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10:20 PM ET, May 10, 2008

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Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Michelle Vetoes Hillary  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Close-in supporters of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign are convinced he never will offer the vice presidential nomination to Sen. Hillary Clinton for one overriding reason: Michelle Obama.  —  The Democratic front-runner's wife …
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Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
A Convention Quandary  —  John McCain's choice to manage the GOP convention this summer is lobbyist Doug Goodyear, whose firm once represented Burma's repressive regime.  —  Rick Gershon / Getty Images  —  Questions of Perception: Some McCain allies worry about his convention manager choice
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama unstained by Chicago Way  —  Will Barack Obama's presidential candidacy serve his state and city by finally drawing national attention to the sleazy and corrupt politics of Illinois and Chicago?  —  It is all about context.  The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate's politics were born in Chicago.
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New York Times:
Pragmatic Politics, Forged on the South Side  —  LESSONS LEARNED Barack Obama campaigning for the Illinois State Senate in 1996, a race he easily won.  A look at Mr. Obama's tough test in the primaries.  Week in Review.  —  In August 1999, Barack Obama strolled amid the floats and bands making …
Stephen Braun / Los Angeles Times:
West Virginia could spell trouble for Obama  —  Scant support among white working-class Democrats, especially men, could dog him into November.  —  MOOREFIELD, W.VA. — In Hardy County, Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 2 to 1.  But there is little enthusiasm for Barack …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
History re-written: Obama never said he would meet personally with Iran without precondition, says advisor; Update: Website excerpt added  —  LGF nails them to the wall, but the Times's complicity in this whitewash is actually even worse than Charles suggests.  From today's story:
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Glenn Kessler / The Trail:
Obama Adviser Tied to Hamas Meetings Resigns
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Holds Private Conference Call With Her Super-Dels: “I Know This Is Not Easy”  —  Hillary held a private rally-the-troops conference call with her super-delegate supporters this afternoon, urging them to believe that “this race is not over,” vowing to them she'd promote Dem unity after the primary …
Discussion: The Page
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Oregon Senate  —  Oregon Senate: Smith Still Below 50% in Re-election Bid  —  Gordon Smith, United States Senator from Oregon, remains below the 50% level of support for the third straight month in Rasmussen Reports polling.  Any incumbent who polls below 50% …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Oregon Presidential Election
Discussion: TalkLeft and FiveThirtyEight.com
CNN:
Obama narrows Clinton superdelegate lead  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton's superdelegate lead over Sen. Barack Obama was narrowed even more Saturday, according to CNN's latest delegate estimate.  —  Clinton picked up the votes of two more superdelegates and lost one since Friday night.
Discussion: Associated Press and PoliBlog (TM)
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Romesh Ratnesar / Time:
Is It Time to Invade Burma?  —  The disaster in Burma presents the world with perhaps its most serious humanitarian crisis since the 2004 Asian tsunami.  By most reliable estimates, close to 100,000 people are dead.  Delays in delivering relief to the victims, the inaccessibility …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
How the military analyst program controlled news coverage: in the Pentagon's own words  —  (updated below)  —  On the question of whether the Pentagon maintained an illegal covert domestic propaganda program — and on the broader question of whether the American media's political coverage …
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Digby / Firedoglake:
FDL Book Salon Welcomes Senator Harry Reid: The Good Fight
Stanley Kurtz / Weekly Standard:
Jeremiah Wright's ‘Trumpet’  —  The content of the magazine produced by Barack Obama's pastor reveals the content of his character.  —  To the question of the moment—What did Barack Obama know and when did he know it?  —I answer, Obama knew everything, and he's known it for ages.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GUESS THAT'S A BAD THING?  —  TPM Reader EW sent in this little snippet from that DOD document dump about the Times military analysts story ...  (ed.note: This would appear to be the post in question.  And this is Dan Senor's WaPo Oped.  Senor, you'll remember, originally didn't exist but …
Discussion: Attackerman
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Supporting The Troops, Bush-Style  —  C&Ler “Z” sent this link to a letter to the editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette: … There's an incentive for re-upping for three, four and five more tours.  But hey, the good news is that the Pentagon has decided to change the way they handle …
Discussion: Gazette and Associated Press
UrbanMecca.com:
Three-Day Strike by Hundreds of Security Officers at Kaiser Hospitals  —  Large rallies in Northern and Southern California today marked the close of a three-day, statewide unfair labor practice strike by hundreds of hospital security officers at 23 Kaiser medical facilities that succeeded …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Seeds of Destruction  —  The Clintons have never understood how to exit the stage gracefully.  —  Their repertoire has always been deficient in grace and class.  So there was Hillary Clinton cold-bloodedly asserting to USA Today that she was the candidate favored by “hard-working Americans …
Associated Press:
Myanmar junta hands out aid boxes with generals' names  —  YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's military regime distributed international aid Saturday but plastered the boxes with the names of top generals in an apparent effort to turn the relief effort for last week's devastating cyclone into a propaganda exercise.
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Daily Mail:
Anti-terror police arrest Muslim author and former al-Qaida recruiter …
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Think Progress:
Missouri Turns Back Anti-Civil Rights Initiative
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Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain paints Obama's portrait
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
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Discussion: TownHall Blog
David Johnston / New York Times:
E-Mail Shows Racial Jokes by Secret Service Supervisors
Ellen R. Malcolm / Washington Post:
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