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5:40 AM ET, July 10, 2008

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Gateway Pundit:
Jesse Jackson Slams Obama— “Wanna Cut His Nuts Off” ...Updated With Video  —  Drudge headlines: … Daily Kos is freaking out that FOX has the tape.  —  Bucks Right has this on the tape: … The AP just posted a report.  —  O'Reilly and Hannity will play the whole tape tonight and posted a teaser of the tape here.
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.
New York Post:
JESSE JACKSON SAYS HE WANTS TO CUT OBAMA'S ‘NUTS OUT’  —  WASHINGTON - In a vulgar tirade caught on tape by Fox News, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said he wanted to “cut his [Barack Obama's] nuts out” and he accused the fellow Chicagoan of “talking down to black folks” by giving moral lectures to African-Americans …
Fox News:
Jesse Jackson Apologizes for Crude Obama Remarks  —  The Rev. Jesse Jackson apologized Wednesday for saying Barack Obama is “talking down to black people” during what Jackson thought was a private conversation before a FOX News interview Sunday.  —  Jackson was speaking to a guest …
WBBM-TV:
Rev. Jesse Jackson Caught Bad-Mouthing Obama  —  Reverend Apologizes For Remarks Caught On Microphone During Fox Interview  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― The Rev. Jesse Jackson is apologizing for disparaging remarks he made about Barack Obama's relationship with African American church-goers …
Discussion: Babalu Blog and CANNONFIRE
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Jesse Jackson Apologizes for Remarks on Obama
Discussion: marbury
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
New Jesse Jackson Controversy: Jackson Steps In It Again
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and The Swamp
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Jesse Jackson  —  has been caught on tape — he thought the mic …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Missouri Presidential Election  —  Missouri: McCain Leads By Five in Classic Swing State  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Missouri shows John McCain attracting 47% of the vote while Barack Obama earns 42%.  A month ago, the candidates were essentially even.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Reject Obama's call for Bilingualism  —  Barack Obama said yesterday that “instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English,” Americans “need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.”  A national telephone survey conducted last month by Rasmussen Reports found …
Discussion: Power Line, Flopping Aces and QandO
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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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Senate Approves Bill to Broaden Wiretap Powers  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate gave final approval on Wednesday to a major expansion of the government's surveillance powers, handing President Bush one more victory in a series of hard-fought clashes with Democrats over national security issues.
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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 …
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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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J.P. Freire / American Spectator:
Obama and Helms: BFF?
Discussion: CNN and The Corner
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
As America Learns About Obama, He Returns the Favor  —  BUTTE, Mont. — Senator Barack Obama marveled at the view here in Big Sky Country.  He discovered that the gumbo in New Orleans was far tastier than in Chicago.  And he was pleasantly surprised that he loved Austin, Tex., and its music — but who doesn't?
Discussion: Lonewacko and PrestoPundit
Don Frederick / Los Angeles Times:
Howard Wolfson, ex-Hillary Clinton aide, gets a Fox News platform  —  Two different takes on one pugnacious politico...  The big news in the world of punditry today is the Fox News Channel has added to its ranks former Hillary Clinton aide Howard Wolfson — known for his don't-give-an-inch style …
Little Green Footballs:
Iran's Photoshopped Missile Launch  —  At least one of the photographs released today by Iran and published by an unquestioning Western media is a Photoshop fake:  —  (Hat tip: webs87.)  —  UPDATE at 7/9/08 8:20:34 pm:  —  An animated version at Suitably Flip: Mahmoud the Fauxtographer.
Discussion: Suitably Flip and Israel Matzav
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
My LA Times Readership  —  If you want a sense of how popular I am with the LA Times community, check out the (354 and counting) comments to my Obama national service column.  —  One small point in response (I know, I know: Why bother?).  The 13th amendment lists involuntary servitude and slavery as different things.
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Religious Intensity Predicts Support for McCain  —  Hispanic Catholics and black Protestants provide notable exceptions  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans who say religion is an important part of their daily lives support John McCain over Barack Obama for president, 50% to 40% …
Discussion: Commentary, Power Line and PrestoPundit
Bill McAllister / KTUU-TV:
New indictment tonight in corruption probe  —  Updated:  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Reliable sources tell Channel 2 News that a grand jury has handed up a new indictment this evening in the ongoing public corruption probe.  —  There is no word yet who has been charged.
Discussion: Eschaton
 
 
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