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1:45 AM ET, May 31, 2008

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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Bob Dole unloads on McClellan  —  Bob Dole yesterday sent a scalding e-mail to Scott McClellan, excoriating the former White House spokesman as a “miserable creature” who greedily betrayed his former patron for a fast buck.  —  In an extraordinary message obtained and authenticated by Politico …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
McClellan cocaine tale challenged  —  A close former aide to President Bush has come forward to emphatically rebut Scott McClellan's allegation that Bush had once said that he did not remember if he had ever used cocaine.  —  Logan Walters, who as Bush's longtime personal aide would have been present …
Discussion: Attackerman and Open Left
Scott McClellan / Washington Post:
Book World: ‘What Happened’
Discussion: Emptywheel
CNN:
Congressman wants McClellan to testify under oath
Fox News:   Bob Dole Calls Scott McClellan a ‘Miserable Creature’
CNN:   McClellan: 'I'd be happy' to testify about Bush White House
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
McClellan and Me: Why this White House Stonewaller Has No Right …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Lede
Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
MCCAIN, THE SURGE, AND ‘VERB TENSES’  —  GREENSDALE, WI, MAY 28, 2008. … JOHN MCCAIN GOT AHEAD OF EVENTS THIS WEEK IN CLAIMING THAT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY HAS GONE DOWN TO “PRE-SURGE LEVELS” IN IRAQ.  THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR, EVEN BY THE MOST OPTIMISTIC SCENARIO.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain campaign: Don't nitpick his verb tenses  —  On a McCain campaign conference call, Senator Jon Kyl did not concede that McCain had made an error in saying, “We have drawn down to pre-surge levels,” instead accusing the Obama campaign and reporters of “trying to nitpick the tense of the verb about the surge troops being home.”
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
OBAMA SLAMS MCCAIN ON IRAQ FACTS
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
USA Today:
Kerry questions McCain's grasp of facts on Iraq; McCain team questions Obama's
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
McCain says we're back to ‘pre-surge levels’ …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama plans election kick-off at GOP convention site  —  Senior political officials tell Politico's Mike Allen that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).is likely to hold a huge rally Tuesday night in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the site of the Republican National Convention from Sept. 1 to 4.
Discussion: TBogg and American Power
Geraldine A. Ferraro / Boston Globe:
Healing the wounds of Democrats' sexism  —  LAST YEAR at the beginning of the presidential primary season, Democrats were giddy with excitement.  Not only did we have an embarrassment of riches in our candidates but we had two historic candidacies to enjoy.
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Catholic League slams priest, Obama  —  The Catholic League - a group dedicated to protecting the free-speech rights of Catholics “whenever and wherever they are threatened” - criticized Barack Obama sharply today for his ties to a Catholic priest who stirred controversy at Obama's home church last weekend.
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Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite / Washington Post:
President, Chicago Theological Seminary
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Clinton's ‘briar patch’ scenario  —  At the end of a rally in Oregon last month, during a question-and-answer session with the candidate, a woman asked Barack Obama about his campaign's battle with Hillary Clinton's over how to count delegates from two disputed states.  Couldn't you just give them Florida? she asked.
Discussion: New York Times
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The Huffington Post:
Post Updated Below
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and TIME.com
2008 Democratic National Convention News:
DNCC Credentials Record Number Of Blogs To Cover 2008 Democratic National Convention In Denver  —  Bloggers to Receive Unprecedented Access, Connect Diverse Communities to Historic Event  —  Progressive Community to Provide Additional Workspace, Resources for Bloggers During Convention Week
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HTML Mencken / Sadly, No!:   Thanks, DNCC … No problem!  —  See, I was gonna cut my hair …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Happy Suck On This Day!  —  Five years, or 10 F.U.s, ago today, America's leading foreign affairs public intellectual explained the Iraq war to us. … Five years and 10 F.U.s later, Iraqis are still sucking on it!
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Atrios / Eschaton:
The Horror of Tom Friedman
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Think Progress
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Clinton's Last Stand; Challenges for Obama, McCain  —  (05-30) 13:16 PDT SAN FRANCISCO —  Democrats are preparing for the final curtain in a long 2008 primary drama this weekend as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a last-stand effort for the party's presidential nomination …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jeffrey Goldberg:
McCain on Israel, Iran and the Holocaust  —  Two weeks ago, I spoke with Barack Obama about the Middle East, Zionism, and his favorite Jewish writers.  Since my blog is both fair and balanced, I had a lengthy conversation with Senator John McCain earlier this week about many of the same subjects.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McAuliffe doesn't like McClellan book, either  —  Give the Macker credit: he knows from loyalty.  —  In an interview with the multi-media Tammy Haddad for National Journal:
Discussion: Political Machine
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Vatican says will excommunicate women priests  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican issued its most explicit decree so far against the ordination of women priests on Thursday, punishing them and the bishops who try to ordain them with automatic excommunication.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and The Corner
 
 
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Axelrod Misrepresents Obama's Position on the Surge
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