The Note: Baggage Check

Obama news on guns: "Some Illinois gun control advocates recall Senator Obama as a 'friend' who represented a 'solid vote' in favor of increased restrictions on firearm sales, but they said he was never forced to vote on an all-out ban on handguns as a member of the state Senate," Russell Berman writes in the New York Sun.

Not that that's likely to be a message that breaks through: "Obama perhaps has larger problems on the issue now," James Oliphant writes in the Chicago Tribune. "His comments earlier this month about residents of small-town American who 'cling' to their guns because of fading economic prospects reaffirmed for many gun-owners what they had long suspected, that he is, in fact, an anti-gun candidate masking his true nature."

A flag follow-up: "Barack Obama's on-again, off-again wearing of the U.S. flag pin - and his misleading debate answer about it -- could come back to haunt him in a fall campaign," Michael Saul writes in the New York Daily News.

Bloomberg's Ryan J. Donmoyer and Matthew Benjamin run McCain's numbers: "John McCain's plan to cut taxes and balance the budget wins praise from fellow Republicans. Economists and nonpartisan analysts say his numbers don't add up."

Clinton is still being badly outspent in Pennsylvania -- but she's getting a touch of help. "The American Leadership Project, a 527 group supportive of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton that recently began broadcasting commercials in Pennsylvania, increased its purchase of television time today in the state," Michael Luo reports in The New York Times.

News from everybody's favorite Alabama scandal: "The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday asked former White House adviser Karl Rove to testify about claims that he influenced a federal corruption case against former Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama," AP's Ben Evans reports.

The kicker:

"Who do you like better: your mother or your father?" -- Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., torn in the Democratic primary race.

"Try toggling the input." -- Hillary Clinton, working out Stephen Colbert's technical difficulties.

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