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8:25 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 …
Tom Matzzie / The Huffington Post:
How John McCain Can Rescue the Republican Party
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Firedoglake
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
Reading the Ron Paul Revolution
Discussion: Dean's World
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Bob Barr's Announcement
Discussion: Washington Wire
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
McCain's Christian Problem
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  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama, who labeled discussion of whether he wears a flag pin in his lapel a false issue in a debate with Hillary Clinton, was wearing one Monday as he campaigned in West Virginia ahead of Tuesday's primary vote there.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Pulls Ahead of Clinton, 50% to 43%
Discussion: Spin Cycle and 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 …
DrewM / minx.cc:
McCain: You Know What We Need To Do Something About?  Global Warming.  —  Apparently he's going to spend the next week or so advocating for action on climate change. … But wait, there's more!  He's also using some of his limited resources on a TV ad dedicated to the subject.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Political Radar
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New York Times:
McCain Differs With Bush on Climate Change
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 …
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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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Long Answers To Stupid Questions
Discussion: Salon and FishBowlDC
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
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Lieberman: Obama's Alleged Endorsement By Hamas Shows “Difference” With McCain  —  It was only a matter of time, really.  If you ever doubted that Joe Lieberman would be using what's left of his “Independent Democrat” credentials to legitimize the GOP's bogus “Hamas endorsed Obama” attack, here he is on CNN doing just that...
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Matt / Think Progress:
Lieberman Dismisses Iraqis Who Oppose A McCain Presidency
Discussion: Attackerman and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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
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:
No Rush for Clinton to Go, but it's Still Advantage Obama  —  Poll Shows 64 Percent of Dems Say Clinton Should Remain in the Race  —  Pushing back against political punditry, more than six in 10 Democrats say there's no rush for Hillary Clinton to leave the presidential race …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Boston Globe
 
 
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