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5:50 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 and Shakesville
Michelle Malkin:
FISA on the floor; nutroots in a frenzy; Update: FISA reform passes, 69-28  —  The Senate held three votes on telecom immunity amendments this afternoon and a final vote on the FISA reform bill will take place later today.  After all is said and done, the 9/10 Democrats will go along …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Congress votes to immunize lawbreaking telecoms, legalize warrantless eavesdropping  —  The Democratic-led Congress this afternoon voted to put an end to the NSA spying scandal, as the Senate approved a bill — approved last week by the House — to immunize lawbreaking telecoms …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA: Voting Set To Begin
Discussion: TalkLeft
Kelly Moeller / Political Punch:
Obama's FISA Shift
Discussion: Redstate
Jesse Helms / Raleigh News & Observer:
He quit rather than lower flag for Helms  —  RALEIGH - L.F. Eason III gave up the only job he'd ever had rather than lower a flag to honor former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms.  —  Eason, a 29-year veteran of the state Department of Agriculture, instructed his staff at a small Raleigh lab not to fly …
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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
John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama Snobbery Watch
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and FOX Embeds
CNN:
Jesse Jackson apologizes for comments critical of Obama  —  (CNN) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson issued an apology to Barack Obama Wednesday for making what he called a “crude and hurtful” remark about the Illinois senator's recent comments directed toward some members of the black community.
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Jesse Jackson  —  has been caught on tape — he thought the mic …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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.
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 …
Ben / Think Progress:
Reporters Dismiss McCain's Iran ‘Joke’ As Part Of His ‘Real Guy’ Persona  —  The AP reported yesterday that U.S. exports to Iran “grew more than tenfold during President Bush's years in office.”  When a reporter informed Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) of the story, noting that …
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Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Killing Iranians, or The Problem With Straight Talk
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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE McCAIN-ONOMICS....This is amusing.  A couple of Politico reporters called some of the 300 economists who “enthusiastically support” John McCain's “Jobs for America” plan and found that their support was somewhat less enthusiastic than advertised: … Maybe he shouldn't have!
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Angry Bear
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Caroline Fredrickson / The Huffington Post:
A Loss of Freedom  —  After years of outrage and empty promises to rein in the president's warrantless wiretapping program, the House of Representatives recently passed an unconstitutional bill to give the president even greater powers to spy on our phone calls and emails.  The Senate is poised to do the same this week.
Discussion: ACLU Blog
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA: Final Votes On The FISA Amendments Act
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 …
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Mac's Off Cap-and-Trade  —  After writing favorably about Sen. McCain's recent economics speeches, where he clearly shifted toward the supply-side both on tax cuts and producing more energy, I went back last evening and carefully read his 15-page policy pamphlet called “Jobs for America.”
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.
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.”
 
 
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Amanda / Think Progress:
Senators Give Kennedy A Standing Ovation As He Returns To Cast …
Kevin K. / Rumproast:
“Hillraiser” Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild calls Obama an “elitist” on CNN
Randy Furst / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Obama campaign revamps trip offer
Discussion: TIME.com
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate agrees to Sept. 26 adjournment date
Discussion: The Swamp
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
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New DNC Web Ad Blasts McCain's Shifting Positions On Iraq
Steve Kraske / Kansas City Star:
Obama plans unprecedented campaign staff numbers in Missouri
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda Simon / ACLU Blog:
FISA Vote, or How I Lost Complete Faith in Our Legislative Branch
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
MORE ON OBAMA, ABORTION, AND THE PAY GAP.
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
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Funds Misappropriated at 2 Nonprofit Groups
Kevin Krause / Dallas City Hall Blog:
Dallas County officials spar over ‘black hole’ comment