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6:15 PM ET, June 28, 2008

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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
An Attack That Came Out of the Ether  —  Scholar Looks for First Link in E-Mail Chain About Obama  —  PRINCETON, N.J.  —  The e-mail landed in Danielle Allen's queue one winter morning as she was studying in her office at the Institute for Advanced Study, the renowned haven for some of the nation's most brilliant minds.
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Byron York / The Corner:
Oppo Research in the Tradition of Einstein  —  The Washington Post has published an unintentionally amusing article this morning about one Danielle Allen, a “razor-sharp, 36-year-old political theorist” at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. Allen, with doctorates from Cambridge and Harvard …
Telegraph:
Bill Clinton says Barack Obama must ‘kiss my ass’ for his support  —  By Tim Shipman in Washington and Philip Sherwell in New York  —  Bill Clinton is so bitter about Barack Obama's victory over his wife Hillary that he has told friends the Democratic nominee will have to beg for his wholehearted support.
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Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
It's My Party, I'll Cry If I Want To  —  “What does Bill Clinton want?”  —  Barack Obama quickly determined what Hillary Clinton wants in the aftermath of defeat: a major role in the general election campaign, a star turn at the convention, help with her debt, and Obama's support for elected officials who backed her.
Discussion: Swampland and Political Insider
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Barack Obama to visit Britain
Christopher Stern / Bloomberg:
Hagel, Republican for Now, Says He Has No Plans to Back McCain  —  Senator Chuck Hagel declined to endorse his party's likely presidential nominee, John McCain, and said he would consider serving as secretary of defense in a Barack Obama administration.  —  Hagel, who last year considered …
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Hagel floats possibility of a new third party, says GOP has ‘come loose of its moorings.’  —  On Bloomberg TV this weekend, host Al Hunt asked Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) whether he is considering changing parties.  “I don't know forever, but right now I'm not considering changing my registration …
Gallup:
Americans Oppose Income Redistribution to Fix Economy  —  Half say the government is doing too much, 43% too little to solve country's problems  —  PRINCETON, NJ — When given a choice about how government should address the numerous economic difficulties facing today's consumer …
Discussion: Liberal Values and Will Wilkinson
Peter Wehner / Washington Post:
Dobson vs. Obama  —  Earlier this week, Focus on the Family's James Dobson criticized Sen. Barack Obama, accusing him of “deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit ... his own confused theology,” of having a “fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution” …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Unity Is Crowded  —  Unity, N.H.  —  Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton held their political bonding ceremony in the middle of a field since the tiny town where they did the deed had no buildings big enough to host such a momentous occasion.  The symbolism was obviously supposed to stretch way, way beyond mere unity.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Matt Stoller / Open Left:
The Corroded Corruption at the Heart of Moving to the Center  —  There are several articles today on Obama moving to the center.  In the LA Times, Obama is shifting toward the center, several pundits discussed Obama's recent political triangulating.  Will Marshall of the DLC …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Booman Tribune
Karl / protein wisdom:
Filp-Flop for Change?  Yes, we can!  —  According to the Washington Post, Barack Obama's sudden shifts on public financing and electronic surveillance are not flip-flopping.  Rather, Obama is being pragmatic... with nuance (yes, David Sirota is even quoted dropping the n-bomb):
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:   In Campaign, One Man's Pragmatism Is Another's Flip-Flopping
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
NRA sues San Francisco on public-housing gun ban  —  The NRA has decided not to waste time in the wake of the Heller decision, but to begin pushing on a wide front to dismantle gun bans around the nation.  In San Francisco, that means testing a ban on gun ownership in public housing …
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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Challenges to Bans on Handguns Begin
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Fox News Finds Its Rivals Closing In  —  When prime-time cable news ratings for the second quarter of 2008 are officially released next week, they will show that Fox News reclaimed the top spot among viewers in their mid-20s through mid-50s, those of greatest interest to news advertisers …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Political Maneuvers Delay Bill After Bill in Senate  —  The Senate went home yesterday for the Fourth of July holiday to face voters, having failed repeatedly to address critical economic issues from skyrocketing gas prices to climate change to the nation's housing crisis.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama still doesn't get YouTube, does he?  —  In days gone by, politicians could issue mutually-contradictory messages with near impunity as the mainstream media rarely would double-check the historical record.  Now, with video on line and millions of fact-checkers scrutinizing every statement …
Sean O'Neill / Times of London:
Second al-Qaeda leader to be freed in Britain  —  Secret negotiations have taken place to arrange the release from a British jail of one of al-Qaeda's most important operatives in Europe, The Times has learnt.  —  The prisoner, who can be identified only as U, is expected to be released …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Van Helsing / Moonbattery:
Amnesty International Hits Bottom with Phony Gitmo Display  —  Amnesty International used to be on the side of the good guys, drawing attention to the horrors inflicted by America's authoritarian enemies.  Now, it is a shill for those same enemies, and its farcical tactics are worthy of the most juvenile left-wing extremists.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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CNSNews:   Amnesty International Tours Gitmo Cell as Proof of US Torture
 
 
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Mike Dorning / Chicago Tribune:
McCain: immigration ‘top priority’
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Obama is shifting toward the center
Discussion: TalkLeft and NewsBusters.org
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Euro-MPs: fear and loathing on the gravy train
Discussion: Moonbattery and EU Referendum
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
The Return of Dr. No  —  “They didn't live up to what they promised to do.
Discussion: TIME.com and The Corner
Bob Drogin / Los Angeles Times:
Can you hear me now?  —  Bedeviled by a bad cellphone connection …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and TIME.com
MSNBC:
Report: Iran will use oil as weapon if attacked
Jim Michaels / USA Today:
New training hones Marines' visual skills
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and TownHall Blog
MSNBC:
‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ for Thursday, June 26
 Earlier Items: 
Pete Hegseth / The Corner:
Obama zigzags on Iraq
New York Times:
Taliban Imperil Pakistani City, a Major Hub
Discussion: Swampland
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Morning Joe: Obama Advisor Sets Scarborough Straight On Bush's Diplomatic Failures
Discussion: Associated Press
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Delahunt's disgrace
Ben Adler / The Politico:
Conservatives warm to McCain's view of the law
Discussion: Hot Air and Wake up America
Ben Winograd / SCOTUSblog:
Heller Discussion Board: Miller, Colt .45s and Natural Law
Anne-Elisabeth Moutet / Weekly Standard:
L'Affaire Enderlin  —  Being a French journalist means never having to say you're sorry.
Discussion: Power Line