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10:30 AM ET, June 26, 2008


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Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
High Court To Announce Ruling on D.C. Gun Ban
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
New York Times:
U.S. to Take North Korea Off Terror List  —  TOKYO — North Korea took a major step on Thursday toward re-integration into the world community and rapprochement with the United States by submitting for outside inspection a long-delayed declaration of its nuclear program.
Discussion: Swampland and KIKO'S HOUSE
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
Gov. Bobby Jindal Signs Bill to Chemically Castrate Sex Offenders  —  On the heels of today's SCOTUS decision in Kennedy v. Louisiana barring the death penalty for sex offenders, Gov. Bobby Jindal released a statement calling the ruling an “affront to the people of Louisiana” - and what's more …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
The Obamacons Who Worry McCain  —  What is an “Obamacon?”  The phrase surfaced in January to describe British conservatives entranced by Barack Obama.  On March 13 the American Spectator broadened the term to cover all “conservative supporters” of the Democratic presidential candidate.
Discussion: and Spin Cycle
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
John McCain doesn't work weekends  —  Since effectively capturing the Republican nomination when Mitt Romney dropped out of the race on February 7, John McCain has held just one public campaign event on a weekend.  —  Instead, after workweeks full of fundraisers, town hall meetings and interviews …
New York Times:
Democrats in Delicate Talks to Unify Party  —  WASHINGTON — With the help of one of Washington's best-connected lawyers, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are negotiating a thicket of complicated issues, like how to repay Mrs. Clinton's campaign debt and her role at the Democratic convention.
“Optical intercourse”  —  TPM Muckraker adds to the rogues gallery that made up the Justice Department's God-Squaders: … Thanks to TPM reader Citoyen92, we learn a few things about Pensacola Christian College which makes the Yearning For Zion Ranch look like Hef's mansion:
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Jesus' General
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 …
Jacqueline L. Salmon / Washington Post:
ACLU Might File Suit To End Lunch Prayer  —  The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue the U.S. Naval Academy unless it abolishes its daily lunchtime prayer, saying that some midshipmen have felt pressured to participate.  —  In a letter to the Naval Academy, Deborah Jeon …
Discussion: protein wisdom and
Maura Reynolds / Los Angeles Times:
75% blame Bush's policies for deteriorating economy  —  The figure includes large numbers of dissatisfied Republicans and represents a sharp increase in pessimism over the last year.  Higher fuel prices have sharpened the criticism.  —  WASHINGTON — Three out of four Americans …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
It's All About Obama  —  Many candidates have measured the Oval Office drapes prematurely.  But Barack Obama is the first to redesign the presidential seal before the election.  —  His seal featured an eagle emblazoned with his logo, and included a Latin version of his campaign slogan.
Discussion: marbury and
Jonathan Tilove / Newhouse News Service:
Candidates Embody Differing Concepts Of Patriotism  —  The thunder of this year's Fourth of July fireworks may provide brief respite from the partisan clamor over who is the truer patriot — John McCain or Barack Obama.  —  The battle lines are familiar.  They were drawn during the Vietnam War …
Obama's Corn Fake  —  Energy: If Obama wants energy independence through alternative fuels, why doesn't he back imported sugar-based ethanol?  This old-style politician knows it isn't grown in the Midwest and Brazil has no electoral votes.  —  Barack Obama says he represents change.
Discussion: The Corner
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Marc Ambinder:
What The Obama Campaign Is Really Saying
Jonann Brady / ABCNEWS:
Controversial Priest Returns to the Pulpit
Discussion: and Gateway Pundit
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Building a Wall Against Talent
David Morgan / Reuters:
ANALYSIS-McCain foreign policy susceptible to Obama attack
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
WOMEN AND SCIENCE FICTION: Megan McArdle has an interesting post …
Reuven Koret / Israel Insider:
Faked certificate suggests that Obama may not be “natural born” US citizen
William Hershey / Dayton Daily News:
McCain to kick off two-day Ohio campaign swing
Belle Waring / John & Belle Have A Blog:
Pretty Girls...Rock and Roll...America....RULES!
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Debates Rewrite of '78 Law That Created Secret Intelligence Court
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Top McCain Adviser Has Found Success Mixing Money, Politics
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
The Latest NIE Scandal
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Hidden Sex Scenes Draw Ho-Hum, Except From Lawyers
Discussion: Law Blog
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Parties Split on How to Expand Offshore Drilling
Discussion: Hot Air and TownHall Blog
Mark Halperin /
HALPERIN'S TAKE: What Smart Republican Strategists Think Should …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Damages Cut Against Exxon in Valdez Case
Discussion: Firedoglake, Dot Earth and Truthdig
New York Post: