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5:55 PM ET, May 9, 2008


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Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
Barack Obama sacks adviser over talks with Hamas  —  One of Barack Obama's Middle East policy advisers disclosed today that he had held meetings with the militant Palestinian group Hamas - prompting the likely Democratic nominee to sever all links with him.  —  Robert Malley told The Times …
McCain defends his ‘bearings’  —  NEWARK, New Jersey (CNN) - John McCain on Friday defended his charge that the terrorist organization Hamas is rooting for Barack Obama to win the presidency — and said voters were welcome to discuss whether his age should be a factor in the fall campaign.
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Lieberman: 'I Personally Checked John McCain's Bearings'
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama Pledges Support for Israel, Blasts McCain Hamas Comments
Discussion: The Sleuth and MSNBC
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Kennedy: No veep slot for Clinton  —  It's fun to think about, but there are so many obstacles, and Ted Kennedy isn't buying, he said on Bloomberg Television's “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” which airs this weekend. … Ouch.
Discussion: Political Machine, Hot Air and The Page
Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Obama Unlikely to Pick Clinton as Running Mate, Kennedy Says
Discussion: TalkLeft
David Alire Garcia / New Mexico Independent:
NMI EXCLUSIVE: Count one more superdelegate for Barack Obama  —  New Mexico Democratic superdelegate Laurie Weahkee announced today she's backing Barack Obama.  —  SANTA FE — If Sen. Barack Obama needs a mere 170 more delegate votes to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination outright, he just got one vote closer.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Rahm Emanuel: Obama Is Our Presumptive Nominee  —  One of the most influential (and thus far subdued) voices in the Democratic primary all but declared the contest over on Friday morning.  —  “At this point, Barack is the presumptive nominee,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel during the New Yorker's magazine conference.
Killing by the numbers  —  In 2007 elite U.S. snipers executed an unarmed Iraqi prisoner in cold blood.  Have the insidious tactics that led to atrocities in Vietnam reemerged in Iraq?  —  Genei Nesir Khudair al-Janabi, an Iraqi vegetable farmer, walked down to the ramshackle pump house along the banks of the Euphrates.
Discussion: Swampland
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Damsel of Distress  —  This is an amazing story.  The Democratic Party has a winner.  It has a nominee.  You know this because he has the most votes and the most elected delegates, and there's no way, mathematically, his opponent can get past him.  Even after the worst two weeks of his campaign …
Mark Mooney / Political Radar:
Obama Now Takes The Lead in Superdelegates Too  —  ABC News' Karen Travers Reports: For the first time this campaign season, Barack Obama has surpassed Hillary Clinton's support among superdelegates, according to the ABC News delegate estimate.  —  Sen. Obama, D-Ill., picked up two superdelegates …
Scott Martelle / Top of the Ticket:
John McCain called out by Jed Bartlet's aides  —  JERSEY CITY, N.J. — It turns out that hobnobbing with liberal blogger Arianna Huffington and the cast of NBC's “The West Wing” on the left coast can be a risky proposition for a Republican with White House ambitions.
Gallup Daily: Obama Not Yet Pulling Away  —  Democratic nomination preferences remain evenly divided  —  PRINCETON, NJ — According to Gallup Poll Daily tracking, Democratic voters remain closely divided in their presidential nomination preferences, with 48% favoring Barack Obama and 46% backing Hillary Clinton.
Chris / TVNewser:
Fox News Assistant Fired For Red Carpet Disclosure  —  TVNewser Exclusive: A 24-year-old Fox News Channel production assistant was fired this morning for something she said during the red carpet arrivals at the Time 100 Gala last night.  —  Insiders tell us the assistant, identified as Jennifer Locke …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Conservative Revival  —  For years, American and British politics were in sync.  Reagan came in roughly the same time as Thatcher, and Clinton's Third Way approach mirrored Blair's.  But the British conservatives never had a Gingrich revolution in the 1990s or the Bush victories thereafter.
abu muqawama:
The Realities for Hizbollah — and does this mean Ann-Margret's NOT coming?  (Updated)  —  This line in the Washington Post's article on Lebanon jumped out at Abu Muqawama for obvious reasons. … That pretty much sums up the tactical realities in Beirut.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Thinking About November  —  The fight for the Democratic nomination seems to be winding down.  It's not completely over, but the odds now overwhelmingly favor Barack Obama.  —  Assuming that Mr. Obama is the nominee, he'll lead a party that, judging by the usual indicators …
McCain planning climate change tour  —  Sen. John McCain really does want to tempt the Republican base. ...  We've gotten our hands on an advanced transcript of this weekend's “The Chris Matthews Show” on NBC and the British Broadcasting Corporation's Katty Kay offered this nugget during the show's …
Jay DeDapper / WNBC:
DeDapper's Blog: Fossella Resignation Could Come Soon  —  Several top New York Republicans said that Congressman Vito Fossella's resignation will come within the next 72 hours — if not late Friday then certainly by Monday.  —  There was political concern about how best to preserve the seat …
Discussion: Think Progress
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bernie Ward admits to child porn in plea deal  —  (05-08) 18:49 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Bernie Ward, the most prominent liberal voice on Bay Area talk radio for more than two decades, admitted Thursday to distribution of child pornography by e-mail in a plea deal that will send him to federal prison for at least five years.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Republicans vote against Mother's Day.  —  On Wednesday, the House took up the seemingly uncontroversial H. Res. 1113, “Celebrating the role of mothers in the United States and supporting the goals and ideals of Mother's Day.”  The resolution initially passed 412 to 0, until Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) rose in protest:
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GOP isn't letting Colombia die
Marc Ambinder:
From The “If McCain Did This” Files  —  Obama, below, is tired, nothing more.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Marc Ambinder:
Reality Principle Watch: A Clinton Power Point Presentation
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Hillary Clinton: The Psycho Ex-Girlfriend of the Democratic Party
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Friendly Fire  —  A series of emails from the DoD's document dump …
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Severely Underwater Vehicles
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Top McCain Aide Sponsors Ritual To Attack Christianity
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Sticking Points for Obama
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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National Journal Online:
Q&A: James Clyburn  —  The House Majority Whip On The State …
Krooney / The Page:
Did Edwards Tip His Hand?
Jack Kelly / Real Clear Politics:
Obama Needs a History Lesson
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
You want radical?  You got it  —  Supreme Court justices …
Andrew G. Biggs / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Faulty Tax Argument
Peggy O'Hare / Houston Chronicle:
3 accused of using corpse head to smoke pot
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