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5:55 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 …
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Barr to announce Libertarian White House bid
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: Bob Barr To Run For President
Marc Ambinder:
Barr Announces  —  Item: Ex CIA officer/US Attorney/Rep. Bob Barr (L-GA) Announces
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Dems to Clinton: Don't Say Anything to Hurt Us
Discussion: Wonkette
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Pulls Ahead of Clinton, 50% to 43%
Discussion: The Swamp
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
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
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 …
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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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.)
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
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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
John McCain 2008:
Remarks By John McCain on Climate Change Policy  —  ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain delivered the following remarks as prepared for delivery at the Vestas Training Facility, in Portland, OR:  —  Thank you all very much.  I appreciate the hospitality of Vestas Wind Technology.
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Police in Gun Searches Face Disbelief in Court
NY Daily News:
Family values? Fossella shuns his gay sister
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
Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
McCain, Huckabee and Evangelicals
Johanna Neuman / Los Angeles Times:
Bob Barr to run for president as a Libertarian
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
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Craw / Talking Points Memo:
TPMTV SUNDAY SHOW ROUNDUP: THE LONG GOODBYE
Discussion: The New Republic
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama adviser who met with Hamas resigns
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The candidates and the calendar  —  Here's a budding storyline …
Discussion: The New Republic
Susan Estrich / Real Clear Politics:
Could Obama Be Another Dukakis?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Oil Nonbubble  —  “The Oil Bubble: Set to Burst?”