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1:05 AM ET, June 30, 2008


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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.
Mark Preston / CNN:   Analysis: Bob Barr says he's no Nader
Patterico's Pontifications:
Extra!  Stop the Presses!  Think Progress Lies About McCain  —  Think Progress has a post titled McCain: I 'Don't See How It Matters' That I Don't Know The Price Of Gas.  Wow, that sounds pretty bad.  Let's take a look: … Jeez.  That's really awful.  But let's take a look at the actual exchange that Think Progress is citing:
Bill Marsh / New York Times:   Savoring Bargains at the American Pump
McAuliffe: Bill Clinton and Obama to talk within 48 hours  —  (CNN) — Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe assured CNN's Candy Crowley that former President Bill Clinton and presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama will be discussing Clinton's role in the campaign within the next two days.
Media Matters for America:
Kristol, who previously said “[w]hite women are a problem ... we all live with,” is “appalled” by the “sexism and misogyny the Democratic primary voters demonstrated”  —  On the June 29 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday, while discussing a campaign event in which Sen. Hillary Clinton joined …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Late Edition: Sy Hersh Says Attacks On Iran Happening Now  —  Seymour Hersh has been writing about the Bush administration's aggressive stance against Iran for years now.  His latest article for The New Yorker, “Preparing the Battlefield”, Hersh claims that the Bush administration has been carrying …
John Lantigua / Palm Beach Post:
Execution nears for man who murdered 11-year-old  —  Barring unlikely last-minute delays, the end will come this week for murderer Mark Dean Schwab.  —  Various other Florida Death Row inmates are due to follow him to the death chamber at Raiford State Prison in the coming months, after an 18-month moratorium on executions.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ron Word / Associated Press:   Florida prepares for 1st execution since foul up
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama, Take Note  —  From Gallup:
John R. Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
The Tragic End of Bush's North Korea Policy  —  Maskirovka - the Soviet dark art of denial, deception and disguise - is alive and well in Pyongyang, years after the Soviet Union disappeared.  Unfortunately, the Bush administration appears not to have gotten the word.
McCain: Obama's word cannot be trusted  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Hours after sparring with Barack Obama over immigration, John McCain told crowd at fundraiser Saturday night that “Sen. Obama's word cannot be trusted.”  —  “You know, this election is about trust, and trusting people's word …
Discussion: and The Reaction
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:   McCain Holds Up New Orleans As An Educational Success Story
Sara Clarke / Orlando Sentinel:
24 cars vandalized in downtown Orlando  —  23 owned by city; 3 messages politically motivated  —  Vandals spray-painted vehicles Saturday outside Orlando City Hall.  They also left business card-sized notes that disparaged Sens. Obama and John McCain but supported Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: The Swamp
New York Times:
Amid Policy Disputes, Qaeda Grows in Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON — Late last year, top Bush administration officials decided to take a step they had long resisted.  They drafted a secret plan to make it easer for the Pentagon's Special Operations forces to launch missions into the snow-capped mountains …
Discussion: TigerHawk and Oliver Willis
Norman Ornstein / New York Times:
Back to the Center  —  One of the Republican Party's most astute pols, Representative Tom Davis of Virginia, recently reflected on his party's status among voters.  In a 20-page memo for his colleagues, Davis wrote, “If we were a dog food, they would take us off the shelf.”  Bad as things are, they may get worse.
Discussion: Ross Douthat
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Dumbing Down the Presidency  —  People campaign for the presidency by talking their heads off.  By the time the winner reaches the White House, the habit is so ingrained that it is impossible to shake.  —  The result has been what professor Jeffrey Tulis of the University of Texas 21 years ago labeled …
Los Angeles Times:
Roberta McCain steals reporter's heart, strikes fear in handlers'  —  A formal interview with John McCain's mother proves elusive to arrange.  But she picks up the phone on the first ring.  —  By ON THE MEDIA, JAMES RAINEY  —  It's over between Roberta and me.  At least for now.
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
If Terrorists Rock the Vote in 2008
Byron York / The Corner:
“My Top Priority,” Cont'd
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Longshots in the veepstakes  —  Last Tuesday, House Speaker …
Discussion: The Caucus
Neal Gabler / Los Angeles Times:
Cannibal liberals  —  Why do left-leaning journalists eat their own?
Discussion: Don Surber
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
For McCain, Airliner Interior as Campaign Motif
Discussion: The Room and
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Persistent Herbicide In Compost Destroys UK Gardens - Can It Happen Here?
Los Angeles Times:
How gun makers can help us
Discussion: Dean's World
Michael Carmichael / The Huffington Post:
Bush the Pot calls Mugabe the Kettle, “Undemocratic”
 Earlier Items: 
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Chief Justice, Dylan and the Disappearing Double Negative
Discussion: TalkLeft and Amygdala
Uzi Mahnaimi / Times of London:
Iran ready to strike at Israel's nuclear heart
Ginger Adams Otis / New York Post:
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Barack Obama may recruit defence chief Robert Gates