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12:05 PM 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 …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Honestly, besides being tortured, what did McCain do to excel in the military?  —  It's not “nice” to ask the question, but it's actually a pretty good question.  Yes, we all know that John McCain was captured and tortured in Vietnam (McCain won't let you forget).
Gen. Clark challenges McCain's qualifications  —  (CNN) — Retired U.S. General Wesley Clark, a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, questioned Sunday whether Sen. John McCain's military experience qualified him to be commander-in-chief.  —  The McCain campaign called for Obama to condemn the remarks.
Jill / Brilliant at Breakfast:   John asks the question so I don't have to
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 …
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Obama and McCain search for running mates
Discussion: MSNBC
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.
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 …
Warner Todd Huston / Stop The ACLU:
Google Shuts Down Anti-Obama Sites on its Blogger Platform
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.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
So Maybe That Long Primary Race Wasn't So Bad  —  As the primaries dragged on—and on and on and on—many pundits worried that it was damaging Barack Obama's chances to win the presidency.  (And, just to be clear, by the last few primaries I was agreeing with them.)
Discussion: Gallup
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
Washington Post:
A Death Penalty Puzzle  —  The Murky Evidence for and Against Deterrence  —  Although the Supreme Court banned capital punishment for child rape last week, the justices have made it clear that for homicide, states may inflict the ultimate penalty.  Last month, capital punishment resumed after a seven-month moratorium.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Macsmind
William Rees-Mogg / Times of London:
Robert Mugabe hailed a hero at African Union summit  —  Sonia Verma in Sharm el-Sheikh, and Philippe Naughton  —  Robert Mugabe was hailed a “hero” by Africa's longest-serving head of state as he joined his fellow leaders at an African Union summit.  —  The 84-year-old flew to the meeting …
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Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Michelle Obama: 'I don't want to be a distraction'
Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy / NO QUARTER:
“Why Do They Hate Us?”  —  Last night, I was reading Curve Magazine …
Ari Melber / The Nation:
Obama Network Organizes and Revolts Over Spying
Discussion: WYTV-TV, PrezVid, MyDD and BuzzMachine
Helen Smith / Pajamas Media:
Ask Dr. Helen: Can a Man Be Raped by a Woman?
Discussion: alicublog and Chicago Boyz
Michael Scherer / Time:
McCain's Delicate Immigration Dance
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
Nixonian Fallacy  —  Oil Futures and the Folly of Price Controls
 Earlier Items: 
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
9 in 10 see rising gas prices causing family hardship
Discussion: PSoTD and AMERICAblog News
Michael J. Totten:
The Road to Kosovo, Part II
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Pentagon Fights EPA On Pollution Cleanup
John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
Obama to tell his ‘only in America’ story
Discussion: Political Radar
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D-WY) …
William Kristol / New York Times:
The Choice They Made  —  Half a century ago the philosopher …
Discussion: Firedoglake
San Francisco Chronicle:
Feds probe S.F.'s migrant-offender shield