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2:45 PM ET, June 27, 2008

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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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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The D.C. Handgun Ruling  —  In knocking down the District's 32-year-old ban on handgun possession, the conservatives on the Supreme Court have again shown their willingness to abandon precedent in order to do whatever is necessary to further the agenda of the contemporary political right.
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
An individual right to keep and bear arms: Ho, hum.
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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Kevin Landrigan / Nashuatelegraph.com:
Longtime Democrat takes sides with opposition
Discussion: The Swamp and Top of the Ticket
Brian Lawson / Politicker NH:   Prominent Dems to lead McCain group
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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James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Addington Displays Contempt for Congress  —  David Addington, chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, was testifying under subpoena yesterday to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.  He took great delight in being a complete jackass, as Dana Milbank details.
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.
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Obama Lead Tight Over McCain  —  Illinois Senator Barack Obama enters the General Election with a tight lead, 43% to 38%, over Arizona Senator John McCain, according to a new TIME Magazine poll of registered voters.  The poll shows Obama gaining only a slight bounce from Hillary Clinton's departure from the campaign early this month.
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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 and Babalu Blog
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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 …
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Grover Norquist has a label for Barack Obama  —  John McCain has been trying hard of late to link Barack Obama with Jimmy Carter in the public consciousness, hoping that the “ineffectual” label that many voters affix to the former president will prove transferable.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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
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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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Jon Ralston / Las vegas sun Blogs:
Transcript of McCain interview
Discussion: womenforjohnmccain.com and Hot Air
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Keith Olbermann's reply and Obama's secret plan to protect the rule of law  —  (updated below)  —  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.  Despite his having packed his response …
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.
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Cheer up.  We're winning this War on Terror  —  Al-Qaeda and the Taleban are in retreat, the surge has worked in Iraq and Islamism is discredited.  Not a bad haul  —  “My centre is giving way.  My right is in retreat.  Situation excellent.  I shall attack!”
Dan Frosch / New York Times:
Citing Need for Assessments, U.S. Freezes Solar Energy Projects  —  DENVER — Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal government has placed a moratorium on new solar projects on public land until it studies their environmental impact, which is expected to take about two years.
 
 
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Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
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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
Ezra Levant:
The Canadian Human Rights Commission blinks
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Tanden signs on  —  Hillary Clinton's former policy director …
Discussion: TIME.com and Salon
Binyamin Appelbaum / Boston Globe:
Grim proving ground for Obama's housing policy
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
New Ad Hits Obama on Abortion
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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