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6:30 PM ET, May 22, 2008

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TOXIC  —  For the last week it's seemed that Sens. Clinton and Obama were adhering to their tacit truce, continuing the primary campaign but avoiding the harsh exchanges that make later party unity a dimmer and dimmer prospect.  Clinton particularly had deescalated her rhetoric.
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Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Ickes: We want the Michigan uncommitted to stay uncommitted  —  In a conference call with reporters, Clinton Senior Adviser Harold Ickes clarified their position on Michigan — they don't want the 55 “uncommitted” delegates to go to Obama (his name did not appear on the ballot in Michigan).
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Paterson Sees ‘Desperation’ By Clinton, Disagrees On Florida And Michigan  —  Gov. David Paterson, who is right now being interviewed by WAMC's Alan Chartock and taking calls from listeners on “Vox Pop,” just disagreed sharply with his presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton …
Karen Tumulty / Time:
What Does Hillary Want?  —  A graceful exit is never easy in a business as fraught with ego and ambition as presidential politics.  Which is why in recent days, quiet calls have started going out to key supporters of Hillary Clinton who are showing signs of wanting to jump ship.
CNN:
McCain officially rejects Hagee endorsement  —  From CNN Correspondent Brian Todd, CNN's Dugald McConnell, CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand  —  (CNN) — In the face of mounting controversy over headline-grabbing statements from Pastor John Hagee, CNN has learned presumptive Republican nominee John McCain …
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Steven Ginsberg / The Trail:
McCain Denounces Hagee
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Truthdig
Marc Ambinder:
McCain To Obama: Don't Demagogue The GI Bill  —  I don't usually print entire press statements from campaigns, but they're usually not this acidic.  The casus belli is today's vote on Sen. Jim Webb's GI bill; McCain opposes it because he worries about military retention and/but has offered …
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Ian Bishop / NY Daily News:
I'd like wife to take my seat: Kennedy  —  Ted Kennedy has made clear to confidants that when his time is up, he wants his Senate seat to stay in the family - with his wife, Vicki.  —  Multiple sources in Massachusetts with close ties to the liberal lion say his wife of 16 years has long …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Ellen DeGeneres weds: McCain walks me?  —  Ellen DeGeneres, who hosts a popular daytime television talk show and has announced on-air that she will marry her girlfriend, broached the question of gay marriage today with Republican John McCain, the party's presumptive presidential nominee.
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Associated Press:
Powerful Iraqi cleric flirting with Shiite militant message  —  BAGHDAD - Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric has been quietly issuing religious edicts declaring that armed resistance against U.S.-led foreign troops is permissible — a potentially significant shift by a key supporter of the Washington-backed government in Baghdad.
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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Sistani Says Resistance Against U.S. Forces Is ‘Permissible’
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Emily Gould / New York Times:
Exposed  —  Back in 2006, when I was 24, my life was cozy and safe.  I had just been promoted to associate editor at the publishing house where I'd been working since I graduated from college, and I was living with my boyfriend, Henry, and two cats in a grubby but spacious two-bedroom apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Discussion: Ross Douthat
New York Times:
Appeals Court Rules Against Texas in Polygamy Case  —  A Texas state court of appeals ruled Thursday afternoon that the state of Texas had no right to seize more than 400 children from a polygamist ranch in Eldorado, in the western part of the state, because there was not sufficient proof that they were in immediate danger.
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Michelle Roberts / Associated Press:
Texas seizure of polygamist-sect kids thrown out
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Petraeus: Diplomacy, Not Force, With Iran  —  Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, President Bush's nominee to lead U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, supports continued U.S. engagement with international and regional partners to find the right mix of diplomatic, economic and military leverage …
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Daniel Libit / The Crypt's Blogs:   Code Pink interrupts Petraeus hearing
Marc Ambinder:
Quietly, Obama Begins The Quest To Find A Running Mate  —  Very quietly, Sen. Barack Obama has begun the process that will end in his choosing a running mate, Democrats inside and outside the campaign said.  —  Obama has sworn a small group of his senior staff to secrecy.
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Begins Search for Vice President
Discussion: Washington Wire
The Politico:
Viral e-mails attack Obama's life story  —  The main obstacle standing between Barack Obama and the White House was distilled into five words by a local television correspondent in South Charleston, W.Va., earlier this month.  —  Prefacing a question about the challenges of winning over white …
Discussion: PrestoPundit
New York Times:
Kennedy Talked, Khrushchev Triumphed  —  IN his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy expressed in two eloquent sentences, often invoked by Barack Obama, a policy that turned out to be one of his presidency's — indeed one of the cold war's — most consequential: “Let us never negotiate out of fear.
Daily Mail:
Muslim convert held after nail bomb blast in restaurant  —  A Muslim convert with a history of mental illness was being held tonight after two bombs were found in a family restaurant toilet following an explosion at lunchtime.  —  Police and bomb disposal teams were called in after Nicky Reilly …
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and TigerHawk
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Conservatives And The Wrong Problems  —  Ezra Klein: … I think this gets things the wrong way round.  In fact, the argumnent is framed in such a way as to violate conservatism's core insight - and that was also the case with Packer's article (and a lot of what my friends, David Brooks, Reihan Salam and Ross Douthat said in it).
Justin Ewers / US News:
New Poll Finds Big Shift Toward Obama  —  Californians give Obama a significant edge over Clinton and McCain  —  SAN FRANCISCO—A new poll released today in California finds political momentum shifting dramatically toward Barack Obama—and away from both Hillary Clinton and John McCain—in the nation's most populous state.
Discussion: TIME.com
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
As Obama Heads to Florida, Many of Its Jews Have Doubts  —  BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — At the Aberdeen Golf and Country Club on Sunday, the fountains were burbling, the man-made lakes were shining, and Shirley Weitz and Ruth Grossman were debating why Jews in this gated neighborhood …
 
 
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Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
FEC nominees back on track with final nomination
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Launching Tour Of Purple States Next Week
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MiamiHerald.com:
Democrats file suit to seat Florida delegates
Discussion: Wake up America
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
If CNN won't go to them, they'll go to CNN
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Ex-CIA Official Indicted Over Agency Job for Mistress
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Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
KARL ROVE SUBPOENAED BY HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN SIEGELMAN CASE
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Emptywheel:
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