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5:45 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 …
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
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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John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama Snobbery Watch
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and FOX Embeds
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.
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Cynthia Burton / Philly.com:
GOP club accused of racism for Obama web banner
Discussion: Think Progress
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
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 …
Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
McCain Campaign Restricts Press Access  —  PITTSBURGH — Welcome to the new John McCain press strategy.  —  Avoid them.  —  McCain today held a 10-minute press conference, complete with podium, microphones for the questioners, network-quality audio and a camera for a local television station, which allowed CNN to carry it live.
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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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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.
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 …
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.
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.”
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.”
Randy Furst / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Obama campaign revamps trip offer  —  The campaign reworded a solicitation on its website to comply with state law.  People can now win a trip without donating money.  —  Barack Obama's presidential campaign modified a solicitation for donations on its national website Tuesday evening …
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate agrees to Sept. 26 adjournment date
Discussion: The Swamp
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
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE McCAIN-ONOMICS....This is amusing.  A couple of Politico …
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Angry Bear
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
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 officials spar over ‘black hole’ comment