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11:55 AM ET, June 29, 2008

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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.
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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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.
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
In a Complicated Term, Kennedy Left Boldest Mark
Discussion: The Swamp and Power Line
Josh White / Washington Post:
Army's History of Iraq After Hussein Faults Pentagon  —  A new Army history of the service's performance in Iraq immediately after the fall of Saddam Hussein faults military and civilian leaders for their planning for the war's aftermath, and it suggests that the Pentagon's current …
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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 …
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: The Politico, The Caucus and TIME.com
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.
 
 
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Holding Muslims at arm's length
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