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12:45 AM ET, May 28, 2008

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: McClellan whacks Bush, White House  —  Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a surprisingly scathing memoir to be published next week that President Bush “veered terribly off course,” was not “open and forthright on Iraq,” and took a “permanent campaign approach” …
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
In Book, Ex-Spokesman Has Harsh Words for Bush  —  PHOENIX — President Bush “convinces himself to believe what suits his needs at the moment,” and has engaged in “self-deception” to justify his political ends, Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary, writes in a critical new memoir about his years in the West Wing.
David Dayen / Washington Monthly:
RELEASE THE MEMOIRS!... There was a hint last November that Scott McClellan's memoir was going to be unrelenting on George Bush, Karl Rove and the gang, but that was quickly dismissed as overhyped.  The book is now on the verge of being released, and in fact was on sale over the weekend at D.C.-area bookstores.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's World War II history  —  Earlier, the Republican National Committee pounced on Obama's improbable statement that an uncle had served in the unit that liberated Auschwitz.  —  In fact, campaign spokesman Bill Burton says, his great uncle was a member of the 89th Infantry Division …
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Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS AUSCHWITZ?  —  AUSCHWITZ, JANUARY 1945. … IN AN ATTEMPT TO BURNISH HIS CREDENTIALS WITH AMERICA'S VETERANS, BARACK OBAMA HAS FREQUENTLY TALKED ABOUT HIS GRANDFATHER “WHO SERVED IN PATTON'S ARMY.”  HE HAS NOW ADDED A NEW EPISODE TO HIS WORLD WAR II REPERTOIRE: THE UNCLE WHO LIBERATED AUSCHWITZ.
Fox News:
Obama Campaign Scrambles to Correct the Record on Uncle's War Service  —  Barack Obama's campaign scrambled Tuesday to set the record straight after the Democratic presidential candidate said on Memorial Day that his uncle helped liberate the Auschwitz death camp at the end of World War II.
Byron York / The Corner:
Obama's (Great) Uncle  —  The Obama campaign has put out a statement saying that Obama was mistaken when he referred to his great uncle helping liberate Auschwitz — it was in fact, the campaign says, Buchenwald.  The statement and info sheet:
Discussion: The Agitator and Roger L. Simon
Marc Ambinder:
Jack-In-The-Box Politics: Obama's Uncle
Transterrestrial Musings:   It's Nothing New  —  Thanks to a link from one of my Obama …
Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
Obama Talks of Family's Military Service
Lanny Davis / The Huffington Post:
Four Things the Obama Campaign Couldn't Resist Doing To Anger Clinton Supporters  —  The follow are four things that the Obama campaign couldn't resist doing to anger Clinton supporters, supporters that Sen. Obama needs in the general election if — if — he is the nominee.
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
A TEACHABLE MOMENT  —  Those of us who love Chris Matthews have to rate this near the apex of our Top Ten Matthews Moments list.  In the unlikely event you missed it:  —  This is a highly satisfying nine minutes, and not just because it is a pleasure to see an arrogant right-wing blowhard …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Megan McArdle
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Says No To Baghdad Stroll With McCain  —  Barack Obama has decided that he has no interest in joining John McCain on his next “Baghdad Stroll.”  —  McCain, in an interview yesterday, suggested that Obama take a trip to Iraq, and even agreed to a joint trip for the two candidates.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama rejects McCain's proposal for a joint trip to Iraq  —  Even more amusing than Maverick's savviness in forcing this choice on him is TPM straining to spin it as some sort of manifestation of principle — a standard Obama reaction whenever he weasels out of some tough decision …
Discussion: Redstate and Dean's World
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Protests Planned for Rules Committee Meeting  —  The Democratic National Committee is bracing itself for protests outside its Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting on Saturday in Washington, where the fates of the Florida and Michigan primaries could finally be decided.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Heads To Michigan Next Week
Discussion: TIME.com
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Adventures in Lannyland  —  Lanny Davis, annotated: … Record numbers?
Alex Spillius / Irish Independent News Ireland:
Obama supporter accuses Jews of ‘McCarthyism’  —  A foreign policy expert consulted by presidential hopeful Barack Obama has accused members of the American Jewish establishment of “McCarthyism” in its attitude towards critics of Israel.  —  Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski …
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Ed Lasky / American Thinker:
Obama Advisor Accuses Jews of ‘McCarthyism’
Discussion: Salon, NO QUARTER and Atlas Shrugs
Tim Gaynor / Tales from the Trail:
McCain heckled by Iraq war protesters  —  DENVER - Republican John McCain tried Tuesday to convince voters a McCain presidency would not amount to four more years of President George W. Bush, but he ran smack into hecklers bent on tying him to Bush's unpopular war in Iraq.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Sister Toldjah
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StrategyPage:
Al Qaeda Discusses Losing Iraq  —  Al Qaeda web sites are making a lot of noise about “why we lost in Iraq.”  Western intelligence agencies are fascinated by the statistics being posted in several of these Arab language sites.  Not the kind of stuff you read about in the Western media.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Pat Dollard
Marc Ambinder:
Worry About McCain-Ridge, Not McCain-Crist  —  ITEM: The Brody FIle's David Brody writes today about conservatives who worry that John McCain will put Charlie Crist, the popular, pro-life-but-not-doctrinaire Republican governor of Florida on the ticket.  —  ANALYSIS: Citing Crist's reluctance …
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Dee Dee Myers / The Huffington Post:
Hillary's Bone-headed Argument  —  Hillary Clinton's comments on Friday — invoking Bobby Kennedy's assassination after the California primary in 1968 to shore up her argument that Democratic primaries are often unresolved in June — were bone-headed on two scores.  —  First, the obvious.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Muhammad Cohen / Asia Times:
Bush ‘plans Iran air strike by August’  —  NEW YORK - The George W Bush administration plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months, an informed source tells Asia Times Online, echoing other reports that have surfaced in the media in the United States recently.
Discussion: Pensito Review and Newshoggers.com
 
 
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