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3:45 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 …
James P. Rubin / Washington Post:
Hypocrisy on Hamas  —  McCain Was for Talking Before He Was Against It  —  If the recent exchanges between President Bush, Barack Obama and John McCain on Hamas and terrorism are a preview of the general election, we are in for an ugly six months.  Despite his reputation in the media …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Exclusive Video: McCain Was For Talking To Hamas Before He Was Against It...
Discussion: MyDD and HorsesAss.Org
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain Vision Has Most G.I.'s Out of Iraq by 2013
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Liberal Values
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
California Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban  —  The California Supreme Court, striking down two state laws that had limited marriages to unions between a man and a woman, ruled on Thursday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.  —  The 4-to-3 decision …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:   West Virginia's Top Judge Loses His Re-election Bid
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain and Obama weigh in on Cali marriage decision
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
State Supreme Court says same-sex couples have right to marry
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 ...
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: Oliver Willis, Salon, Attackerman and MyDD
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.
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.
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: Oliver Willis, The Page and The RBC
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:   Massive Blowback To NARAL's Obama Endorsement
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 …
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
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Re: The Obama Campaign Goes Completely Insane  —  I completely concur with John.  The President's speech was a beautiful, eloquent address celebrating the birth of the Jewish state.  Here is the offending passage: … Obama's faux anger in reaction to Bush's speech is ludicrous.
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Associated Press:
Mom indicted in deadly MySpace hoax  —  LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — A Missouri woman was indicted Thursday for her alleged role in perpetrating a hoax on the online social network MySpace against a 13-year-old neighbor who committed suicide.  —  Lori Drew, of suburban St. Louis …
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Trent Hill / Third Party Watch:
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Thanks For Boning, Ma And Pop!
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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John Edwards / CNN:
Eight Edwards delegates now moving to Obama
Discussion: Donklephant and rubber hose
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
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Israel's Response to the Speech
Discussion: Macsmind and Hot Air
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Pandagon
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Bob Beckel / Real Clear Politics:
If Clinton Wants VP, Obama Can't Stop Her

From Mediagazer:

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

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