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5:50 PM ET, June 29, 2008

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Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain: I 'Don't See How It Matters' That I Don't Know The Price Of Gas  —  In a telephone interview with the Orange County Register earlier this week, John McCain acknowledged he was unaware of the price of gas.  The OC Register's Martin Wicksol reports:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The baseless, and failed, “Move to the Center” cliche  —  Republican Nancy Johnson of Connecticut was first elected to Congress in 1982, and proceeded to win re-election 11 consecutive times, often quite easily.  In 2004, she defeated her Democratic challenger by 22 points.
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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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Chief Justice, Dylan and the Disappearing Double Negative  —  The last chief justice liked light opera.  The new one cites Bob Dylan.  —  Four pages into his dissent on Monday in an achingly boring dispute between pay phone companies and long distance carriers, John G. Roberts Jr. …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Amygdala
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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.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
McCain Holds Up New Orleans As An Educational Success Story  —  Download |  Play Download |  Play (h/t Heather)  —  During a speech to the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials John McCain is asked what he would do to insure that all working and middle class Americans …
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CNN:
McCain: Obama's word cannot be trusted
Discussion: The Reaction
The Politico:   McCain and Obama court Latino voters
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Arizona Presidential Election  —  Arizona: McCain Leads By Nine in Home State  —  Since Hillary Clinton dropped out of the race for the White House, Barack Obama has enjoyed a bounce in the national polls and in many state polls.  John McCain's home state of Arizona is no exception …
WKMG-TV:
‘Obama’ Hate Messages, Graffiti Cover 60 Orlando City Vehicles  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Vandals spray-painted “Obama Smokes Crack” and other hate messages on 60 city vehicles parked across the street from City Hall in downtown Orlando.  —  Investigators said the vandals painted the messages …
Josh Kraushaar / Yahoo! News:
Clark hits McCain's military credentials  —  Gen. Wesley Clark, acting as a surrogate for Barack Obama's campaign, invoked John McCain's military service against him in one of the more personal attacks on the Republican presidential nominee this election cycle.
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Mark Preston / CNN:   Analysis: Bob Barr says he's no Nader
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.
Ginger Adams Otis / New York Post:
OBAMA THE CANDIDATE OF ‘CHANGE MY MIND’  —  It's back and forth for Barack Obama.  —  The candidate of change has changed some of his own positions in recent weeks, raising the risk he'll be labeled a flip-flopper on hot-button issues that look as if they will play a central role in the general election.
Discussion: TIME.com and JammieWearingFool
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 42%  —  Race had been precisely tied in last three reports  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking presidential trial heat, based on July 25-26 and 28 interviewing, finds Barack Obama moving slightly ahead of John McCain, 46% to 42%.
Discussion: The New Republic
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Why Not A Debate In Dubai?  —  Here's a crazy idea that's being discussed by the rulers of the Persian Gulf city-state of Dubai: What if they were to invite Barack Obama and John McCain to come to the desert oasis for a presidential debate?  —  Yes, I know: This is America's presidential campaign …
New York Times:
Zimbabwe Faces Wider Sanctions Under Bush Plan  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush called Saturday for an international arms embargo against Zimbabwe in the wake of last week's “sham election,” and announced that the United States is drafting new economic sanctions that, for the first time …
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Christina Lamb / Times of London:
Robert Mugabe's thugs shout: 'Let's kill the baby'
 
 
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Uzi Mahnaimi / Times of London:
Iran ready to strike at Israel's nuclear heart
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Israel Matzav
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Barack Obama may recruit defence chief Robert Gates
Josh White / Washington Post:
Army's History of Iraq After Hussein Faults Pentagon
Jo Mannies / Political Fix:
McCain outspending Obama on TV ads in Missouri
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
McCain's unorthodox campaign
Russell Shorto / New York Times:
No Babies?  —  IT WAS A SPECTACULAR LATE-MAY AFTERNOON …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Anxious in America  —  Just a few months ago, the consensus view …
Derrick Z. Jackson / Boston Globe:
Holding Muslims at arm's length
Discussion: GINA COBB and NewsBusters.org
Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Crisis grows in Iraq over U.S. raid that killed Maliki relative