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7:25 PM ET, June 14, 2008

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Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Obama on GOP: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’  —  Barack Obama is warning supporters that the general election fight between him and John McCain may get ugly, but the Illinois senator is vowing not to back down.  —  “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama brings a gun to a knife fight  —  The McCain campaign and RNC are pouncing on another line from the Obama pool report:  —  “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said in Philadelphia last night.  “Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl.
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Obama Flip-Flop on Gun Control?  Or New Politics?  Or Both?  —  Barack Obama appeared at a fundraiser in Philadelphia last night where he delivered the following remark: … A couple thoughts from McCain HQ on this.  First, Barack Obama has a long track record as a proponent …
Discussion: Power Line, TIME.com and Commentary
Amy Chozick / TIME.com:
Obama Pool Report From Philadelphia Fundraiser  —  The Wall Street Journal.  —  No hard news.  Rendell made some characteristically colorful comments and Obama took a few jabs at John McCain.  —  Sen. Barack Obama attended a fundraiser at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Philadelphia.
Discussion: Hot Air and TPM Election Central
Washington Post:
Key Iraqi Leaders Deliver Setbacks to U.S.  —  Premier Rejects Terms of Proposed Pacts; Cleric Reactivates Militia  —  The Bush administration's Iraq policy suffered two major setbacks Friday when Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki publicly rejected key U.S. terms for an ongoing military presence …
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New York Times:
A Moment of Clarity in Baghdad
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Commentary
Scott Ott / scottott.blogtownhall.com:
Chris Matthews' Russert Eulogy: Like a Belch in Church  —  Chris Matthews' initial reaction to the death of colleague Tim Russert can be summed like this: Bush lied.  People died.  —  Yes, MSNBC's Chris Matthews found a way to use even the death of a beloved journalist …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Stay classy, Chris Matthews  —  Chris Matthews had his opportunity to offer remembrances of his colleague, Tim Russert, on Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night, and used it to give an anti-war screed.  [...] Read the rest »
Discussion: Associated Press
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Delegate's reversal stuns party  —  Wisconsin Democrat now publicly supports McCain  —  Washington - As an avid supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Debra Bartoshevich is not alone in her frustration over Clinton's defeat.  —  She's not alone in refusing to support Barack Obama.
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:   Obama Goes One on One, Battling ‘Just a Speechmaker’ Label
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
There's Votes in Them Thar Hills  —  Drill, McCain, drill.  —  For years now, John McCain has warned of the peril to America in sending $400 billion a year to foreign countries in return for oil.  He's been loud and relentless on the subject—and wise.  “It's a national security issue,” …
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Ross Douthat:
The Relevance of ANWR?  —  Ramesh responds: … Point taken.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ASSIGNMENT DESK: BILL RICHARDSON FOR VP?  —  Make Bill Richardson vice president, or he will kill this child.  Yeeearrgghhh!  —  Ryan asks, “Could you do an evaluation of Richardson for VP?  He seems like an obviously good choice, but there hasn't really been any discussion of him as a nominee.
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
“The Happening”: The Most Morally Abhorrent Film Ever Made (Spoiler Alert)  —  Chris does an admirable (and hilarious) job of tearing apart M. Night Shyamalan's latest crime against cinema, The Happening.  It is incredibly awful, so laughingly bad that at one point during the screening …
Discussion: Althouse
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's quandary: Wear a helmet, look dumb or be a role model?  —  Sure, there's world wars and toxic pollution and corruption and Social Security reform and a few other things like trillions of dollars in debt to worry about.  —  But before getting to those easy issues …
David Remnick / New Yorker:
TIM RUSSERT  —  Our colleague Calvin Trillin once referred to the televised weekend bloviators from Washington as the “Sabbath Gasbags.”  Which was fair up to a point.  Countless cubic feet of hot, polluted air are regularly unleashed into the national atmosphere by politicians and commentators …
Discussion: The Fix and The New Republic
Joe Klein / Time:
“He Was Loving This Election”  —  Back when he was just starting in television — and ever since — but particularly back then, Tim Russert was astounded by the joys of the job.  Early on, he helped arrange an interview with the Pope for the Today Show — and Tim did it up right …
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See-Dubya / michellemalkin.com:
It's not race, it's arugula  —  The Weekly Standard's Noemie Emery disputes the media's facile, predictable racial interpretation of Obama's poor showing in Appalachia.  It's not because of race, but rather reflects a deep national divide between action-oriented Jacksonians versus clerical, paper-pushing Brahmins:
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
It's Not Race, It's Arugula
Discussion: alicublog
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama considering world tour ahead of August convention  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama may depart this summer from his road-warrior tour of election-battleground states to take a trip around the world, one intended to shore up his credentials on foreign policy.
Associated Press:
Afghan official: 870 inmates escaped from prison  —  KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - U.S. and NATO troops aided Afghan forces with reconnaissance in a hunt Saturday for 870 inmates who escaped prison after a sophisticated Taliban assault that even NATO conceded was a success for the militants.
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Agencies / Guardian:
Taliban attack Kandahar prison
Guardian:
Ireland delivers stunning blow to EU  —  The long campaign to forge a new dispensation for the European Union descended into panic and uncertainty yesterday when Ireland turned its back on its 26 EU partners and voted down the Lisbon Treaty.  —  EU leaders in Brussels and governments across the union …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
NRA's political clout is waning
Discussion: The Caucus and TIME.com
Dennis Prager / Townhall.com:
Prager H1: Big Victory for Terrorists and Liberals
Discussion: protein wisdom
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: GOP might face tough time in November
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Fox forced to apologise to Obama for third time in two weeks
Juliet Eilperin / The Trail:
McCain Cancels Fundraiser with Oilman Who Joked About Rape
Discussion: MOMocrats and TIME.com