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3:19 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 …
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 …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justices Bar Death Penalty for the Rape of a Child
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Bench Memos:
Kennedy v. Louisiana
Discussion: Right Wing News
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 …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Sister Toldjah
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Serenity Lost: Obama And The Netroots  —  Only weeks into the general election campaign and already a notable tension is beginning to materialize within the Democratic Party.  At question is Sen. Barack Obama's relationship with the progressive netroots, the online community that helped aid …
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Confluence
Dan Balz / The Trail:
New Wine in Old Bottles
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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:
Discussion: TPM Election Central
M.E. Sprengelmeyer / Rocky Mountain News:
Nader: Obama ‘talking white’
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
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
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 …
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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11-day prayer for Obama's success
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Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
The Greenest Show on Earth: Democrats Gear Up for Denver
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
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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
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Expanding Domestic Oil And Natural Gas Exploration And Production
CBS News:
Israel Prodding U.S. To Attack Iran
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and TPMCafe
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
AGAIN!  —  Chris Matthews, for the second day in a row, makes the Obama/Osama goof:
 Earlier Items: 
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
Matt / Think Progress:
Former McCain Strategist Blames Charlie Black's Gaffe On 'Tremendous …
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Queen Strips Mugabe of Knighthood
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
SOMETIMES IT'S JUST TOO EASY.  Adar Kielczewski at the American Thinker: