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3:45 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.
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 …
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.
Ed Henry / CNN:   Democrat's al Qaeda comment sparks GOP ire
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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New York Times:
Lock and Load  —  Thirty-thousand Americans are killed …
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
An individual right to keep and bear arms: Ho, hum.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama: Change agent goes conventional
Discussion: Time, TalkLeft, QandO and Political Radar
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: Top of the Ticket and The Swamp
Brian Lawson / Politicker NH:   Prominent Dems to lead McCain group
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.
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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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.
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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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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 …
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 …
See-Dubya / michellemalkin.com:
Democrat mayor says healthy food is “the new patriotism”. … So it's not merely a ban on fried food-it's affirmative action for food!  As I said yesterday, they're patriotic, it's just...a different kind of patriotism.  —  Not surprisingly, Mayor Hickenlooper's already been causing trouble …
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!”
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.
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Prosecutors held back on using Obama's name  —  Barack Obama's name could have been invoked more at the corruption trial of his former fund-raiser Tony Rezko.  —  But it appears prosecutors opted against bringing Obama into the mix during the two-month trial.
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Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Hispanic vote ‘up for grabs,’ could swing election outcome
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
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
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Tanden signs on  —  Hillary Clinton's former policy director …
Discussion: Salon
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
New Ad Hits Obama on Abortion
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sadr's army dissolving?
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Let McCain Be McCain  —  The big political headline this week …