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12:30 PM ET, May 16, 2008


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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Pity Party  —  Big picture, May 2008:  —  The Democrats aren't the ones falling apart, the Republicans are.  The Democrats can see daylight ahead.  For all their fractious fighting, they're finally resolving their central drama.  Hillary Clinton will leave, and Barack Obama will deliver a stirring acceptance speech.
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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
McCain widens dialogue on blogs  —  Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign is trying to tap a new audience of potential voters by taking his campaign message straight to liberal and nonpolitical issues-based blogs, which reach millions of readers but don't often delve into conservative politics.
Discussion: Political Machine
Michelle Malkin:
McCain reaches out to blogs...on the left; Update: “A new standard for transparency and accountability”  —  Scroll down for updates...  The McCain campaign holds weekly blogger conference calls with its candidate.  There are many questions I know you'd like asked, but I've never been able …
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
SO IF THE REPUBLICANS ARE IN TROUBLE, WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE SO HAPPY?  I'm at the NRA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.  I haven't been to a big gun event in probably a decade, and the change in mood is striking: People are, well . . . not ebullient, really, but noticeably cheerful and confident.
Secret Service: No guns allowed at NRA event with John McCain  —  Tell Us: Are you bothered by the Secret Service banning guns from the NRA event?  —  WHAS11 coverage  —  Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - It's expected to bring some 60,000 people to Louisville and some prominent political figures …
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
What Went Wrong?  —  The exclusive story of Hillary's fall, as told by the high-level advisors, staffers, fundraisers, and on-the-ground organizers who lived it.  —  Endings are rarely as joyous as beginnings—and in the case of a long, wearing, and ultimately disappointing campaign, they can be downright brutal.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's sniper tale?  When he stood up to Detroit's ‘cold’ shoulder  —  Is this another Bosnian sniper incident, where a Democratic candidate for president describes a scene involving some personal courage, but later videotape shows that maybe perhaps it wasn't really quite all like that exactly?
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Perfect timing: Obama's super show-stoppers  —  With her deep party ties, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was supposed to own the superdelegate primary.  —  But in the last two months, it's been the rookie, Democratic rival Barack Obama, who has maximized his superdelegate moments.
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Edwards Back in the Spotlight Again
Discussion: The Page
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Who You Calling Activist?  —  CALIFORNIA'S GAY-MARRIAGE DECISION REFLECTS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JUDICIAL ACTIVISM AND, UM, JUDGING.  —  When it comes to gay marriage, California is a hotbed of activism.  Their activist Legislature has twice passed bills that would legalize gay marriage …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Obama, Bush at Odds Over Media-Ownership Vote  —  Democratic Presidential Candidate Urges House of Representatives to Follow Senate's Lead, Scrap FCC's Media-Ownership-Rule Change  —  The fight over the Federal Communications Commission's Dec. 18 media-ownership vote set up a potential battle between …
Associated Press:
Senate votes to revive ban on media cross-ownership
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
Belittled Woman  —  At some point along the way, Hillary Clinton became “poor Hillary” and it stuck.  —  She went up against a charmer who once made an audience cheer just by blowing his nose (poor Hillary), and she lost states and delegates and she bet on a filly that died (poor Hillary) …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Caucus
David Brooks / New York Times:
Obama Admires Bush  —  Hezbollah is one of the world's most radical terrorist organizations.  Over the last week or so, it has staged an armed assault on the democratic government of Lebanon.  —  Barack Obama issued a statement in response.  He called on “all those who have influence with Hezbollah” to “press them to stand down.”
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Group finds Starbucks logo too hot to handle  —  A Christian group based in San Diego found grounds for outrage over the new retro-style logo.  —  Seems that one person's smut is another person's morning latte.  —  A Christian group based in San Diego found grounds for outrage over the new retro-style logo for Starbucks Coffee.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: BUSH'S GIFT TO OBAMA  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Bush's gift to Obama: When President Bush — thousands of miles away in Israel — decided to fire his thinly veiled shot at Obama yesterday, it was a giant gift to the Illinois senator and his campaign.
Discussion: The New Republic
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
Why I Don't Watch ‘Hardball’ Anymore
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Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Barack Obama: the new Great Redeemer
Discussion: The Corner and Fausta's blog
Bruce Wilson / Talk To Action:
Audio Recording of McCain's Political Endorser John Hagee Preaching …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Matthew Miller / DSCC:
After Schaffer's “Mt. Macaca” Moment, Democrats Send GOP Candidate A Geography Quiz
Matt Kelley / USA Today:
McCain action helped Ariz. land developer
Tommy Oliver /
What About Bob? Not Likely, but He'd Be a Smart Pick
Discussion: No Silence Here
Nedra Pickler / AOL News:
Florida and Michigan Can't Save Clinton
Scot Lehigh / Boston Globe:
Clinton's ‘sexism’ dodge
 Earlier Items: 
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Pakistan Defies U.S. on Halting Afghanistan Raids
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A Disgraceful Farm Bill
Michael Kahn / Reuters:
Obesity contributes to global warming: study
Discussion: protein wisdom and QandO
New York Times:
In the South, a Force to Challenge the G.O.P.
Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Official Urged Fewer Diagnoses of PTSD
Emily Freifeld / Channel '08:
Should Obama Clarify Comments on Detroit Speech?
Associated Press:
Mom indicted in deadly MySpace hoax

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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