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2:30 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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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.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA: Voting Set To Begin
Discussion: TalkLeft
Washington Post:
FISA's Fetters  —  THE AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union …
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty
Kelly Moeller / Political Punch:
Obama's FISA Shift
Discussion: Redstate
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  —  This monologe will getting many heads nodding in agreement, but for those Americans who don't like much having to “press 1 for English” one line won't go over well:  —  “Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English — they'll learn English …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Macsmind
Redstate:
I'm Having a Hard Time Selecting my Favorite Part of this Video
Discussion: Political Machine and Bill Hobbs
CNN:
Iraq official: U.S. could be out by 2011  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A deadline should be set for the withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces from Iraq, and the pullout could be done by 2011, an Iraqi government spokesman said Tuesday.  —  Ali al-Dabbagh said any timetable would depend on …
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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.
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 …
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David Welna / NPR:
Ventura Run Would Shake Up Minn. Senate Race  —  Listen Now  —  · In Minnesota, what's likely to be the most expensive and closely watched U.S. Senate race in the nation has lately been consumed by talk of an old Playboy article, a Capitol Hill crash pad and whether a onetime professional wrestler …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Obama Donors Aren't Rushing to Aid Clinton  —  A prominent donor to Senator Barack Obama recently sent an e-mail plea to other supporters, asking them — for the sake of Democratic unity — to write checks to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to help retire her $23 million in campaign debt.
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Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton, Bush Advisers Steeped in Crisis Join Forces
Discussion: Think Progress and The Caucus
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE CONTINUING ADVENTURES OF THE CLINTONITES.
Discussion: The New Republic
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Networks may limit convention coverage  —  Major television networks are considering curtailing coverage of the Democratic National Convention after Monday's announcement that Barack Obama will accept his party's nomination in a Denver stadium.  —  According to several broadcast executives …
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US News:
GOP Convention Planners Want Bush Out of the Picture
Discussion: CNN, Salon, MSNBC and MyDD
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 …
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: pandagon.net
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Cynthia Burton / Philly.com:
GOP club accused of racism for Obama web banner
Discussion: Think Progress
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.”
Kevin Krause / Dallas City Hall Blog:
Dallas County meeting turns racial  —  A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon.  —  County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Funds Misappropriated at 2 Nonprofit Groups  —  Two prominent national nonprofit groups are reeling from public disclosures that large sums of money were misappropriated in unrelated incidents by an employee and a former employee.  —  The groups, Acorn, one of the country's largest community …
 
 
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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
New York Post:
INTELLECTUALS LIE, THE POWERLESS DIE
Discussion: alicublog and Right Wing News
The New Republic:
McContradiction  —  What's worse than flip-flopping?
John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
Obama's online muscle flexes against him
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Sameh El-Shahat / Telegraph:
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Michelle Malkin:
15 things you should know about “The Race”
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Latin Lovers  —  Como se dice “pander” en Español?
Discussion: Power Line
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Pastor Hagee's Desperate News Suppression Campaign Backfires
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Losing the Latino Vote
CNN:
Edwards would ‘seriously consider’ VP offer
Randi Kaye / CNN:
Atheist soldier sues Army for ‘unconstitutional’ discrimination