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11:05 AM ET, May 11, 2008


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Newt Gingrich / Newsweek:
Dear Senator Obama ...  A Republican reformer has advice for the new guy promising to clean up Washington: get specific.  —  Your campaign has been brilliant.  It has given you more support and more momentum than most analysts expected a year ago.  Keeping things simple and vague has worked so far …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Gloomy Republicans  —  For good reason?  —  First, the good news.  Conservatives won a sweeping victory in an enormously important election the week before last.  Unfortunately, it happened in England, where Boris Johnson won the race for mayor of London and Conservatives trounced Labour all across the country.
Discussion: and Classical Values
Marc Ambinder:
An Optics Problem For McCain  —  Item: The McCain campaign's handpicked RNC convention czar, Doug Goodyear, resigns after Newsweek reports that his firm, the DCI Group, was working to make the government of Myanmar look good. … Discussion: Optics.  What becomes now of Doug Davenport …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Official Chosen by McCain to Run Convention Resigns  —  The public relations executive whom Senator John McCain's campaign had chosen to run the Republican National Convention this summer resigned his post on Saturday after a magazine reported that his firm had lobbied for the military junta that runs Myanmar.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and The Page
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
A Convention Quandary  —  John McCain's choice to manage …
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 …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Party Like It's 2008  —  ANOTHER weekly do-or-die primary battle, another round of wildly predicted “game changers” that collapsed in the locker room.  —  Hillary Clinton's attempt to impersonate a Nascar-lovin', gun-totin', economist-bashin' populist went bust: Asked which candidate most …
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 …
New York Times:
Rethinking Ethanol  —  The time has come for Congress to rethink ethanol, an alternative fuel that has lately fallen from favor.  Specifically, it is time to end an outdated tax break for corn ethanol and to call a timeout in the fivefold increase in ethanol production mandated in the 2007 energy bill.
Discussion: Don Surber and PoliGazette
Spencer / Attackerman:
You Better Keep Your Mouth Shut, In A Rut  —  It's always disconcerting to read senior defense officials sounding like the wingnutosphere, but this gem from the doc-dump about the Pentagon's media-manipulation efforts is especially telling.  In 2006 Rajiv Chandrasekaran did a TPMCafe book club …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   GUESS THAT'S A BAD THING?
New York Times:
Vote Like Thy Neighbor  —  The buzz these days is that American politics may be entering a “postpartisan” era, as a new generation finds the old ideological quarrels among baby boomers to be increasingly irrelevant.  In reality, matters are not so simple.  Far from being postpartisan …
Michael A. Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
In mortgage market, ‘walkaway’ homeowners may be urban myth  —  Bankers and housing analysts say many homeowners, owing more than their homes are worth, are defaulting on their loans even when they can afford payments.  But no hard numbers back up their claims.
Cameo Appearance / The American Scene:
Give Kids the Vote!  —  First, let's dispatch the most common argument against my little obsession: that kids are not reasonable enough to understand the issues and make an informed vote.  I disagree.  —  You'll remember that the same argument was used time and again to prevent giving women the vote and …
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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NY Daily News:
Vito Fossella lied to other woman; wife considers dumping him
Discussion: Roger Ailes and The Swamp
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
Lebanon's Third Civil War
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: TalkLeft
Three-Day Strike by Hundreds of Security Officers at Kaiser Hospitals
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Obama narrows Clinton superdelegate lead
 Earlier Items: 
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Supporting The Troops, Bush-Style
Discussion: Gazette and Associated Press
Yvette Kantrow / The Huffington Post:
Miracle Cures: The “new” Wall Street Journal Falls Short
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Holds Private Conference Call With Her Super-Dels: “I Know This Is Not Easy”
Discussion: Truthdig and The Page
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
History re-written: Obama never said he would meet personally …