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9:40 AM ET, June 30, 2008

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Some on left target McCain's war record  —  The highest voltage third rail of this presidential campaign may not be race, sex, or age, but Senator John McCain's military service.  —  McCain's campaign Sunday issued a pair of outraged statements after retired general and Barack Obama supporter Wesley Clark …
Discussion: TIME.com
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CNN:
Gen. Clark challenges McCain's qualifications
Discussion: Donklephant and The Debate Link
Josh Kraushaar / Yahoo! News:
Clark hits McCain's military credentials
Discussion: protein wisdom
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Obama Agenda  —  It's feeling a lot like 1992 right now.  It's also feeling a lot like 1980.  But which parallel is closer?  Is Barack Obama going to be a Ronald Reagan of the left, a president who fundamentally changes the country's direction?  Or will he be just another Bill Clinton?
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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.
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Lack of funds hobbling the ‘Republican attack machine’  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats and the media have used the term so much that it's almost an article of faith.  But the so-called “Republican attack machine” waiting with piles of unregulated cash to chew up Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is anything but.
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Veterans Long to Reclaim the Name ‘Swift Boat’
William Kristol / New York Times:
The Choice They Made  —  Half a century ago the philosopher Leo Strauss remarked that the passage in which the Declaration of Independence proclaims its self-evident truths “has frequently been quoted, but, by its weight and its elevation, it is made immune to the degrading effects …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
GOP Sharpens Attacks on Obama  —  Allies of McCain Casting Democratic Candidate as Unprincipled, Opportunistic  —  CLEVELAND — Sen. John McCain's allies have seized on a new and aggressive line of attack against Sen. Barack Obama, casting the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee …
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.
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
Nixonian Fallacy  —  Oil Futures and the Folly of Price Controls  —  A few years back, when “subprime” generally referred to beef, economists used to congratulate themselves on their progress since the 1970s.  Central banks had learned to tame inflation.  Politicians had learned to appreciate the folly of price controls.
Michael J. Totten:
The Road to Kosovo, Part II  —  My friend and traveling companion Sean LaFreniere and I awoke at first light on the shores of Montenegro.  We originally planned to catch a bus or a taxi up the mountains into Kosovo, but we still had a few hours before it was time to drop off the rental car.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
David Kopel / New York Sun:
Heller's Kitchen  —  When the case of District of Columbia v. Heller was before the Supreme Court, Mayor Bloomberg filed a brief in support of the District's handgun ban, arguing that a militia-only interpretation of the Second Amendment was necessary to keep New York City's gun laws intact.
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Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:   A silver bullet for Obama?
John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
Obama to tell his ‘only in America’ story  —  Presidential campaign to ratchet up patriotic themes  —  To some ears, his name sounds foreign.  His father was not an American citizen.  Many of his relatives live overseas.  And a portion of his own childhood was spent abroad.
Discussion: Political Radar
Steve Tuttle / Newsweek:
The Voters of Appalachia ...  A - Are Hicks, B - Are Hillbillies, C - Are Rednecks, D - Don't appreciate where you're going with this  —  “Hick.”  “Hillbilly.”  “Redneck.”  “Inbred.”  “Cracker.”  “Ridge Runner.”  I heard and self-effacingly used them all when I left the mountains …
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Simon / Bloggasm:
Who's responsible for shutting down a number of anti-Obama Blogspot accounts?  —  When Carissa Snedeker went to log into her Blogspot account Wednesday evening at about 7:30, she had no idea what would be waiting for her.  She had created her blog, Blue Lyon, three years ago and up until …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and The Confluence
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Pentagon Fights EPA On Pollution Cleanup  —  The Defense Department, the nation's biggest polluter, is resisting orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up Fort Meade and two other military bases where the EPA says dumped chemicals pose “imminent and substantial” dangers to public health and the environment.
 
 
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Michael Scherer / Time:
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
9 in 10 see rising gas prices causing family hardship
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MSNBC:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D-WY) …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Feds probe S.F.'s migrant-offender shield
Doug Smith / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq to investigate 4 shooting deaths
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Center Fetish  —  Glenn Greenwald takes on the beltway …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
U.S. Advised Iraqi Ministry on Oil Deals
 Earlier Items: 
John Lantigua / Palm Beach Post:
Execution nears for man who murdered 11-year-old
Discussion: Associated Press and TalkLeft
John R. Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
The Tragic End of Bush's North Korea Policy
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama, Take Note
Discussion: The New Republic
Los Angeles Times:
Roberta McCain steals reporter's heart, strikes fear in handlers'
Discussion: TIME.com and The Caucus
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Late Edition: Sy Hersh Says Attacks On Iran Happening Now
Neal Gabler / Los Angeles Times:
Cannibal liberals  —  Why do left-leaning journalists eat their own?
Discussion: Don Surber
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Dumbing Down the Presidency  —  People campaign for the presidency …