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1:40 PM ET, May 18, 2008


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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
She Just Might Be President Someday  —  If not her, who?  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton may or may not become the first female president of the United States, but if fate and voters deny her the role, another woman will surely see if the mantle fits.  —  That woman will come from the South, or west of the Mississippi.
CBS News:
Bush An “Appeaser,” Says Egyptian Press  —  Critics Raise Questions About Credibility Of U.S. Role In Middle East  —  (CBS/AP) Egypt's state-owned press opened fire Saturday on U.S. President George W. Bush as he arrived for talks with regional leaders at the conclusion of a five-day Mideast tour.
Mark Kukis / Time:
Pelosi Gets Quiet Reaction in Iraq  —  The arrival of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who came to Baghdad on Saturday with a congressional delegation, set off a now-familiar cycle of reaction in the Iraqi capital.  First there was buzz around the city about flight delays from Baghdad International Airport …
Deacon / Power Line:
SPEAKER PELOSI ENCOUNTERS REALITY AND NOTICES IT  —  Buried deep in this AP report, between news of a crackdown on al Qaeda in Mosul and a suicide bombing in Baqouba, is Nancy Pelosi's concession that the surge is succeeding.  According to AP, the Speaker, who made a surprise visit to Iraq …
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
California chief justice says same-sex marriage ruling was one of his toughest  —  Ronald M. George, a moderate Republican who voted with the majority, likens the case to civil rights battles.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the days leading up to the California Supreme Court's historic same-sex …
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Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Celebration, then strategizing in Calif.
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
Obama to Return to Iowa, Possibly to Claim Victory  —  Senator Barack Obama has chosen to spend Tuesday night not in Kentucky or Oregon, the two states that will be holding their primaries that day, or even at his home in Chicago.  Instead, Mr. Obama's staff announced on Saturday …
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Obama: Bush, McCain Should ‘Explain Why They Have a Problem With JFK’  —  ABC News Sunlen Miller reports: Sen. Barack Obama went one step further today in his pushback against presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and President Bush on appeasement, suggesting that both Republicans …
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Mccain vs. Lobbyists  —  Stung by the news that two aides once lobbied for the Burmese junta, John McCain last week rolled out a sweeping new conflict-of-interest policy for his campaign, requiring all staffers to fill out questionnaires identifying past or current clients that “could be embarrassing for the senator.”
J. Peter Scoblic / Los Angeles Times:
Negotiating isn't appeasement  —  Bush, McCain and other conservatives are on the wrong side of history when they dismiss Obama's foreign policy.  —  In a speech to the Israeli parliament Thursday, President Bush took a swipe at Barack Obama for his willingness to negotiate with evil regimes.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
SNL Weekend Update: John McCain Give Advice To Democrats  —  John McCain appeared on SNL's Weekend Update to give a little advice to the Democratic voters out there.  —  Download |  Play Download |  Play (h/t Bill W)
Robert D. Novak / Weekly Standard:
Big Bad John  —  Nixon's attorney general deserves his reputation.  —  John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate  —  by James Rosen  —  Doubleday, 640 pp., $35  —  James Rosen, an accomplished television correspondent now with Fox News, is familiar with his trade's practice …
Discussion: Power Line
Clarence Page / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Culture War  —  Former Sen. John Edwards did a large favor for Sen. Barack Obama, but the Illinois senator is not out of the woods yet.  —  The former North Carolina senator's endorsement of Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination blunted Sen. Hillary Clinton's ability …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Limbaugh Burned By The Google: Uses 10th Grader's Essay To Attack Obama  —  It's no secret that the right STILL hasn't figured out how to effectively use the internets, so it comes as no surprise that the Grand Poobah of right wing radio talkies <corrected>, Rush Limbaugh …
Discussion: RADAMISTO
Brandon Paddock / Brandon Live!:   Rush Limbaugh berates 10th grader's school essay
The Poor Man Institute:
The problem  —  Andrew Sullivan cites some worthy reader “dissent”: … Bush = good.  Muslims = evil.  The government is owed our unconditional support.  It is our duty to defeat the false religions.  It's all sensible because I choose to believe it.  I am very brave for saying so.
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