is just getting warmed up, but looking back on the primaries we've already seen plenty of the usual fare: candidates shaking hands, hanging out at diners, and scaring voters about foreigners who are taking your jobs.
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The Hindu:
11-day prayer for Obama's success
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The Greenest Show on Earth: Democrats Gear Up for Denver
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Hidden Sex Scenes Draw Ho-Hum, Except From Lawyers
Discussion: Law Blog
Sifu Tweety Fish / The Poor Man Institute:
Perfect for the filibuster fan in your life
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Sadly, No!
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Cut Damages Award in Exxon Valdez Spill
John McCain 2008:
Expanding Domestic Oil And Natural Gas Exploration And Production
CBS News:
Israel Prodding U.S. To Attack Iran
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and TPMCafe
 Earlier Items: 
David Goldstein / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Kansas governor, Obama ally, warns GOP will play race card
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
AGAIN!  —  Chris Matthews, for the second day in a row, makes the Obama/Osama goof:
M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Conservatives Mount Campaign To Claim ‘Iraq War Was Worth It’
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
Associated Press:
Tough-guy actor eyes Senate seat
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A hint on the veepstakes  —  Plouffe is asked whether he thinks …
Discussion: MSNBC and