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8:10 AM ET, June 15, 2008

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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:
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: TPM Election Central
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama brings a gun to a knife fight
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Chicago Way  —  Barack Obama channels his inner Sean Connery …
Discussion: Macsmind
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.
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Lost city of ... Iowa  —  The streets in Cedar Rapids, Iowa - all 400 blocks of them - were filled with floodwaters and other strange sights: floating Dumpsters and utility poles and sandbags piled in vain.  —  The cresting Cedar River wreaked widespread havoc Friday on Iowa's second-largest city …
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TigerHawk:
Iowa's “Katrina”?  —  The flooding in eastern Iowa has reached the point of catastrophe.  Towns are overwhelmed, businesses destroyed, and crops are gone.  A fifth of the corn and soybeans are gone.  Fox News is calling it “Iowa's Katrina.”  Here is a gallery of aerial phtographs …
Washington Post:
Powerful Iraqi Cleric Recalibrates Strategy  —  The movement of anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Saturday that it would not take part in provincial elections this year, one day after it formed a new paramilitary group to fight U.S. troops.  —  The back-to-back moves suggested …
Gaby Hinsliff / Guardian:
Labour MP backs Davis's challenge  —  Opponents of 42-day detention risk losing whip  —  Gordon Brown faced a fresh challenge to his authority last night after a leading Labour rebel promised to campaign for David Davis in the renegade Tory's forthcoming by-election.
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Black conservatives conflicted on Obama campaign  —  WASHINGTON - Black conservative talk show host Armstrong Williams has never voted for a Democrat for president.  That could change this year with Barack Obama as the Democratic Party's nominee.  —  “I don't necessarily like his policies …
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.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
The Long Run: In '74 Thesis, the Seeds of McCain's War Views  —  An essay written for the National War College in 1974 illuminates some of the themes of Senator John McCain's political career and the development of his views on foreign policy.
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
Discussion: Angry Bear and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
 
 
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