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6:30 PM ET, May 12, 2008

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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Ron Paul's forces quietly plot GOP convention revolt against McCain  —  Virtually all the nation's political attention in recent weeks has focused on the compelling state-by-state presidential nomination struggle between two Democrats and the potential for party-splitting strife over there.
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Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Barr announces Libertarian White House bid  —  WASHINGTON - Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr launched a Libertarian Party presidential bid Monday, saying voters are hungry for an alternative to the status quo who would dramatically cut the federal government.
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Source: Huckabee Tops McCain's Veep List  —  Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and defeated contender for the GOP presidential nomination, is currently at the top of John McCain's short list for a running mate.  At least that's the word from a top McCain fundraiser …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
McCain's Christian Problem
Tom Matzzie / The Huffington Post:   How John McCain Can Rescue the Republican Party
Edward N. Luttwak / New York Times:
President Apostate?  —  BARACK OBAMA has emerged as a classic example of charismatic leadership — a figure upon whom others project their own hopes and desires.  The resulting emotional intensity adds greatly to the more conventional strengths of the well-organized Obama campaign …
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Ali Eteraz / The Huffington Post:
Obama Islam Smear Changes Stripes  —  When the Islam smear against Obama first came out, it was based on the idea that he is currently, a Muslim.  —  Then the Pastor Wright controversy put that mess to rest, since Obama's affiliations to an obviously Christian Church became front and center.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Israpundit
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Dems to Clinton: Don't Say Anything to Hurt Us  —  Clinton Expects to Win W. Va., but Win Will Have Little Impact on Dem Race  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., pressed her campaign ahead of Tuesday's West Virginia primary as Democratic Party leaders warned her not to do or say anything …
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
Obama on Zionism and Hamas  —  The Hamas leader Ahmed Yousef did Barack Obama no favor recently when he said: “We like Mr. Obama and we hope that he will win the election.”  John McCain jumped on this statement, calling it a “legitimate point of discussion,” and tied it to Obama's putative softness on Iran …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama keeps on repudiating boomers  —  But now with a general election twist.  —  Making a token appearance today in veteran-heavy West Virginia, Obama will say this at a rally: … Not only is Obama underlining his generational distance from the boomers, but he's also reaching …
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ and Nitpicker
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Obama Disses Boomers Who Opposed Vietnam War
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Bush May Be as Harmful to McCain as Wright Is to Obama  —  One-third of likely voters say they are less likely to vote for McCain because of Bush  —  PRINCETON, NJ — George W. Bush may do as much damage to John McCain's chances of being elected as Jeremiah Wright does to Barack Obama's …
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Pulls Ahead of Clinton, 50% to 43%
Discussion: The Swamp
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The Bush Legacy  —  About a month ago, I called Ramesh in a panic because I'd forgotten that I was slated to do a Close-Up Foundation interview on the Bush legacy and I hadn't thought too much about it.  Fortunately, not only did Ramesh have some great thoughts, but I was wrong about the date …
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Brad / Sadly, No!:   Oh my  —  Jonah, are you sure you want to ask this? … (Via.)
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Blast from the past: Video: Bill O'Reilly Gone Wild: Drops F-Bombs on the set.  —  This is too much.  Bill O'Reilly used to work for ‘Inside Edition’ before he had his FOX show.  This is a behind-the-scenes look at BillO losing it—yelling at the people working on the set and cursing his head off.
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Amanda / Think Progress:
O'Reilly's meltdown: ‘F*ck it! F*cking thing sucks!’
Discussion: TVNewser, The Raw Story and Majikthise
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Obama's Inability to Hire Good Help Rears Its Head ... Again  —  We started covering Sen. Barack Obama's inability to hire good staffers in June 2007, when he blamed staffers for some opposition research trying to link Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, to outsourcing in India …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Bush Hits New Low as ‘Wrong Track’ Rises  —  Eighty-Two Percent of Americans Say the Country's Seriously Off on the Wrong Track  —  Public disgruntlement neared a record high and President Bush slipped to his career low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
An “October surprise” to help Obama?  —  Writing in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, Gabriel Schoenfeld, a senior editor at the seminal neoconservative journal Commentary, speculated about the possibility of an “October surprise” engineered by a rogue nation, terrorists or Iraqi insurgents …
Discussion: The Corner, Nitpicker and Commentary
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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
In The War Of Ideas, Bush and McCain Wield A Wet Noodle
Dave Aeikens / St. Cloud Times:
SCSU student leaves training at Technical High School  —  A St. Cloud State University student in a teacher-training program at Technical High School left the school in late April because he says he feared for the safety of his service dog.  —  The school district calls it a misunderstanding …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Dhimmi watch: Muslim chases service animal out of school
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The candidates and the calendar  —  Here's a budding storyline you shouldn't buy: Hillary could have won this race, if only she'd cracked the code earlier on how to stop Obama.  It's an appealing notion, but one that ignores the force that's driven her transformation: The calendar.
 
 
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NY Daily News:
Family values? Fossella shuns his gay sister
Kathleen M. Joyce / jones.house.gov:
JONES INTRODUCES PRESIDENTIAL SIGNING STATEMENTS ACT
Discussion: Capitol Briefing
CNN:
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Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Young Saudis, Vexed and Entranced by Love's Rules
Reuters:
Iran says to sue U.S. and Britain over mosque blast
Johanna Neuman / Los Angeles Times:
Bob Barr to run for president as a Libertarian
 Earlier Items: 
Rick Jacobs / The Huffington Post:
Tax-Free Yachts—Brought to you by the Republican Party
Discussion: Firedoglake
William A. Schambra / The Chronicle of Philanthropy:
Philanthropy's Jeremiah Wright Problem
Ben Craw / Talking Points Memo:
TPMTV SUNDAY SHOW ROUNDUP: THE LONG GOODBYE
Discussion: The New Republic
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
What Is a Realistic Electoral Map For November?
Tony Badran / Michael J. Totten:
Jumblatt's Men Set Back Iran's Militia in Lebanon
Susan Estrich / Real Clear Politics:
Could Obama Be Another Dukakis?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Oil Nonbubble  —  “The Oil Bubble: Set to Burst?”