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5:05 AM ET, June 26, 2008


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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.
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 …
The Sideshow:
Not that hard to parse  —  Greg Sargent has a couple of good points …
Discussion: American Street
Dan Eggen / The Trail:
While Fundraising, Bush Mounts Attack on Obama  —  LIVONIA, Mich. — President Bush came to suburban Detroit Wednesday to mount a clear attack on Sen. Barack Obama, though he never actually mentioned the Democratic candidate's name.  —  Instead, Bush suggested through red-meat GOP rhetoric …
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Rocky Mountain News:
Partial transcript of Ralph Nader's comments  —  Below is a partial transcript of independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader's comments to the Rocky Mountain News about presumed Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama.  The interview was conducted on Monday at Nader's campaign headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
NORTH KOREA UPDATE....McClatchy and others report that we're making …
Bruce Bawer / Pajamas Media:
The Times, It Ain't a-Changin'
The Hindu:
11-day prayer for Obama's success
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
The Greenest Show on Earth: Democrats Gear Up for Denver
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
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!
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: 
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Serenity Lost: Obama And The Netroots
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