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3:30 PM ET, May 18, 2008


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Blake Fleetwood / The Huffington Post:
Powerful Video of Ugly Sexist Vilification of Hillary Clinton  —  Sexism is alive and well in America.  —  One exit poll I saw had almost twice as many voters having trouble voting for a woman for president than voting for a black man.  —  The New York Times had a long piece about a future woman president today, Kate Zernike writes:
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.
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.”
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Another top McCain official resigns  —  Former Rep. Thomas G. Loeffler, a Texan who is among the McCain campaign's most important advisers and fundraisers, has resigned as a national co-chair over lobbying entanglements, a Republican source told Politico on Sunday.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and RADAMISTO
Marc Ambinder:
Charlie Black On His Lobbying Career
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.
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Celebration, then strategizing in Calif.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Mike Huckabee thought McCain's ‘bomb, bomb, bomb Iran’ song was funny.  —  Tim Russert asked Huckabee about the very dangerous joke he he told about Barack Obama at the NRA dinner in Kentucky.  The one where Obama gets assassinated. … He responds by bringing up Bobby Knight …
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Obama: Bush, McCain Should ‘Explain Why They Have a Problem With JFK’
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 …
Ali / Think Progress:
Webb: Bush Would Be First President In History To Veto Benefits For Vets  —  On NBC's “Meet the Press” this morning, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) discussed his 21st Century GI Bill, which would dramatically expand educational benefits for returning veterans.  President Bush, however, has vowed to veto the bill.
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
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 …
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.
Discussion: First Draft and Alternate Brain
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)
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 …
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Dave Hogan / Oregonian:
Big primary puts spotlight on Oregon's mail-in vote
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Schwarzenegger calls for ‘rebranding’ GOP
Robert D. Novak / Weekly Standard:
Big Bad John
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New York Times:
Hezbollah's Actions Ignite Sectarian Fuse in Lebanon
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Ali H. Soufan / Washington Post:
Coddling Terrorists In Yemen
Mark Swanson / Runalong with Pastor Mark:
Totally like whatever … View my complete profile  —  Blog Archive
Discussion: Ed
J. Peter Scoblic / Los Angeles Times:
Negotiating isn't appeasement  —  Bush, McCain and other conservatives …