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9:10 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.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama channels ... Sean Connery??  —  For a guy who doesn't want to show up for town-hall debates, Barack Obama certainly likes to talk tough.  Yesterday in Philadelphia, Obama tried to macho up at a rally by implying that he could out-fight John McCain.  He lifted a line from The Untouchables …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   The Chicago Way  —  Barack Obama channels his inner Sean Connery …
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  —  Standing before Senator Barack Obama at a campaign event in Wisconsin on Thursday, 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.”
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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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 …
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
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
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
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
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.
Kleinheider / Post Politics:
Harold Ford, Jr. Throws Former Campaign Manager Under The Bus  —  It was a long curious day for the Tennessee Democratic party yesterday.  Divisions in the party were exacerbated when John Rodgers of the Nashville City Paper reported the words of Tennessee Democratic Party state executive committee member Fred Hobbs on Barack Obama:
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Redstate
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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