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1:15 AM ET, May 16, 2008


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton defends Obama from Bush  —  Hillary, today in Rapid City, South Dakota, defended Obama from President Bush's apparent comparison of him to Neville Chamberlain, Ken Vogel reports.  —  She told reporters: … “There is a very clear difference between Democrats and Republicans …
How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power  —  Rumours of a link between the US first family and the Nazi war machine have circulated for decades.  Now the Guardian can reveal how repercussions of events that culminated in action under the Trading with the Enemy Act are still being felt by today's president
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mark Finkelstein /
Matthews Rips Guest For Ignorance of History, Then Claims Cole Attack Happened Under Bush  —  A Hardball epic . . .  Message to Chris Matthews: when ripping a guest for his lack of historical knowledge, try to avoid making a history mistake of your own in the same segment.  —  It happened on this afternoon's Hardball.
Ali / Think Progress:
Chris Matthews Stumps Right-Wing Radio Host: ‘Tell Me What Chamberlain Did?’  'I Don't Know'  —  On MSNBC's Hardball tonight, right-wing radio host Kevin James attempted to defend President Bush's comments comparing Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) to Nazi appeasers because he favors talking with our enemies.
Discussion: Attackerman, Salon and MyDD
Elisabeth Bumiller / The Caucus:
McCain Agrees With Bush's Remarks on Appeasement  —  Senator John McCain, who has been critical of President Bush on the environment and other policies this week, on Thursday morning wholeheartedly endorsed Mr. Bush's veiled rebuke in the Israeli Knesset of Senator Barack Obama that talking to …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Blasts Obama As Unfit To Defend America  —  On a conference call with conservative bloggers this afternoon, John McCain launched what may be his most direct attack yet on Barack Obama's national security credentials, saying flat out that Obama is incapable of protecting America and lacks …
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Biden: Bush's comments were ‘bulls**t’  —  Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), piling on to Democratic complaints about President Bush's speech in Israel today:  —  “This is bulls**t, this is malarkey.  This is outrageous, for the president of the United States to go to a foreign country …
Bush suggests Obama wants ‘appeasement’ of terrorists  —  JERUSALEM (CNN) - In a particularly sharp blast from halfway around the world, President Bush suggested Thursday that Sen. Barack Obama and other Democrats are in favor of “appeasement” of terrorists in the same way U.S. leaders appeased Nazis in the run-up to World War II.
James P. Rubin / Washington Post:
Hypocrisy on Hamas
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Matthews rips right wing Talkie Kevin James because he's doesn't …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
California Supreme Court overturns gay marriage ban  —  In a 4-3 ruling, the justices rule that state marriage laws are unconstitutional.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples should be permitted to marry, rejecting state marriage laws as discriminatory.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain and Obama weigh in on Cali marriage decision
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain adviser ousted in conflict uproar  —  John McCain's campaign asked a prominent Republican consultant, Craig Shirley, to leave his official campaign role Thursday after a Politico inquiry about Shirley's dual role consulting for the campaign and for an independent “527” group opposing the Democratic presidential candidates.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs, MyDD and Fox News
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Campaign To Re-Vet Entire Staff  —  After a series of disclosures forced the resignation of two McCain campaign aides with ties to unsavory regimes, the campaign has decided to scrutinize the background of the entire staff to ferret out connections to lobbyists.
Discussion: The Page
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TOO HARD A BALL  —  Right-Wing Radio yakker crashes and burns like the Hindenburg while trying to talk about appeasement ...
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
House Republicans Collapse on Iraq  —  Today, about 100 House Republicans refused to vote for more war funding, voting ‘present’.  They are trying to hand off the war to the Democrats, but even Democrats were able to increase their ‘no’ vote number on funding from 141 to 149; the bill failed.
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
House fails to pass war funding measure
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Conyers: 'We're closing in on Rove'  —  Just off the House floor today, the Crypt overheard House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers tell two other people: “We're closing in on Rove.  Someone's got to kick his ass.”  —  Asked a few minutes later for a more official explanation …
Saira Anees / Political Punch:
Women Threaten Obama Boycott  —  FROM GUEST-BLOGGER RICK KLEIN, OF ABC'S THE NOTE  —  I've posted a few times in the last two days about female supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton who are angry — at the Democratic Party, at the Obama campaign, or at the general situation that sees …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:   Massive Blowback To NARAL's Obama Endorsement
John Edwards / CNN:
Eight Edwards delegates now moving to Obama  —  From CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby, CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson, CNN's Beth Rotatori  —  (CNN) - At least six of John Edwards' pledged delegates in South Carolina will throw their support to Barack Obama following Edwards' endorsement …
Discussion: rubber hose
Nate /
Among working class whites, Clinton kicked Edwards' ass too
Discussion: MyDD and Obsidian Wings
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Thanks For Boning, Ma And Pop!  —  Harvard law professor Larry Tribe at NYU's commencement: “Think about it — if your mother and father had watched yesterday's equivalent of The Wire instead of making love at just the right moment, you would not exist.  So thank mom and dad for doing it.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain Vision Has Most G.I.'s Out of Iraq by 2013  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Senator John McCain declared on Thursday that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013 and that the nation would be a functioning democracy with only “spasmodic” episodes of violence.
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain believes Iraq war can be won by 2013
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Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
The Worst Republican Senator
Discussion: The Corner
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Hold on Jewish Vote Could Slip
Discussion: God-o-Meter
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Re: The Obama Campaign Goes Completely Insane
Discussion: The Belmont Club
The Hill:
GOP leaders tout policies as they mull NRCC changes
Discussion: The New Republic
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Senate panel adds immigration measure to Iraq supplemental
Discussion: VetVoice and The Corner
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Israel's Response to the Speech
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Rahm's defense  —  An interesting pattern I've noticed lately …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Jed Report
Fred Thompson / TownHall Blog:
The Place to Discuss Our Fundamental Principles
Bob Beckel / Real Clear Politics:
If Clinton Wants VP, Obama Can't Stop Her