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9:20 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."
Amy Chozick / TIME.com:
Obama Pool Report From Philadelphia Fundraiser
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama brings a gun to a knife fight
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 …
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.
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 …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
In Thesis From 1974, 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?
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Get Osama Bin Laden before I leave office, orders George W Bush  —  President George W Bush has enlisted British special forces in a final attempt to capture Osama Bin Laden before he leaves the White House.  —  Defence and intelligence sources in Washington and London confirmed that a renewed hunt …
Discussion: Hot Air and Raw Story
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.
Elisabeth Rosenthal / International Herald Tribune:
China clearly overtakes U.S. as leading emitter of climate-warming gases  —  China has now clearly overtaken the United States as the world's leading emitter of climate-warming gases, a new study has found.  The increasing emissions from China - up 8 percent in the past year …
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
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.
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
In Illinois, Clues to Obama's Electability  —  CHESTER, Ill. — The rookie state senator from Chicago had driven 340 miles to explore southern Illinois, but Barb Brown could muster only 20 Democrats in this small town on the Mississippi River to have breakfast with him.
Discussion: The Back Forty and TIME.com
 
 
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