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12:35 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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 …
New York Times:
Republican Election Losses Stir Fall Fears  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican defeat in a special Congressional contest in Mississippi sent waves of apprehension across an already troubled party Wednesday, with some senior Republicans urging Congressional candidates to distance themselves …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
A Victory Plan for Hillary  —  Hillary Clinton scored a whopping victory in West Virginia.  Trounced Barack Obama, who is consistently described as the inevitable presidential nominee.  —  Hard to know exactly what to do with this information.  —  Ever since the North Carolina primary …
Discussion: Political Perceptions
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog and Hot Air
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Alarm bells for House GOP  —  They said the first was an outlier.  The second, a fluke.  But after losing their third seat this year in a special election, House Republicans faced the possibility on Wednesday that if they don't repair their image with voters, they could be in for another rough November.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Agitated?  Irritable?  Hostile?  Aggressive?  Impulsive?  Restless?  —  House Republicans may be heading off a cliff in November, but give them credit for perseverance.  Even after the new slogan they floated — “The Change You Deserve” — was discovered to be trademarked ad copy …
The Politico:
GOP cancer: Party could lose 20 more seats  —  For the past 18 months, ever since the 2006 elections, congressional Republicans have been like a hospital patient trying to convince visitors that he is not really all that sick: a bit under the weather; actually feel better than I sound; should be up and about any day; thanks for asking.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Breaking News: McCain sees Iraq combat over, U.S. troops home before 2013  —  In a speech he's about to give shortly at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio, Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will for the first time talk about a specific date …
Washington Post / The Trail:
NARAL Affiliates Question Obama Endorsement  —  NARAL Pro-Choice America affiliates in key swing and primary states are openly distancing themselves from the decision by NARAL Pro-Choice America to endorse Illinois Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to be the Democratic nominee for president.
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Salon
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton's 11th-hour push
New York Times:
John Edwards Endorses Barack Obama
Associated Press:
NH Edwards delegate announces he's supporting Obama  —  PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—A New Hampshire Democratic Party delegate who had supported John Edwards says he will support Barack Obama, now that Edwards has endorsed his former political rival for the party's presidential nominee.
Brad Wilmouth /
Olbermann Accuses Bush of ‘Murderous Deceit,’ Should ‘Shut the Hell Up’  —  On Wednesday's Countdown, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann's latest “Special Comment” attack on President Bush accused the President of “panoramic and murderous deceit,” and of “creating” an America that …
Cinque Henderson / The New Republic:
Maybe We Can't  —  The black case for Obama-skepticism.  —  Ninety percent of black Democrats support Barack Obama.  So that might leave an observer wondering: What the hell is up with that other 10 percent?  Are they stupid?  Do they hate their own race?  Do they not understand the historical import of the moment?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Joe Galloway blasts Pentagon and Larry Di Rita on “military analyst” claims  —  Joe Galloway, now a military columnist for McClatchy, is one of the nation's most accomplished war reporters.  He was in Vietnam for years reporting on the war for UPI, and was the only civilian awarded …
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