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5:50 PM ET, May 11, 2008

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Is She a Trojan Rabbit?  —  Now Barack Obama faces a true dilemma: how best to punish Hillary Clinton.  —  After 15 months of fighting her off, as she veered wildly from bully to victim, as she brandished any ice pick at hand, whether racial, sexual, mathematical or marital …
Marc Ambinder:
A Second McCain Aide Resigns  —  Doug Davenport, the regional campaign manager for the mid-Atlantic states, founded the DCI Group's lobbying practice and oversaw the contract with Myanmar in 2002.  —  “Doug has tendered his resignation and we have accepted it,” Jill Hazelbaker, McCain's communications director, wrote in a e-mail.
Discussion: The New Republic and AMERICAblog
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Second McCain aide quits over DCI ties
Pol Watchers:
Obama's new Kentucky ad focuses on coal  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama launched a new TV ad this weekend featuring an Illinois miner praising the the him for work on coal issues.  —  “Washington, D.C., is not listening to us,” said Randy Henry, who is identified as a miner for 31 years.
Discussion: The Page
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New York Times:
Already, Obama and McCain Map Fall Strategies  —  Senators John McCain and Barack Obama are already drawing up strategies for taking each other on in the general election, focusing on the same groups — including independent voters and Latinos — and about a dozen states where they think the contest …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Limbaugh: ‘My impact will increase’  —  Conservatives are despondent, liberals are as enthused about a presidential candidate as they've been in 40 years, and the candidate he has long loathed won the Republican nomination.  —  But never mind the pervasive sense of GOP malaise …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
As Losses Mount, GOP Begins Looking in the Mirror  —  Since losing 30 seats and their 12-year stranglehold on power in 2006, House Republicans have kept asking themselves the same question: Can it get any worse?  —  On Tuesday, they may get another answer they won't like.
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NY Daily News:
Vito Fossella lied to other woman; wife considers dumping him
Tom Foreman / CNN:
Religious right leaning toward Democrats?  —  “Raw Politics” on “Anderson Cooper 360” delivers the latest political news with a wry sense of a humor and without spin.  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — For decades, evangelicals have been seen as solid supporters of the Republican Party.  That could be changing.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Faiz / Think Progress:
Blunt: McCain ‘Would Be’ A Third Bush Term On Economy, 'And I Think That's A Good Thing'  —  On CNN's Late Edition today, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) claimed that the argument that John McCain would, in effect, be a third Bush term “isn't going to stick”:
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Newsweek:
Sit Back, Relax, Get Ready to Rumble  —  He's taken everything in stride, it seems.  How Obama and his team will battle the GOP onslaught.  —  How do you know if Barack Obama is unhappy with what you're saying— or not saying?  At meetings of his closest advisers, he likes to lean back, put his feet on the table and close his eyes.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Donklephant
Charleston Daily Mail:
Secretary of State says mass mailing has caused confusion  —  The Secretary of State's office is reminding first-time voters that the deadline to register to vote in Tuesday's primary already has passed.  —  Betty Ireland said she's worried that a mass mailing aimed at getting young women …
MSNBC:
May 11: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Terry McAuliffe, political roundtable  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: After a landslide loss in North Carolina and a razor-thin win in Indiana, Hillary Clinton's campaign goes on.  For how long and at what price to Democratic Party unity?
Maddy Sauer / ABCNEWS:
Halliburton Rape Claim Goes to Court  —  Judge Orders That Woman's Case Should Go to Trial, Not Arbitration  —  A Houston woman who says she was gang raped by co-workers at a Halliburton/KBR camp in Baghdad won a major court battle late Friday when a Texas judge ordered that she can bring …
 
 
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New York Times:
The Suffering of Soldiers  —  Several years into a pair of wars …
Discussion: Redstate
The Politico:
GOP getting crushed in polls, key races
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and Sadly, No!
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Judge's Guantánamo Ruling Bodes Ill for System
Discussion: Emptywheel and Balkinization
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Sadrists and Iraqi Government Reach Truce Deal
Guy Grimland / Haaretz:
Israel startup uses behavioral science to identify terrorists
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Wall Street Journal:
America's Race to the Middle
Associated Press:
Hamas militant killed in Gaza explosion
From Beirut to the Beltway:
Hizbullah continues military offensive in Chouf
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:
Happy Mother's Day!  —  Mom reading the Geneva Conventions.
Discussion: neo-neocon
Michael A. Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
In mortgage market, ‘walkaway’ homeowners may be urban myth
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
Lebanon's Third Civil War
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Party Like It's 2008  —  ANOTHER weekly do-or-die primary battle …
New York Times:
Rethinking Ethanol
Discussion: Don Surber and PoliGazette
Newt Gingrich / Newsweek:
Dear Senator Obama ...
Discussion: Donklephant
Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
McCain Poised to Flip on GOP Abortion Platform
 

 
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Adam B. Vary / Variety:
The Blair Witch Project cast requests retroactive residuals and “meaningful consultation” on future projects, after Lionsgate and Blumhouse announced a reboot

Tariq Panja / New York Times:
Sources: FIFA is close to giving Apple the global rights for its 2025 World Cup-style soccer competition in the US, likely for ~25% of FIFA's first $4B estimate

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q1 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.6B, MAUs up 19% YoY to 615M, below 617.9M est., subscribers up 14% YoY to 239M, and a €168M operating income

 
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