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2:35 PM ET, May 15, 2008


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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.
Will Bunch /
President Bush committed political treason today  —  I've seen a lot of sad things in American politics in my lifetime — the resignation of a president who became a national disgrace after he oversaw a campaign of break-ins and cover-ups, another who circumvented the Constitution to trade arms for hostages …
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Obama Takes Issue With Bush Foreign Policy Speech  —  ABC News' Ed O'Keefe Reports: The Obama campaign is taking issue with a comment President Bush made while speaking to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel's statehood.  —  “Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals …
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Biden: Bush's comments were ‘bulls**t’  —  Sen. Joe Biden, 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, to sit in the Knesset …
Discussion: Redstate and The Page
Wall Street Journal:
Prepared Text of Bush's Knesset Speech  —  As Prepared for Delivery: Remarks by the President to Members of the Knesset  —  Shalom.  Laura and I are thrilled to be back in Israel.  We have been deeply moved by the celebrations of the past two days.  And this afternoon …
Think Progress:
Lieberman On Bush Comparing Democrats To Nazi-Appeasers: ‘The President Got It Exactly Right’  —  Delivering an address before the Israeli Knesset today, President Bush said that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Democrats favor a policy of appeasement toward terrorists.
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Pelosi: Bush comments ‘beneath the dignity of the office’  —  Democratic House leaders are calling out President Bush for a speech in Israel in which he seemed to suggest that Sen. Barack Obama wants the United States to “negotiate with terrorists.”  —  In his speech, Bush said …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Obama says Bush falsely accuses him of appeasement  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama accused President Bush on Thursday of launching a “false political attack” with a comment about appeasing terrorists and radicals.  —  The Illinois senator interpreted the remark …
Discussion: American Street
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Bush's Remarks in Israel Rile Obama
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   George W. Bush Reaches New Political Low
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
State Supreme Court says same-sex couples have right to marry  —  (05-15) 10:24 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry in California, the state Supreme Court said today in a historic ruling that could be repudiated by the voters in November.
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   The Key Points  —  Two early passages in the California decision stand out.
Bill Mears / CNN:
California ban on same-sex marriage struck down
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Must Stand for Something  —  Tuesday's election results highlighted challenges for both Democrats and Republicans.  —  Republicans received a hard shot in Mississippi.  Greg Davis (for whom I campaigned and who was a well-qualified candidate) narrowly lost a special congressional election …
Strange Bedfellows:
McDermott endorses Obama  —  Rep. Jim McDermott on Thursday became the fourth U.S. House member from Washington to endorse Barack Obama for president.  —  The Seattle Congressman told the P-I's Joel Connelly that Obama is his pick because “I am confident as president he will end the war in Iraq and bring our sons and daughters home.”
Discussion: 2008 Democratic …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
CWA President, A Super-Delegate, Will Endorse Obama
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
The Politico:
Six ways the GOP can save itself  —  Things are so ugly for the members of the GOP right now, it's worth pondering their political mortality: Put bluntly, can this party be saved?  —  We talked to some of the smartest minds in Republican politics, and their prognosis is pretty grim.
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
McCain Lays Out “Hope” Timetable For Iraq  —  Later today, John McCain will deliver a notable speech in the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  Here is his conceit: “It is important that the candidates who seek to lead the country after the Bush Administration define their objectives …
Bob Beckel / Real Clear Politics:
If Clinton Wants VP, Obama Can't Stop Her  —  Does Hillary Clinton want to be the Democrats vice presidential candidate?  Probably.  Could she get on the ticket by dropping out before the last states vote on June 3rd?  Definitely not.  Does Barack Obama want her on the ticket?  Absolutely not.
Michelle Malkin:
The problem with McCain's Big Vision Thing speech; Update: “I will ask Democrats to serve in my administration;” “Illegal immigration has been finally brought under control” (hahaha)  —  You'll have to forgive me for not getting all worked up about John McCain's BVT (Big Vision Thing) speech this morning in Columbus, Ohio.
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
A Column's 45 Years  —  On May 15, 1963, Rowland Evans and I published our first column.  That makes today the 45th anniversary (the first 30 years under the Evans & Novak byline) of the nation's current longest-running syndicated political column.  —  Until his death Feb. 27 …
King David Hotel / White House:
Press Gaggle by Dana Perino  —  MS. PERINO: I thought I'd just stop by quickly, before tonight's activities.  I would say the President had a really fantastic time at Masada today.  The guides there were enthusiastic and so well informed and they were able to talk about the history …
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Tennessee GOP Declares Open Season on Michelle Obama
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democratic Media Group Ditches Ad Effort
Washington Post / The Trail:
NARAL Affiliates Question Obama Endorsement
Associated Press:
NH Edwards delegate announces he's supporting Obama
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