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3:40 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.
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Barr unpersuaded by 'don't run' pleas  —  Former Rep. Bob Barr says a number of Republicans have been trying to persuade him not to run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket, but none has given him a convincing reason.  —  The former Republican congressman from Georgia formed …
Johanna Neuman / Los Angeles Times:
Bob Barr to run for president as a Libertarian  —  The former GOP congressman from Georgia accuses the government of irresponsible spending.  He says McCain can't call himself a true conservative.  Clinton and Obama campaign in West Virginia.
Discussion: First Draft and PunditGuy
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
Reading the Ron Paul Revolution  —  Ron Paul's book, The Revolution: A Manifesto benefits from many of the virtues of the author's maverick presidential campaign - but it also shares some of the Paul campaign's shortcomings.  —  Ron Paul's <i>The Revolution: A Manifesto</I> is an important book.
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
Daniel Pipes / littlegreenfootballs.com:
NY Times Admits Obama's Muslim Birth
PR Newswire:
Poll Predicts 36-Point Clinton Landslide in W. Virginia  —  Voters Say Clinton's Persistence Will Not Hurt the Democratic Party  —  Although Barack Obama is the likely Democratic nominee, West Virginia Democratic voters are marching to a different drummer, as Hillary Clinton leads …
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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 …
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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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.
Discussion: Donklephant and The Page
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
McCain's Christian Problem  —  John McCain, who as the Republican candidate for president has spent the past two months trying to consolidate right-wing support, has a problem of disputed dimensions with a vital component of the conservative coalition: evangelicals.
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James Pethokoukis / US News:
Source: Huckabee Tops McCain's Veep List
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 …
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
Susan Estrich / Real Clear Politics:
Could Obama Be Another Dukakis?  —  It is a thought that sends shivers down the backs of Democrats, a name that brings to mind memories of an election lost that might have been won, against a war hero once referred to in headlines as a “wimp” who won not so much by his own strengths …
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.
Discussion: The New Republic
 
 
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Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
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George F. Will / Newsweek:
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The Bush Legacy  —  About a month ago, I called Ramesh in a panic …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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?
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Paulville? Count Ron Paul out
William A. Schambra / The Chronicle of Philanthropy:
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Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama adviser who met with Hamas resigns
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Pulls Ahead of Clinton, 50% to 43%
Discussion: The Swamp
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
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For Obama, Advice Straight Up
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