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6:20 PM ET, June 27, 2008

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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.
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 …
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Conyers issues subpoena to DOJ for Bush-Cheney interviews on Plame leak
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Ed Henry / CNN:   Democrat's al Qaeda comment sparks GOP ire
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 …
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CNN:
Clinton rallies with Obama: ‘We are one party’  —  (CNN) — They beamed, hugged and praised one another.  Their outfits even matched.  —  The long-awaited Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton unity event in Unity, New Hampshire, on Friday was carefully choreographed, with the images and speeches …
Kevin Merida / Washington Post:
Hill, Yes!  O., No!  —  The Battle Isn't Over for Many Women Who Fought for Clinton  —  For several weeks, some of Hillary Clinton's fiercest supporters, most of them women, have been struggling with a defeat that burns and a question with no soothing answer: What next?
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.
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Big donors aren't in Unity
Discussion: Centerfield
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.
Mike Madden / Salon:
Supreme Court gun ruling could backfire
Discussion: Washington Post and Firedoglake
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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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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Jamie Komarnicki / Globe and Mail:
Rights panel rejects action against Maclean's
Discussion: Hot Air, Betsy's Page and Ezra Levant
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:   FANTASTIC NEWS!  —  The national Canadian Human Rights Commission …
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.
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
This Recession, It's Just Beginning  —  So much for that second-half rebound.  —  Truth be told, that was always more of a wish than a serious forecast, happy talk from the Fed and Wall Street desperate to get things back to normal.  —  It ain't gonna happen.  Not this summer.  Not this fall.
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.
The New Republic:
Dancing In Pyongyang  —  North Korea just blew up the cooling tower on its own Yongbyon reactor, as part of an ongoing dismantlement deal with the United States.  This is a momentous step because it's largely irreversible: North Korea will never again be able to kick out inspectors …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The odd couple  —  Obama's advance staff is very good at the visuals, and the Unity event is flawless on TV.  —  Even better: It's dominating the news cycle without making any news.  —  And that's one of the key things Hillary (and Bill) bring to Obama: Whenever he wants to deliver …
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
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: TIME.com
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McCain pushes free trade at Ohio auto plant
Discussion: Associated Press and TIME.com
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 Earlier Items: 
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
TERRY MCAULIFFE: “I LOVE BARACK OBAMA!”
Halimah Abdullah / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
7 Republican senators block Bush's bill to fight AIDS in Africa
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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 …
John Santucci / Political Punch:
McCain Gambles with Awkward Joke
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
JUSTICE BREYER AND THE CULTURE WARS: I think it's illuminating …
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Obama Lead Tight Over McCain
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Cheer up. We're winning this War on Terror