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10:40 AM 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.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Michelle Obama takes heat from Tennessee GOP
Discussion: Southern Beale and KnoxViews
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
GOP can't rely on money advantage now
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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Exclusive Video: McCain Was For Talking To Hamas Before He Was Against It...  Rubin has written an op-ed in Friday's Washington Post about his exchange with McCain, and The Huffington Post has obtained exclusive video.  Here's the key excerpt: … Watch the video:  —  Video courtesy of Sky News
Associated Press:
Gay marriage back as a campaign issue  —  Yesterday's California Supreme Court decision striking down a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage reintroduces a hot-button social issue into the presidential campaign.  —  Republicans used same-sex marriage to great political effect in 2004 …
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Ian Urbina / New York Times:   West Virginia's Top Judge Loses His Re-election Bid
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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.
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Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Edwards Back in the Spotlight Again  —  On his way into an award ceremony in New York City on Thursday, John Edwards took a few questions from reporters about his endorsement of Senator Barack Obama the day before.  —  Mr. Edwards, the one-time contender for the 2008 Democratic nomination …
Discussion: The Page
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: michellemalkin.com
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.
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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?
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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.
Discussion: On Deadline, Don Surber and Truthdig
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 …
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.
Emily Freifeld / Channel '08:
Should Obama Clarify Comments on Detroit Speech?  —  Sen. Barack Obama may have to retract a claim he made at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Indianapolis on May 8.  —  In the 30-minute speech, Obama discussed the usual “challenges facing people across Indiana and all across this country …
 
 
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