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9:55 AM ET, May 16, 2008


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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
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.
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
California Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban  —  The California Supreme Court, striking down two state laws that had limited marriages to unions between a man and a woman, ruled on Thursday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.  —  The 4-to-3 decision …
Ian Urbina / New York Times:   West Virginia's Top Judge Loses His Re-election Bid
Saira Anees / Political Punch:
Women Threaten Obama Boycott  —  FROM GUEST-BLOGGER RICK KLEIN, OF ABC'S THE NOTE  —  I've posted a few times in the last two days about female supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton who are angry — at the Democratic Party, at the Obama campaign, or at the general situation that sees …
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
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
John Edwards / CNN:
Eight Edwards delegates now moving to Obama
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 …
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 …
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.
Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Official Urged Fewer Diagnoses of PTSD  —  A psychologist who helps lead the post-traumatic stress disorder program at a medical facility for veterans in Texas told staff members to refrain from diagnosing PTSD because so many veterans were seeking government disability payments for the condition.
New York Times:
In the South, a Force to Challenge the G.O.P.  —  NEW ORLEANS — The sharp surge in black turnout that Senator Barack Obama has helped to generate in recent primaries and Congressional races could signal a threat this fall to the longtime Republican dominance of the South, according to politicians and voting experts.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain Vision Has Most G.I.'s Out of Iraq by 2013  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Senator John McCain declared on Thursday that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013 and that the nation would be a functioning democracy with only “spasmodic” episodes of violence.
Discussion: Liberal Values and MoJoBlog
Gary Hart / The Huffington Post:
John McCain and al Qaeda
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Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Obama's Flag Pin Flip-Flop?
Discussion: Althouse and Southern Beale
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's sniper tale? When he stood up to Detroit's ‘cold’ shoulder
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Big Pro-Hillary Independent Group Will Spend Up To $500,000 On Ad In Oregon
Discussion: Ali Eteraz
Obama Touts Faith Before KY Primary
Discussion: Fox News
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Arkansas Presidential Election
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Thanks For Boning, Ma And Pop!
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Daddy Types
 Earlier Items: 
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
The Worst Republican Senator
Discussion: The Corner
Agence France Presse:
Bin Laden to release speech for Israel anniversary: reports
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Re: The Obama Campaign Goes Completely Insane
Discussion: The Belmont Club
The Hill:
GOP leaders tout policies as they mull NRCC changes
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Senate panel adds immigration measure to Iraq supplemental
Discussion: VetVoice and The Corner
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Israel's Response to the Speech
Discussion: Macsmind and Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton defends Obama from Bush