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7:20 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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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.
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
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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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
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 …
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Sara Clarke / Orlando Sentinel:
24 cars vandalized in downtown Orlando
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
 
 
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Uzi Mahnaimi / Times of London:
Iran ready to strike at Israel's nuclear heart
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Barack Obama may recruit defence chief Robert Gates
New York Times:
Zimbabwe Faces Wider Sanctions Under Bush Plan
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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 …
Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Crisis grows in Iraq over U.S. raid that killed Maliki relative