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12:10 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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Scott McClellan / Washington Post:
Book World: ‘What Happened’  —  Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan was online Friday, May 30 at noon ET to discuss his new book, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception,” and the administration and media reactions to it.
Discussion: Emptywheel
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
CNN:
Congressman wants McClellan to testify under oath  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Bush spokesman Scott McClellan should testify under oath on Capitol Hill about his explosive new book in which he sharply criticizes his old boss, a Democratic congressman said Friday.
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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Mark Murray / MSNBC:   OBAMA SLAMS MCCAIN ON IRAQ FACTS
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
McCain says we're back to ‘pre-surge levels’ …
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.
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: American Power
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
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.
Michael Kinsley / Time:
Don't Link Obama to Former Radicals  —  Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, best known recently as friends of Barack Obama, disappeared in 1969 after two of their colleagues in the Weather Underground died while building a bomb.  Ayers and Dohrn spent 11 years setting off bombs and putting out statements threatening violent revolution.
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
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Kerry: On Sept. 11 We Were at Peace  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) believes that on September 11 “we were basically at peace.”  —  Asked to clarify his remarks, specifically asking about the attacks on the U.S.S. Cole during Barack Obama campaign conference call, Kerry said, “well …
 
 
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Axelrod Misrepresents Obama's Position on the Surge
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Senior McCain aides continue K Street courtship
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Energy—the non-issue?  —  I don't quite understand why one party …
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