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10:15 PM ET, June 29, 2008


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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:
Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain: I 'Don't See How It Matters' That I Don't Know The Price Of Gas
Bill Marsh / New York Times:   Savoring Bargains at the American Pump
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
McCain on Gas Prices: 'I Don't See How it Matters' (Corrected)
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.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Longshots in the veepstakes  —  Last Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) touted Chet Edwards, the little-known Democratic congressman from Waco, Texas, for her party's vice presidential slot.  The players of the popular D.C. parlor game Guess-the-Veep — busy bandying about hot names …
Mark Preston / CNN:   Analysis: Bob Barr says he's no Nader
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Brilliant at Breakfast
Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
PREPARING THE BATTLEFIELD  —  The Bush Administration steps …
‘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 …
Sara Clarke / Orlando Sentinel:
24 cars vandalized in downtown Orlando
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
McCain: Obama's word cannot be trusted
Discussion: The Reaction
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 and The Corner
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.
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The baseless, and failed, “Move to the Center” cliche  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  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.
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
Neal Gabler / Los Angeles Times:
Cannibal liberals  —  Why do left-leaning journalists eat their own?  —  Oh, those crazy journalists.  You know the ones I'm talking about.  The one who described John Kerry as “French-looking” and made up some silly locution to show how out of touch he was — “Who among us doesn't like NASCAR?”
Discussion: Don Surber
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 …
Michael Carmichael / The Huffington Post:
Bush the Pot calls Mugabe the Kettle, “Undemocratic”  —  As a former advisor to Morgan Tsvangirai, I am compelled to offer the following observations on the recent attempt by President George W. Bush to appear less despotic than the reviled president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe.
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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