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4:55 PM ET, July 9, 2008

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Today's coverup of surveillance crimes and Barack Obama  —  What we learned in December, 2005 that George Bush and the telecoms were doing — listening in on the private conversations of American citizens without warrants — is a felony under clear U.S. law, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine for each offense.
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Senate Backs Wiretap Bill to Shield Phone Companies  —  WASHINGTON — More than two and a half years after the disclosure of President's Bush's domestic eavesdropping program set off a furious national debate, the Senate gave final approval on Wednesday afternoon to broadening the government's spy powers …
Discussion: TIME.com
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
SENATE TICK-TOCK ON THE FISA BILL  —  From NBC's Ken Strickland  —  The Senate is finally expected to wrap up the bill updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act today, which includes the controversial provision of retroactive immunity for telecom companies facing lawsuit.
John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
Obama's online muscle flexes against him  —  Fans use his Web site to rip shifts in policy  —  The same Internet-fueled power that led to historic gains in organizing and fundraising for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign is now providing a platform for fiery dissent in a most unlikely place: his own Web site.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA: Voting Set To Begin
Discussion: TalkLeft
Kelly Moeller / Political Punch:
Obama's FISA Shift
Discussion: Redstate
Michelle Malkin:
FISA on the floor; nutroots in a frenzy; Update: FISA reform passes, 69-28
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Roland S. Martin / CNN:
Martin: Don't sanitize Helms' racist past
Discussion: American Spectator
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
One nation, not just speaking English  —  After a substantial speech decrying the current state of bankruptcy law in the United States, Barack Obama took a few questions from the audience in Powder Springs, Georgia on Tuesday morning.  One young woman asked whether there was anything …
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Dishonest or Stupid?  —  Via Jim Geraghty I see Obama had this to say about proponents of English-only laws: … Me: Jim has a lot more thoughts on this.  But it seems to me the central point is that this is either staggeringly dishonest or stupendously dumb.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Tomorrow's anti-Obama email today
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Macsmind
Jason Springer / Blue Jersey:
Pemberton GOP: Airbrushing Racism Since...  So the Pemberton and Burlington County GOP got caught today.  Take a look at a before screen shot of the Pemberton GOP website and see if anything looks out of place...  Ah, what a tasteful municipal party message.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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Cynthia Burton / Philly.com:
GOP club accused of racism for Obama web banner
Nitya / Political Punch:
Jesse Ventura To Run for Senate?  —  In an interview with NPR's David Welna that ran today former Gov. Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Ind-Minn., sounds like he may run for Senate, challenging incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., whom Ventura defeated for governor in 1998, as well as Democratic nominee …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA: Final Votes On The FISA Amendments Act  —  digg it  —  From Sen. Chris Dodd this morning: … The Senate is scheduled to come back into session at 2:15 pm ET.  The votes on final passage for the FISA Amendments Act will occur shortly thereafter.  As usual, we'll be watching...
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Caroline Fredrickson / The Huffington Post:
A Loss of Freedom  —  After years of outrage and empty promises …
Discussion: ACLU Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Maliki's Withdrawal Card  —  A year ago, the conventional Beltway wisdom had it that Iraq was a failed state.  Today, the same wisdom holds that it is less chaotic but still fragile, dependent entirely on a U.S. presence to survive.  But judging by recent comments from Nouri al-Maliki, even this view may be out of date.
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CNN:
Iraq official: U.S. could be out by 2011
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Killing Iranians, or The Problem With Straight Talk  —  The press corps and many an American voter fell for McCain because he's a little edgy, has a real sense of humor, and will say unexpected things.  This works great when you're driving around New Hampshire in a bus and holding town hall meetings …
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Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
McCain Issues Top Ten Funniest Ways to Kill Iranians
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
T. Boone Pickens / Wall Street Journal:
My Plan to Escape the Grip of Foreign Oil  —  One of the benefits of being around a long time is that you get to know a lot about certain things.  I'm 80 years old and I've been an oilman for almost 60 years.  I've drilled more dry holes and also found more oil than just about anyone in the industry.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate agrees to Sept. 26 adjournment date  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has agreed to the House target of adjourning Congress by Sept. 26, giving it only a few weeks to finish an agenda that, Democrats say, has been backed up because of Republican opposition.
Discussion: The Swamp
New York Post:
INTELLECTUALS LIE, THE POWERLESS DIE  —  THE greatest lie intellectuals tell us is that “the pen is mightier than the sword.”  That's what cowards claim when they want to preen as heroes.  —  Billions of words have been hurled at Sudan's government.  The misery in Darfur not only continues but deepens.
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Pat Buchanan Advertises His Book On Neo-Nazi Radio Show  —  You read that right.  On June 29th, MSNBC personality and three-time presidential candidate Pat Buchanan appeared on a neo-Nazi radio program to promote his new revisionist history of the Second World War, Churchill, Hitler …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
QUITE A STATEMENT  —  People say a lot of things about Social Security — a lot of it nonsense.  But I haven't heard something like this in a long time.  John McCain says that Social Security, as originally conceived more than 70 years ago, is an “absolute disgrace.”
Steve Kraske / Kansas City Star:
Obama plans unprecedented campaign staff numbers in Missouri  —  How much would Barack Obama love to win Missouri?  —  Let us count the staffers... 148, 149, yes, 150 ...  The Democrat's campaign said Tuesday it is tripling its paid staff — to an unprecedented 150 workers …
 
 
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Randy Furst / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Obama campaign revamps trip offer
Discussion: TIME.com
Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
McCain Campaign Restricts Press Access
Carol Marbin Miller / MiamiHerald.com:
Foster child denied shot at new liver
Discussion: All Spin Zone
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Mac's Off Cap-and-Trade
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New DNC Web Ad Blasts McCain's Shifting Positions On Iraq
Amanda Simon / ACLU Blog:
FISA Vote, or How I Lost Complete Faith in Our Legislative Branch
Discussion: Daily Kos and Discourse.net
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
MORE ON OBAMA, ABORTION, AND THE PAY GAP.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE McCAIN-ONOMICS....This is amusing.  A couple of Politico …
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Angry Bear
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Andrew Bolt / NEWS.com.au:
Doomed to a fatal delusion over climate change
Discussion: Don Surber
Los Angeles Times:
McCain's bad G-8 judgment call
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Dreams of Laura  —  The headline on the conservative blog …
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Single digit approval? Not exactly
The New Republic:
McContradiction  —  What's worse than flip-flopping?
Discussion: The American Scene
Washington Post:
Iran Test-Fires Long-Range Missile
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Funds Misappropriated at 2 Nonprofit Groups
Kevin Krause / Dallas City Hall Blog:
Dallas County meeting turns racial