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8:10 AM ET, May 16, 2008


 Top Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TOO HARD A BALL  —  Right-Wing Radio yakker crashes and burns like the Hindenburg while trying to talk about appeasement ...
Ali / Think Progress:
Chris Matthews Stumps Right-Wing Radio Host: ‘Tell Me What Chamberlain Did?’  'I Don't Know'  —  On MSNBC's Hardball tonight, right-wing radio host Kevin James attempted to defend President Bush's comments comparing Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) to Nazi appeasers because he favors talking with our enemies.
Mark Finkelstein /
Matthews Rips Guest For Ignorance of History, Then Claims Cole Attack Happened Under Bush  —  A Hardball epic . . .  Message to Chris Matthews: when ripping a guest for his lack of historical knowledge, try to avoid making a history mistake of your own in the same segment.  —  It happened on this afternoon's Hardball.
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Discussion: MyDD, HorsesAss.Org and AMERICAblog
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
California's marriage ruling — what it means and what it doesn't mean
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.
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Campaign To Re-Vet Entire Staff  —  After a series of disclosures forced the resignation of two McCain campaign aides with ties to unsavory regimes, the campaign has decided to scrutinize the background of the entire staff to ferret out connections to lobbyists.
Discussion: The Page, Oliver Willis, The RBC and MyDD
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.
Discussion: New York Times and Vox Popoli
The Hill:
GOP leaders tout policies as they mull NRCC changes
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Massive Blowback To NARAL's Obama Endorsement
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
House Republicans Collapse on Iraq  —  Today, about 100 House Republicans refused to vote for more war funding, voting ‘present’.  They are trying to hand off the war to the Democrats, but even Democrats were able to increase their ‘no’ vote number on funding from 141 to 149; the bill failed.
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
House fails to pass war funding measure
Discussion: The Swamp and
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Senate panel adds immigration measure to Iraq supplemental
Discussion: VetVoice and The Corner
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton defends Obama from Bush  —  Hillary, today in Rapid City, South Dakota, defended Obama from President Bush's apparent comparison of him to Neville Chamberlain, Ken Vogel reports.  —  She told reporters: … “There is a very clear difference between Democrats and Republicans …
John Edwards / CNN:
Eight Edwards delegates now moving to Obama  —  From CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby, CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson, CNN's Beth Rotatori  —  (CNN) - At least six of John Edwards' pledged delegates in South Carolina will throw their support to Barack Obama following Edwards' endorsement …
Discussion: Donklephant, The Page and rubber hose
Nate /
Among working class whites, Clinton kicked Edwards' ass too
Discussion: MyDD and Obsidian Wings
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 …
RON PAUL AGAINST UNCONDITIONAL MYANMAR LOVE  —  Tuesday night, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) was the only member of the House of Representatives to vote against resolution conveying “condolences and sympathy” to the people in Myanmar affected by deadly Cyclone Nargis.
Discussion: Ali Eteraz
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
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain believes Iraq war can be won by 2013
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Group finds Starbucks logo too hot to handle
Discussion: Don Surber and Truthdig
Emily Freifeld / Channel '08:
Should Obama Clarify Comments on Detroit Speech?
Discussion: The Sideshow
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Big Pro-Hillary Independent Group Will Spend Up To $500,000 On Ad In Oregon
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Keyes Starts New Party
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Obama Touts Faith Before KY Primary
Discussion: Fox News
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Thanks For Boning, Ma And Pop!
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Daddy Types
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
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Discussion: The Corner
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Re: The Obama Campaign Goes Completely Insane
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Israel's Response to the Speech
Discussion: Macsmind and Hot Air
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Conyers: 'We're closing in on Rove'