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1:15 AM ET, May 17, 2008


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Huckabee jokes about Obama ducking a gunman  —  (CNN) - During a speech before the National Rifle Association convention Friday afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee — who has endorsed presumptive GOP nominee John McCain …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Huckabee jokes at NRA conference about someone trying to shoot Obama; Update: Painfully awkward video added; Update: Huckabee apologizes  —  Stupid, and doubtless to receive plenty of attention since it's useful to so many groups.  The left will use it as a Larger Truth about the NRA …
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Huckabee Jokes About Obama Getting Shot At
Discussion: American Spectator
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 …
New Yorker:
Discussion: Daily Kos
James P. Rubin / The Huffington Post:
Talking with Our Enemies: McCain Should Admit The Truth and Stop …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Response To Bush McCain “Appeasement” Charge Shows Big Changes  —  When Senator Barack Obama responded to President George Bush and presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Senator John McCain's suggestion that he would indulge in the “appeasement” of terrorists, it underscored several lessons …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Knesset Kerfuffle Shows Obama Not Afraid to Engage  —  President George W. Bush's comments at the Israeli Knesset yesterday, in which he blasted as “appeasers” anyone who favors talking with rogue states like Iran or radical groups like Hamas, set off a furious back and forth between …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   Bush to raise money for McCain
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 …
Edwards flatly rules out running with Obama  —  (CNN) — Seeing John Edwards and Barack Obama on the same stage earlier this week left political pundits buzzing: Could these two be an unbeatable presidential ticket?  —  They appeared to have natural chemistry — something Edwards …
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Kansas Senate  —  Kansas Senate: Roberts 52% Slattery 40%  —  Before March, the Unites States Senate election in Kansas was a shoe-in for Republican incumbent Pat Roberts.  At that point there was no viable Democratic candidate in the race and the state has not elected a Democratic senator since 1932.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
A Blogger Call With Hillary Clinton: It's the Map Not the Math  —  Update: Taylor Marsh has posted the audio of the call here.  —  We had a great blogger call with a very hoarse Hillary Clinton today.  It was just for bloggers so she could thank us for our support.  —  She is staying in the race.
Kavita Kumar / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Hundreds turn back on Schlafly at ceremony  —  ST. LOUIS — Some felt the silent protest with white armbands and the dramatic turning of backs was disrespectful.  —  But those who took part said it was a fitting way to show their disapproval that Washington University was honoring …
New York Magazine:
Republican Consultant Alex Castellanos: Obama Has 60 Percent Odds of Winning  —  Castellanos at Harvard on March 5.Photo: Darren McCollester/Getty Images  —  The Republican media consultant Alex Castellanos has been called the father of the modern political attack ad …
Laura Egerdal / Missourians for Fair Elections:
Victory for all voters — PRESS RELEASE  —  Contact: Laura Egerdal, Missourians for Fair Elections, 314-363-5571  —  Julie Terbrock, Missourians for Fair Elections, 314-660-3843  —  Proposed Photo ID Legislation Failed … JEFFERSON CITY, MO - In a victory for all voters …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and AMERICAblog
City Journal:
The Real Iraq  —  Moment of Truth in Iraq, by Michael Yon (Richard Vigilante Books, 227 pp., $29.95)  —  Iraq is where ideologies go to die.  Arab nationalism, Baathism, anti-Americanism, al-Qaidism, Donald Rumsfeldism, and Moqtada al-Sadrism have either died there or are dying.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Responds: Americans Have “Every Reason To Doubt” Whether Obama Can Keep Us Safe  —  Here's the response from McCain spokesperson Tucker Bounds to Obama's speech hitting McCain and Bush on foreign policy today: … You know, I wasn't aware that Obama had ever indicated that he thinks “we don't have enemies.”
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Greg Moran / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Financier who laundered money for Cunningham sentenced
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Tales Of The Tape  —  Andrew Malcolm of the L.A. Times writes …
New York Times:
U.S. Planning Big New Prison in Afghanistan
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Rep Tom Davis Uses Term “Tar Baby” In GOP Memo
Bruce Ramsey / Ed cetera:
Bush, and His Use of “Appeasement”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Fuller Rubin  —  The McCain campaign triumphantly sends …
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Media Disgrace America, Israel and Themselves
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Media Blog
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Can't Slip One Past The Times
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Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
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Discussion: Election Law
Marc Ambinder:
Rove Belittles Obama At NRA Convo
Discussion: The Page and Salon
Ari Melber / The Huffington Post:
Web Journalist Says Web is Destroying Journalism
Discussion: The Other McCain and Romenesko
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews Eviscerates Right-Wing Host Kevin James Over Obama …
Paul Maslin / Salon:
How will Barack Obama get to 270?
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Flirting With Disaster