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11:45 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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Michelle Obama takes heat from Tennessee GOP  —  The four-minute video coincides with a visit to the state by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's wife for a Democratic Party event Thursday evening.  —  It features several Tennesseans saying why they are proud of American …
Discussion: Southern Beale and KnoxViews
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 …
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:   Democrats accuse McCain of hypocrisy on Hamas
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Bench Memos
Los Angeles Times:
Same-sex marriage ruling adds a volatile new issue to the presidential race
Associated Press:
Gay marriage back as a campaign issue
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michelle Malkin:
McCain reaches out to blogs...on the left  —  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 to ask them because I haven't been one of the privileged few conservative bloggers allowed …
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.
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.
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.
WHAS-TV:   Secret Service: No guns allowed at NRA event with John McCain
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
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?
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.
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