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5:50 PM ET, June 30, 2008


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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 …
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 …
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.
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Dem Guru: McCain Limited by POW Years
Discussion: Hot Air
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Uses Swift Boat Vet Bud Day To Rebut Wesley Clark
Media Matters for America:
Fox's Henneberg deceptively cropped Clark interview while claiming …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama: I will never question others' patriotism  —  INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Monday he will never question others' patriotism during the race and blames his own “carelessness” for some criticism of him so far.  Obama sought to reassure voters …
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 …
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.
Scott Martelle / Top of the Ticket:   Barack Obama slaps down Wesley Clark — gently
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama speaks with Bill Clinton
Discussion: The Swamp and Top of the Ticket
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 …
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
Satyam / Think Progress:
White House: Polls are flawed, Bush sees a ‘shift in attitudes’ toward him.  —  Despite polls showing record levels of dissatisfaction with President Bush, U.S. News reported on Friday that the White House is in an “upbeat mood” and that aides “see a president who still gets his way.”
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Lieberman Suggests There Will Be Terrorist Attack In 2009
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   White House backs Lieberman's warning of attack
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 …
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.
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.
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Gail Sheehy / Vanity Fair:
Hillaryland at War  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign had it all …
Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
Barack Obama embarks on seven-nation tour to boost credentials
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Brian Beutler / MoJoBlog:
John Yoo's Attempt to Discredit a Critic
Discussion: Think Progress
Wall Street Journal:
White House Blocks EPA Emissions Draft
Prosecutor: Couple's crimes related to cult
Discussion: Wonkette and Shakesville
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Re-Reading Kristol  —  I have a bunch of books in my Ptown shack …
Discussion: Angry Bear
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: TalkLeft
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Dry Hole
Discussion: Redstate and Betsy's Page
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Iraq Contractor Security Assessment Differs From Bush/McCain
Discussion: DefenseLINK and Think Progress
Shannen Coffin / The Corner:
WALL-E, No thanks  —  Yes — I must have watched a different movie …
Simon / Bloggasm:
Who's responsible for shutting down a number of anti-Obama Blogspot accounts?