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2:05 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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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.
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Strata-Sphere
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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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 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.
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 …
Christina Lamb / Times of London:
Robert Mugabe's thugs shout: 'Let's kill the baby'  —  A baby boy had both legs broken by supporters of President Robert Mugabe to punish his father for being an opposition councillor in Zimbabwe.  —  Blessing Mabhena, aged 11 months, was seized from a bed and flung down with force as his mother …
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New York Times:   Zimbabwe Faces Wider Sanctions Under Bush Plan
 
 
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Ginger Adams Otis / New York Post:
OBAMA THE CANDIDATE OF ‘CHANGE MY MIND’
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and TIME.com
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Barack Obama may recruit defence chief Robert Gates
The Politico:
McCain and Obama court Latino voters
Jo Mannies / Political Fix:
McCain outspending Obama on TV ads in Missouri
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
A New Political Geography  —  Role Reversals in Virginias Reflect National Shifts
Russell Shorto / New York Times:
No Babies?  —  IT WAS A SPECTACULAR LATE-MAY AFTERNOON …
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
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Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Crisis grows in Iraq over U.S. raid that killed Maliki relative
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
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
Jim Burrows / my.barackobama.com:
Senator Obama - Please Vote NO on Telecom Immunity - Get FISA Right
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Obama Supporters Take His Name as Their Own