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4:45 PM ET, June 27, 2008

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Marc Ambinder:
After The Press Leaves, Some Edgy Questions  —  Barack Obama drew his biggest cheers of the night when he vowed to help Hillary Clinton pay off her campaign debt.  The pooler was ushered out of the meeting room where about 200 of Clinton's top donors — those who had raised a combined $230m …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
BILL AND HILLARY MAX OUT FOR OBAMA  —  A day after Obama wrote a $4,600 check to Hillary Clinton, First Read has learned Bill and Hillary Clinton have returned the favor, donating the maximum to the Illinois senator's campaign, a Clinton spokesperson says.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Unity, N.H., Clinton and Obama Set New Tone  —  UNITY, N.H. — Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton set off on their maiden political voyage on Friday, trading their rivalry from the presidential primary battle for a newfound display of harmony intended to set a fresh tone …
Kevin Merida / Washington Post:
Hill, Yes! O., No!
Brian Lawson / Politicker NH:
Prominent Dems to lead McCain group
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Obama and Clinton's show of “Unity”
Discussion: Top of the Ticket, The Caucus and MSNBC
The Trail:
Pool Report From Clinton-Obama Event at the Mayflower
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
When Anonymity Fails, Be Nasty, Brutish and Short  —  Throughout the Bush presidency, he toiled in secrecy deep within the White House, a mysterious and feared presence who never stepped into the sunlight of public disclosure.  —  Until yesterday.  —  There he sat, hunched and scowling …
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Redstate:
Damn us all and our party if we let this go  —  CONGRESSMAN DELAHUNT CAN BE REACHED AT 202-225-3111 AND BY FAX AT 202-225-5658  —  By The Directors Posted in Bill Delahunt |  It is no secret that public discourse in this country has become very shrill.  Blogs on the left regularly feature vulgar diatribes against the right.
Discussion: Power Line, Babalu Blog and alicublog
Fox News:
Congressman Meant ‘No Ill’ With Al Qaeda Comment to Cheney Aide  —  A Democratic congressman who was accused of suggesting that Al Qaeda may want to harm a prominent White House official told FOX News he meant “no ill” by the comment.  —  Massachusetts Rep. Bill Delahunt made the remark Thursday …
Ed Henry / CNN:   Democrat's al Qaeda comment sparks GOP ire
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
The Federal Marriage Amendment is back — with Vitter's and Craig's support  —  Just this week, a group of Republican senators re-introduced the Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution, which, as we know, would ban gay marriage.  —  And once again, the language is pretty straightforward:
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: GET YOUR GUN  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Get your gun: Yesterday's Supreme Court decision on the 2nd Amendment elevated an issue — guns — that hadn't received that much attention until now.  Remembering that the subject hurt Al Gore …
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Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
An individual right to keep and bear arms: Ho, hum.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Sam's Club Agenda  —  Among the many dark tidings for American conservatism, there is one genuine bright spot.  Over the past five years, a group of young and unpredictable rightward-leaning writers has emerged on the scene.  —  These writers came of age as official conservatism slipped into decrepitude.
SLDN:
Openly Gay Army Sergeant Discharged Under “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Decorated Army Sergeant Darren Manzella has been discharged under the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” law banning lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from military service, effective June 10.
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Ezra Levant:
The Canadian Human Rights Commission blinks  —  See update below.  —  The Canadian Human Rights Commission, like any petty tyranny, has a strong instinct for survival.  As I predicted last week on the Michael Coren Show, that instinct would cause them to drop the complaint against Mark Steyn and Maclean's.
Discussion: Jay Currie
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Keith Olbermann's reply and Obama's secret plan to protect the rule of law  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Keith Olbermann went to Daily Kos to respond to what I wrote yesterday regarding his and Jonathan Alter's statements on Obama's support for the FISA bill.
Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Hispanic vote ‘up for grabs,’ could swing election outcome  —  WASHINGTON — The battle for the Hispanic vote is on.  —  Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama plan back-to-back appearances Saturday before the annual meeting of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama, McCain Still Tied at 44%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the third straight day, Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Barack Obama and John McCain tied in national registered voter preferences for the fall election, each now with 44% of the vote.  —  Today's report is based …
Discussion: The Jed Report
John Santucci / Political Punch:
McCain Gambles with Awkward Joke  —  In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was asked by columnist Jon Ralston why he didn't choose Gov. Jim Gibbons to chair his Nevada campaign.  —  “I appreciate his support,” McCain said.  “As you know, the lieutenant governor is our chairman.”
 
 
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Can Emily's List Get Its Mojo Back?
Discussion: MSNBC
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The odd couple  —  Obama's advance staff is very good at the visuals …
See-Dubya / michellemalkin.com:
Democrat mayor says healthy food is “the new patriotism”.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
TERRY MCAULIFFE: “I LOVE BARACK OBAMA!”
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Prosecutors held back on using Obama's name
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
No, McCain Isn't ‘Doomed’  —  Some pundits claim John McCain …
Erick / Redstate:
Hypocrisy, FISA, Guns, and Government: Jim Cooper Abuses His Congressional Throne
Mark Schmitt / Washington Monthly:
Divide and Concur  —  Bipartisanship in Washington is dead.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
 Earlier Items: 
Philly.com:
Is Lara Logan being smeared for her criticism of Iraq war coverage
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
JUSTICE BREYER AND THE CULTURE WARS: I think it's illuminating …
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Cheer up. We're winning this War on Terror
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Let McCain Be McCain  —  The big political headline this week …