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6:10 PM ET, June 30, 2008


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Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Obama criticizes in patriotism speech  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday, in a major speech on patriotism, criticized for referring to Gen. David Petraeus as General Betray Us last year.  —  The Illinois senator said politics too often seems …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain surrogate defends Swift Boaters  —  One of the participants in McCain's conference call today was Colonel Bud Day, a longtime McCain ally who was also a member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004.  —  I asked Day whether how he'd compare the attacks he was saying McCain faces today …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DC PRESS LORDS LAY DOWN FIRE FOR MCCAIN  —  It's not surprising.  But it is an example of the fatuous McCain worship that is the bread and butter of the Washington press corps that Wes Clark's comments this weekend on Face the Nation are being called ‘swift-boating’.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Swiftboating McCain  —  Ben Smith documents the left's gross attacks on McCain's military record: … Wesley Clark is now and always has been a Clinton-type, but this is pretty revolting.  This kind of personal attack was repulsive coming against Kerry from the far right.  And it's repulsive the other way round.
McCain Truth Squad defender was Swift Boat Vet member  —  (CNN) — One of the members of John McCain's new Truth Squad — which his campaign says was launched to respond to unfair attacks on his record of military service — was a member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and appeared in an attack ad for the group in 2004.
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Obama Rebukes Clark  —  The McCain campaign would love to keep talking about Wesley Clark's weekend comment—that McCain “getting shot down” during Vietnam is no credential for commander in chief.  Indeed, even as Obama speaks on patriotism in Missouri, McCain is holding a presser in Pennsylvania to discuss the Clark comment.
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
McCain Rebuffs Military Critics; Obama Defends Patriotism  —  WASHINGTON — The presidential campaign turned personal on Monday as John McCain's camp offered an unusually sharp and vigorous defense against attacks on the relevance of his military experience to national leadership …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Dem Guru: McCain Limited by POW Years
Discussion: Hot Air
Scott Martelle / Top of the Ticket:   Barack Obama slaps down Wesley Clark — gently
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Uses Swift Boat Vet Bud Day To Rebut Wesley Clark
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Note to the religious right: auto-replace is not your friend  —  Auto-correct can be a very helpful feature of any word-processing program.  But when conservatives use it, they run the risk of embarrassing themselves.  —  Some far-right sites that subscribe to the Associated Press feed …
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
The Dangers of Auto-Replace  —  In addition to blocking traffic from websites they don't like, it looks like the web-geniuses behind the American Family Association's OneNewsNow site have a few other tricks up their sleeves, such as automatically replacing any use of the word “gay” with the word …
Discussion: Wake up America and Boing Boing
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Romney tops McCain veep list  —  Surprising many Republican insiders, Mitt Romney is at the top of the vice-presidential prospect list for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).  But lack of personal chemistry could derail the pick.  —  “Romney as favorite” is the hot buzz in Republican circles …
Video: Governor Pawlenty on McCain's Relationship with Evangelicals
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Obama's for Equal Pay, Yet Pays Female Staffers Less Than Males  —  ( - While Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has vowed to make pay equity for women a top priority if elected president, an analysis of his Senate staff shows that women are outnumbered and out-paid by men.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Does Obama pay women less than men?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama talks to Bill Clinton  —  Seeking to beat back reports of a continuing rift, the Obama campaign announced today that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former President Bill Clinton have talked by phone.  —  Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said: “Senator Obama had a terrific conversation …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama speaks with Bill Clinton
Discussion: The Swamp and Top of the Ticket
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Krugman Is Stumped, Too  —  Hey, it's not just Republican surrogates who are making the point that Barack Obama is “unprincipled and opportunistic.”  Joining fellow New York Times columnist David Brooks on the list of those Obama has utterly confused, Paul Krugman debates with himself whether Obama …
Gail Sheehy / Vanity Fair:
Hillaryland at War  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign had it all: near-death moments, hard-won triumphs, dysfunctional relationships—and a staff consumed with infighting over how to sell their candidate.  It was a battle that revealed why she came so close to victory, as well as why she didn't make it.
Discussion: The Swamp, Political Radar and Hot Air
George Packer / New Yorker:
OBAMA'S IRAQ PROBLEM  —  In February, 2007, when Barack Obama declared that he was running for President, violence in Iraq had reached apocalyptic levels, and he based his candidacy, in part, on a bold promise to begin a rapid withdrawal of American forces upon taking office.
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
In Flag City USA, False Obama Rumors Are Flying  —  FINDLAY, Ohio — On his corner of College Street, Jim Peterman stares at the four American flags planted in his front lawn and rubs his forehead.  Peterman, 74, is a retired worker at Cooper Tire, a father of two, an Air Force veteran and a self-described patriot.
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