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6:45 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 …
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
FISA on the floor; nutroots in a frenzy; Update: FISA reform passes, 69-28
Kelly Moeller / Political Punch:
Obama's FISA Shift
Discussion: Power Line, The Caucus and Redstate
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 wasn't on — trashing Obama in colorful terms.  According to Sean Hannity (who will have the tape on Hannity & Colmes later), his beef is that Obama lectures the black community.  “That helps Obama” was my first thought.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Drudge Report:   REV. JACKSON TRASH TALKS OBAMA: ‘CUT HIS N**S OUT’
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Roland S. Martin / CNN:
Martin: Don't sanitize Helms' racist past
Discussion: American Spectator
Amanda / Think Progress:
Senators Give Kennedy A Standing Ovation As He Returns To Cast Critical Vote On Medicare Bill  —  Today, the Senate chamber erupted into loud cheers when Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) returned to cast his vote on long-stalled Medicare legislation.  Senators gave Kennedy, who has been battling a brain tumor, a long standing ovation.
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Ted Barrett / CNN:
Kennedy weighing Senate comeback  —  (CNN) — Sen. Ted Kennedy, who was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor nearly two months ago, is weighing whether to return to the Capitol Wednesday afternoon, for the first time since he got sick, to help break a Republican filibuster of an important Medicare bill …
Discussion: New York Times and BuzzFlash.org
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Kennedy Returns To Senate Floor To Usher In Medicare Vote
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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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Tomorrow's anti-Obama email today
Discussion: Don Surber and MoJoBlog
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.
Kevin K. / Rumproast:
“Hillraiser” Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild calls Obama an “elitist” on CNN  —  Here's frustrated and filthy rich “Hillraiser” Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild appearing Monday on (yes, you guessed it) Fox News' Your World (aka Your Daily PUMA):  —  Some background: Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild …
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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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
What About Social Security Was McCain Calling a “Disgrace?”
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Talking Points Memo
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.
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
Discussion: Rumproast and Spin Cycle
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 …
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.”
 
 
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Randy Furst / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Obama campaign revamps trip offer
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
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
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
MORE ON OBAMA, ABORTION, AND THE PAY GAP.
Ray D. Madoff / New York Times:
Dog Eat Your Taxes?
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE McCAIN-ONOMICS....This is amusing.  A couple of Politico …
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Angry Bear
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Bolt / NEWS.com.au:
Doomed to a fatal delusion over climate change
Discussion: Don Surber
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Dreams of Laura  —  The headline on the conservative blog …
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Single digit approval? Not exactly
New York Post:
INTELLECTUALS LIE, THE POWERLESS DIE
Washington Post:
Iran Test-Fires Long-Range Missile
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Funds Misappropriated at 2 Nonprofit Groups
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Foundry
Sameh El-Shahat / Telegraph:
Holy Cows: George W Bush - buffoon or great leader?
Kevin Krause / Dallas City Hall Blog:
Dallas County officials spar over ‘black hole’ comment