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1:40 AM ET, June 15, 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.
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.
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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Vows Tough Campaign:"If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun."  —  Democratic presumptive Presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama has seemingly channeled Sean Connery in the movie “The Untouchables” by serving notice that if the Republicans aggressively go after him he's ready to respond in kind — and then some:
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Chicago Way  —  Barack Obama channels his inner Sean Connery as he describes his approach to the upcoming campaign: … Uh huh.  I hope he also brings a gun permit, a trigger lock, and a good lawyer.  And a health care plan.  In his next fantasy I suppose Obama will want to channel …
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Thers / Firedoglake:
Late Night: The Politics of Cynicism  —  Something Matt Taibbi said in the comments to the terrific Book Salon below got me thinking about the role of cynicism in American politics: … If the last eight years haven't made you cynical, well, you probably need lots of help overcoming your drinking problem.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain doesn't pick up on Michelle Obama joke  —  So a man finally got a question into McCain and he had a very different sort of question.  —  The questioner noted that he had been educated at Princeton and Harvard and made more than $300,000 a year.  —  “How can I be proud of my country?” he asked.
Discussion: The Jed Report and RADAMISTO
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Obama Goes One on One, Battling ‘Just a Speechmaker’ Label  —  Standing before Senator Barack Obama at a campaign event Thursday in Wisconsin, a young man asked him earnestly, “What does life mean to you?”  —  “Oh, goodness,” Mr. Obama began.  “Well, you know, I, uh, you don't know where to start on a question like that.”
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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 »
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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
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
In '74 Thesis, the Seeds of McCain's War Views  —  About a year after his release from a North Vietnamese prison camp, Cmdr.  John S. McCain III sat down to address one of the most vexing questions confronting his fellow prisoners: Why did some choose to collaborate with the North Vietnamese?
Discussion: Democracy Project and RADAMISTO
Matthew Yglesias:
Getting Paid  —  Saudi Arabia has a plan to boost their oil production in the near future.  According to the NYT's Jad Mouawad that “was seen as a sign that the Saudis are becoming increasingly nervous about both the political and economic effect of high oil prices.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Jad Mouawad / New York Times:
Plan Would Lift Saudi Oil Output
Ross Douthat:
The Relevance of ANWR?  —  Ramesh responds: … Point taken.  But McCain's embrace of cap-and-trade didn't happen in a vacuum: It was an attempt, albeit a misguided one, to break with the heads-in-the-sand approach to energy and climate change that far too many conservatives have been taking for far too long.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
There's Votes in Them Thar Hills
Roger Lowenstein / New York Times:
Tariff to Nowhere  —  According to Political Science 101, candidates run to extremes in primary season and crowd the center in November.  A good test will be whether the apparent Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, tries to reclaim a moderate position on trade.
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: Commentary and The Moderate Voice
 
 
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