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3:00 PM ET, May 16, 2008


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on McCain: Hypocrisy and fear-mongering  —  In an appearance in South Dakota just now, Barack Obama came back at yesterday's attacks from George W. Bush and John McCain, accusing them of “hypocrisy, fear-peddling, and fear-mongering.”  —  He responded first to the charge from Bush …
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.”
John McCain / CNN:
Obama: Bush and McCain ‘have a lot to answer for’  —  (CNN) - Barack Obama struck back hard at President Bush and John McCain Friday, accusing them of hypocrisy and of distorting his position on dialogue with nations hostile to the United States, telling a South Dakota crowd that …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain campaign responds: ‘Hysterical diatribe’
Discussion: The New Republic
Naftali Bendavid / The Swamp:   Obama fires back on ‘appeasement’
Paul Bedard / US News:
John McCain Still Backs Closing Gun Show Loophole
James P. Rubin / Washington Post:
Hypocrisy on Hamas
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.
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Flirting With Disaster  —  Republicans are shellshocked over losing a third House seat in a special election this year.  Much as a series of special-election defeats by Democrats in 1994 augured that the first midterm election of the Clinton years would be bad for the party …
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 …
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 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.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The Long Night of an Obama Presidency  —  Reading this piece about the Edwards endorsement of Obama, a cold shiver went down my spine.  As scary as a Deval Patrick appointment as AG would be (I've long thought he would be Obama's likely choice), the suggestion that John Edwards …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
WHAS-TV:   Secret Service: No guns allowed at NRA event with John McCain
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) …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Rebuffed on Oil Plea in Saudi Arabia  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — With the price of oil hitting record highs, President Bush used a private visit to King Abdullah's ranch here Friday to make a second attempt to persuade the Saudi government to increase oil production and was rebuffed yet again.
Justin Kitsch /
DORGAN'S RESOLUTION TO BLOCK FCC'S MEDIA OWNERSHIP RULES APPROVED BY SENATE  —  Senator Byron Dorgan's (D-ND) “Resolution of Disapproval” to stop the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from implementing rules that would result in more media concentration and fewer choices for consumers passed the Senate tonight.
Paul Kiel / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA RESPONDS  —  Update: To McCain, this was a “hysterical diatribe.”
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?
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Invade Burma, Please
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Conservatives and Gay Marriage
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Barack Obama: the new Great Redeemer
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Nedra Pickler / AOL News:
Florida and Michigan Can't Save Clinton
Discussion: TalkLeft
Scot Lehigh / Boston Globe:
Clinton's ‘sexism’ dodge
Discussion: TalkLeft, QandO and The Mahablog
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Perfect timing: Obama's super show-stoppers
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