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10:50 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:
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
As Clinton chances wane, old slights come due  —  Some prominent Democrats recall past grievances  —  WASHINGTON - When Democratic superdelegate Jim Cooper, a Tennessee congressman, pondered the choice between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, his thoughts wandered back to 1993.
Libby Spencer /
Better messaging please  —  Man, I really don't want to step into this but it just really bothers me.  Yes, the blatant sexism in this Youtube is horrible.  It's unfair, but so is the central message the video seems to be conveying, at least to me.  —  I'm hearing that I should be blaming Obama for not solving sexism.
Clinton: ‘Think about this as a hiring decision’  —  (CNN) — Despite Sen. Barack Obama's commanding lead in the delegate count, Sen. Hillary Clinton campaigned hard Sunday, telling voters she's “running for the toughest job in the world.”  —  Clinton spent her weekend in Kentucky, which …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
And The Democratic Primary Campaign Battle Goes On (UPDATED)
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
75,000 ATTEND OBAMA RALLY IN PORTLAND  —  From NBC's Mark Hudspeth  —  Per the Obama campaign, 75,000 people (60,000 in the gates and 15,000 outside of them) turned out in Portland to hear Obama speak there this afternoon — making it the largest Obama crowd to date.
Larry Rohter / The Caucus:
Obama Draws Record Crowd in Oregon  —  An estimated 75,000 gathered on the banks of the Willamette River in Portland on Sunday to see Barack Obama.  —  “Wow!  Wow!  Wow!” were his first words, as he surveyed the multitude, which included people in kayaks and small pleasure craft on the river.
Discussion: Group News Blog
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.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Annoyed at lobbyist issue, McCain camp plays Ayers card  —  Aggravated over persistent questions surrounding their new policy on lobbyists working for the campaign, Team McCain sought to change the topic tonight by raising Barack Obama's ties to a 60s-era radical.
Matthew Yglesias:
Real Americans and Lobbying
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
U.S. General Apologizes for Desecration of Koran  —  BAGHDAD — The commander of United States troops in Baghdad asked local leaders and tribal sheiks this weekend for their forgiveness after the discovery that a soldier had used a Koran for target practice at a shooting range.
Discussion: abu muqawama and Roger Ailes
U.S. soldier uses Quran for target practice; military apologizes  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A soldier used the Quran — Islam's holy book — for target practice, forcing the chief U.S. commander in Baghdad to issue a formal apology on Saturday.  —  Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond …
May 18: Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), political roundtable  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday, John Edwards endorses Barack Obama after Hillary Clinton's landslide victory in West Virginia.  The next battle for the Democrats: Tuesday in Oregon and Kentucky.  John McCain outlines his priorities for a first term.
Discussion: Shakesville and Top of the Ticket
White House:
President Bush Attends World Economic Forum  —  Sharm el Sheikh International Congress Center  —  THE PRESIDENT: Klaus, thank you very much.  Thanks for inviting me.  Klaus said, it's about time you showed up.  Proud to be here.  Laura and I are so honored that, Klaus, you gave us a chance to come.
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:   Bush Lectures Arab World on Political Reform, Women's Rights
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
The Middle East in the Year 2068? Some Presidential Prognostications
Discussion: Commentary and The Impolitic
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama To Spend Tues.  Night in Iowa, Possibly Will Claim Victory  —  Barack Obama will return to Iowa Tuesday night.  The New York Times says it may be to “claim victory” and declare himself the Democratic nominee.  His campaign views winning a majority of 2025 pledged and unpledged delegates victory.
Discussion: Denver Post, NO QUARTER and Corrente
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Shoot the messenger  —  You may recall, from early last year, a riveting documentary from the British TV network Channel 4.  Undercover Mosque showed preachers at some of the most “moderate” mosques in Britain urging their congregants to beat their wives, toss homosexuals off cliffs, etc.
Lisa Stone / BlogHer:
BlogHer EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama answers policy questions from women who blog (Video)  —  Sen. Barack Obama sat down with BlogHer today to answer key policy questions developed by this community of bloggers for 2008 presidential candidates.  —  In an exclusive on-camera interview with BlogHer …
Discussion: Bang the Drum
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New York Times:
Chasing Utopia, Family Imagines No Possessions
Discussion: Shakesville
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
California's Gift to McCain?
Steven Zeitchik / Hollywood Reporter:
MGM: two up for remake treatment
Steve Boriss / Pajamas Media:
Is the Associated Press Good for America?
Dick Morris / Washington Post:
Obama Has the Upper Hand. But McCain Can Still Take Him.
Dave Hogan / Oregonian:
Big primary puts spotlight on Oregon's mail-in vote
Discussion: The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Schwarzenegger calls for ‘rebranding’ GOP
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Mike Huckabee thought McCain's ‘bomb, bomb, bomb Iran’ song was funny.
Discussion: The Trail
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
SNL Weekend Update: John McCain Give Advice To Democrats
Clarence Page / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Culture War

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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

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