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7:35 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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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 …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
Reading the Ron Paul Revolution
Discussion: Dean's World and Samizdata.net
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
McCain's Christian Problem
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Bob Barr's Announcement
Discussion: Washington Wire
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: Bob Barr To Run For President
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.
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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Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama sporting flag pin as he campaigns in W. Virginia
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: Nitpicker and INSTAPUTZ
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Obama Disses Boomers Who Opposed Vietnam War
Brad / Sadly, No!:
Oh my  —  Jonah, are you sure you want to ask this? … (Via.)  —  I highly encourage you all to send Jonah your thoughts on this matter, be they constructive or otherwise.  —  For my part, I think pictures speak more than a trillion-kabillion words, so I'll let them speak for me.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: SCSUScholars and Rachel Lucas
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Dhimmi watch: Muslim chases service animal out of school
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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.
CNN:
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES  —  Coverage of the Democratic Presidential Race; Myanmar Government Bans Western Journalists  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice over): End game.  The media referees declare …
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Oregon Dem governor appears at McCain environment event
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Turns to the General Election
Discussion: The Trail, Emptywheel and Salon
KCCW-TV:
Pawlenty Jokes About Lack Of Sex Life
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Police in Gun Searches Face Disbelief in Court
NY Daily News:
Family values? Fossella shuns his gay sister
John McCain 2008:
Remarks By John McCain on Climate Change Policy
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
Discussion: First Draft and PunditGuy
 Earlier Items: 
Matt / Think Progress:
Lieberman Dismisses Iraqis Who Oppose A McCain Presidency
Tom Matzzie / The Huffington Post:
How John McCain Can Rescue the Republican Party
Rick Jacobs / The Huffington Post:
Tax-Free Yachts—Brought to you by the Republican Party
Discussion: Firedoglake
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
An “October surprise” to help Obama?
William A. Schambra / The Chronicle of Philanthropy:
Philanthropy's Jeremiah Wright Problem
Tony Badran / Michael J. Totten:
Jumblatt's Men Set Back Iran's Militia in Lebanon
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The candidates and the calendar  —  Here's a budding storyline …
Susan Estrich / Real Clear Politics:
Could Obama Be Another Dukakis?
 

 
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q2 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.8B, MAUs up 14% YoY to 626M, subscribers up 12% YoY to 246M, above est., and €266M operating income; SPOT jumps 12%+

Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast reports Peacock Q2 revenue up 28% YoY to $1B, a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023, and paying subscribers up 38% YoY to 33M

Max Goldbart / Deadline:
BBC plans to lay off 500 more staff by March 2026 and reports a £263M operating deficit in 2023/24, up from £193M in 2022/23, projected to be £492M in 2024/25

 
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