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11:35 AM ET, June 30, 2008

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Gottalaff / The Political Carnival:
CNN: “Wesley Clark tried to Swiftboat John McCain today.”  —  I haven't been around all day, but I cannot ignore this.  I'm livid right now.  —  Rick Sanchez's lead-in to his next segment just now on CNN: … I'm liveblogging.  He goes on to say: … Rick Sanchez is mad.
Jill / Brilliant at Breakfast:   John asks the question so I don't have to
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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Warner Todd Huston / Stop The ACLU:
Google Shuts Down Anti-Obama Sites on its Blogger Platform
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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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
So Maybe That Long Primary Race Wasn't So Bad
Discussion: Gallup
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.
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 …
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Club for Growth
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Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Obama and McCain search for running mates
Discussion: MSNBC
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Mark Preston / CNN:
Congressional Democrats hire Bush impersonator  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Democrats will use a President Bush impersonator in a new radio advertising campaign that seeks to link 13 incumbent Republicans to rising gas prices as the country heads into the Fourth of July holiday.
Discussion: The Swamp and The Fix
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
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Obama's for Equal Pay, Yet Pays Female Staffers Less Than Males  —  (CNSNews.com) - 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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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?
 
 
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John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
Obama to tell his ‘only in America’ story
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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
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The Voters of Appalachia ...  A - Are Hicks, B - Are Hillbillies …
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