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11:25 AM ET, June 29, 2008

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Newsweek:
Mrs. McCain, San Diego County Would Like a Word  —  When you're poor, it can be hard to pay the bills.  When you're rich, it's hard to keep track of all the bills that need paying.  It's a lesson Cindy McCain learned the hard way when NEWSWEEK raised questions about an overdue property-tax bill …
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The Huffington Post:
McCains Defaulted On Home Taxes For Last Four Years, Newsweek To Report  —  Newsweek is set to publish a highly embarrassing report on Sen. John McCain, revealing that the McCains have failed to pay taxes on their beach-front condo in La Jolla, California, for the last four years and are currently in default …
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James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
McCain on Gas Prices: 'I Don't See How it Matters'  —  In a recent interview with the Orange County Register's Martin Wisckol, John McCain said that, not only doesn't he know how much gas costs, it doesn't matter.  (Tangentially related: “Nothin' Matters and What If It Did” was an excellent album title.
Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
PREPARING THE BATTLEFIELD  —  The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.  —  L ate last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
'It's Over, Lady!'  —  UNITY, N.H.  —  Unity was spared the banality of unanimity.  —  Carmella Lewis, with her Hillary T-shirt and Hillary placard, came all the way from Denver to make sure there would be plenty of ambiguity, duality and ferocity in Unity.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
A Win by McCain Could Push a Split Court to Right  —  For much of its term, the Supreme Court muted last year's noisy dissents, warmed to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s vision of narrow, incremental decisions and continued a slow but hardly steady move to the right.
Discussion: TIME.com and On Deadline
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
In a Complicated Term, Kennedy Left Boldest Mark
Discussion: The Swamp and Power Line
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Anxious in America  —  Just a few months ago, the consensus view was that Barack Obama would need to choose a hard-core national-security type as his vice presidential running mate to compensate for his lack of foreign policy experience and that John McCain would need a running mate who was young and sprightly to compensate for his age.
Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Crisis grows in Iraq over U.S. raid that killed Maliki relative  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq — Senior Iraqi government officials said Saturday that a U.S. Special Forces counterterrorism unit conducted the raid that reportedly killed a relative of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki …
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
McCain's unorthodox campaign  —  Such seemingly contrary tactics as focusing on national security and foreign affairs when voters are most concerned about the domestic economy have provoked consternation among fellow Republicans.  —  This week, when Barack Obama campaigns in Ohio and Colorado …
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Obama Supporters Take His Middle Name as Their Own  —  Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge.  But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on Facebook.com, mimicking her boyfriend and shocking her father.
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
A New Political Geography  —  Role Reversals in Virginias Reflect National Shifts  —  When Sen. Barack Obama chose the Nissan Pavilion in the outer suburbs of Northern Virginia to kick off his general-election campaign, one of the 10,000 supporters there was David Bruzas …
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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Jo Mannies / Political Fix:
McCain outspending Obama on TV ads in Missouri
Russell Shorto / New York Times:
No Babies?  —  IT WAS A SPECTACULAR LATE-MAY AFTERNOON …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Martin Zimmerman / Los Angeles Times:
Envisioning a world of $200-a-barrel oil
Derrick Z. Jackson / Boston Globe:
Holding Muslims at arm's length
Discussion: GINA COBB and NewsBusters.org
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“The Puppy Had A Fee!”
Discussion: Althouse
Katie Zezima / New York Times:
Law School Pays the Price in 'Don't Ask' Rule Protest
Christina Lamb / Times of London:
Robert Mugabe's thugs shout: 'Let's kill the baby'
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
LIARS' ROUND-UP  —  ON SECURITY, FACTS MATTER
Deacon / Power Line:
A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT — FOR LEARNING HOW TO WRITE WELL
Discussion: Dartblog
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Louisiana passes first antievolution “academic freedom” law
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Occupation Plan for Iraq Faulted in Army History
Jim Burrows / my.barackobama.com:
Senator Obama - Please Vote NO on Telecom Immunity - Get FISA Right
Matt / Think Progress:
Cheney ‘tried to block North Korea nuclear deal.’
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Fox News Finds Its Rivals Closing In