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11:35 AM ET, June 27, 2008


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Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
JUSTICE BREYER AND THE CULTURE WARS: I think it's illuminating to compare Justice Breyer's dissent in DC v. Heller with his dissent in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, 536 U.S. 693 (2002), the Cleveland school voucher case from a few years ago.  Like Heller, Zelman is a “culture wars” case.
Discussion: Of Arms and the Law
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Obama Lead Tight Over McCain  —  Illinois Senator Barack Obama enters the General Election with a tight lead, 43% to 38%, over Arizona Senator John McCain, according to a new TIME Magazine poll of registered voters.  The poll shows Obama gaining only a slight bounce from Hillary Clinton's departure from the campaign early this month.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Time poll: Virtual dead heat
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Gallup Daily: Obama, McCain Still Tied, Now at 44%
Discussion: American Spectator and Donklephant
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
When Anonymity Fails, Be Nasty, Brutish and Short  —  Throughout the Bush presidency, he toiled in secrecy deep within the White House, a mysterious and feared presence who never stepped into the sunlight of public disclosure.  —  Until yesterday.  —  There he sat, hunched and scowling …
Sara Just / Political Radar:
Tensions Remain Among Clinton Donors  —  ABC's Kate Snow reports: The crowd's mood was but strained but supportive at Thursday's meeting between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and about 150 of Clinton's top donors at a Washington hotel.  —  The former rivals appeared upbeat …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Sam's Club Agenda  —  Among the many dark tidings for American conservatism, there is one genuine bright spot.  Over the past five years, a group of young and unpredictable rightward-leaning writers has emerged on the scene.  —  These writers came of age as official conservatism slipped into decrepitude.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sadr's army dissolving?  —  According to the Middle East Times, Moqtada al-Sadr's militia has begun to disintegrate after a series of confrontations with the Iraqi Army throughout the south of Iraq.  The remnants of the Mahdi Army have gone underground, forming an armed network on a much smaller scale.
Middle East Times:
Mehdi Army dissolving, reports say
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and QandO
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Destroys Tower at Nuclear Site  —  SEOUL, South Korea — In a gesture demonstrating its commitment to halt its nuclear weapons program, North Korea blew up the most prominent symbol of its plutonium production Friday.  —  The 60-foot cooling tower at the North's main nuclear power plant collapsed …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Intel Dump
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Cheer up.  We're winning this War on Terror  —  Al-Qaeda and the Taleban are in retreat, the surge has worked in Iraq and Islamism is discredited.  Not a bad haul  —  “My centre is giving way.  My right is in retreat.  Situation excellent.  I shall attack!”
Discussion: Hot Air and
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Let McCain Be McCain  —  The big political headline this week, of course, involves John McCain's endless and humiliating attempts to placate Mitt Romney by bowing to demands he hire his operatives and pay his campaign debt.  So far all he's got is a grudging one-sentence endorsement from that rampaging rage-aholic Ann Romney.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fuels on the Hill  —  Congress has always had a soft spot for “experts” who tell members what they want to hear, whether it's supply-side economists declaring that tax cuts increase revenue or climate-change skeptics insisting that global warming is a myth.  —  Right now, the welcome mat …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Keith Olbermann's reply and Obama's Secret Plan to Protect the Rule of Law  —  Keith Olbermann went to Daily Kos to respond to what I wrote yesterday regarding his and Jonathan Alter's statements on Obama's support for the FISA bill.  Despite his having packed his response with substance-free invective …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Tanden signs on  —  Hillary Clinton's former policy director, Neera Tanden, will start next week in Chicago as Barack Obama's Director of Domestic Policy, reporting to policy director Heather Higginbottom, a source familiar with the plans said.  —  Tanden is the most senior Clinton loyalist to join Obama …
Dan Frosch / New York Times:
Citing Need for Assessments, U.S. Freezes Solar Energy Projects  —  DENVER — Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal government has placed a moratorium on new solar projects on public land until it studies their environmental impact, which is expected to take about two years.
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
New Ad Hits Obama on Abortion  —  The lobbying arm of the Family Research Council, the conservative Christian organization, is going on the air in several cities on Friday with a television ad featuring a personal note from the group's president, Tony Perkins, to Senator Barack Obama.
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Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Americans Prioritize the Economy Over Terrorism
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
CBS to Appeal Military Court Ruling on Haditha Interview
Discussion: Media Blog
Dale Eisman / Virginian-Pilot:
Sen. Webb's new GI Bill gets overwhelming OK in Senate
Discussion: The Huffington Post and MSNBC
Binyamin Appelbaum / Boston Globe:
Grim proving ground for Obama's housing policy
Is Lara Logan being smeared for her criticism of Iraq war coverage
Jeff Carlton / Associated Press:
Court overturns conviction in Ashley's Killer case
Discussion: The Seminal and TalkLeft
Joe Klein / ADL:
Media Watch … Dear Mr. Foxman,  —  I respectfully disagree …
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Matthew Yglesias:
Have You Heard McCain Was a POW?
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
The Ever-Malleable Mr. Obama  —  “To be clear: Barack will support …
Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
Virginia's Islamic Academy on Shaky Legal Ground
Carl / Israel Matzav:
UN ‘Human Rights Council’ bans criticism of Islam
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Lieberman on His Private Chat with Obama, Rev. Wright, and How McCain …
Steve Connor / The Independent:
Exclusive: No ice at the North Pole