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1:45 PM ET, May 19, 2008


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Imaeyen Ibanga / ABCNEWS:
Obama Warns GOP “Lay Off My Wife”  —  Obama Loses Argument With Wife Over Getting a Dog  —  Sen. Barack Obama ripped into a Republican ad today that targets comments made by his wife, Michelle, and called the GOP tactic “low class” and “detestable.”  —  The Illinois senator told …
Michelle Malkin:
The proud Obamas lash back
Discussion: Macsmind
Mark Halperin / The Page:
More from The Obamas' Interview with “Good Morning America”
Discussion: TalkLeft
William Kristol / New York Times:
McCain Exceptionalism  —  Last Tuesday, Republicans lost another Congressional seat in a special election — their third such defeat in two months.  On Wednesday I received an acerbic e-mail message from a disgusted young G.O.P. loyalist: “I just have to say that Republicans are a dumb party that chooses stupid candidates.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
IN MCCAIN'S COURT … Successful politicians know how to attract attention, and how to avoid it, so it's worth noting that John McCain chose to give his speech about the future of the judiciary on May 6th, a day when the political world was preoccupied with the Democratic primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.
Agence France Presse:
Obama camp spies endgame in Oregon  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — Barack Obama set his sights on November's general election Saturday as he campaigned in Oregon, where he hopes to declare victory in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  Obama has said Tuesday's primaries in Oregon …
Jerry Skurnik / Room Eight blogs:   EDUCATING WILLIAM KRISTOL
Paul J. Nyden / Charleston Gazette:
Byrd endorses Obama for president  —  Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., endorsed Barack Obama for president shortly after noon today, focusing on his hope to end the Iraq War.  —  “As people all across this great nation know, I have been one of the most outspoken opponents of the Bush …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Sen. Robert Byrd endorses Obama  —  The Charleston Gazette reports an endorsement deep with symbolism: West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd is endorsing Barack Obama.  —  “Barack Obama is a noble-hearted patriot and humble Christian, and he has my full faith and support,” Byrd says.
Discussion: The Field
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Feud Fuels Bill O'Reilly's Blasts at GE  —  Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News star, is mounting an extraordinary televised assault on the chief executive of General Electric, calling him a “pinhead” and a “despicable human being” who bears responsibility for the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq.
New York Post:
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Not A Serious Threat  —  This remarkable bit of footage from Barack Obama's appearance in Oregon last night is now floating around on YouTube.  It might be useful as an undergraduate course exam: how many errors can you spot?  Obama apparently believes that Iran and other rogues states …
Hugh Hewitt /
Obama: Making Jimmy Carter Look Tough
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Robertgreenwald / Brave New Films blog:
McCain's YouTube Problem Just Became a Nightmare  —  There's no question John McCain is getting a free ride from the mainstream press.  But with the power of YouTube and the blogosphere, we can provide an accurate portrayal of the so-called Maverick.  We can put the brakes on his free ride!
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Keeping Secrets: In Presidential Memo, A New Designation for Classifying Information  —  Sometime in the next few years, if a memorandum signed by President Bush this month ever goes into effect, one government official talking to another about information on terrorists will have to begin by saying …
The Trail:
Record Obama Crowd, the Size of a City  —  Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) speaks to people at Waterfront Park in Portland, Ore., May 18, 2008.  (Associated Press)  —  By Matthew Mosk  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Sen. Barack Obama has seen his share of large crowds …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain says Obama downplays Iran threat  —  Obama yesterday did a version of his line referring to the enemies he'd meet as “tin-pot dictators,” pointing out (uncontroversially) that “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela - these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
McCain Hits Obama
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Stranded in Suburbia  —  I have seen the future, and it works.  —  O.K., I know that these days you're supposed to see the future in China or India, not in the heart of “old Europe.”  —  But we're living in a world in which oil prices keep setting records, in which the idea …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
The GOP at the Trough  —  Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, 38 and having served less than five terms, did not leap over a dozen of his seniors to become the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee by bashing GOP leaders.  But an angry Ryan delivered unscripted remarks on the House floor …
Discussion: The Corner, Hot Air and Reason Magazine
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama: No victory declaration Tuesday  —  MILWAUKIE, Ore. - Concerned about appearing presumptuous or antagonistic towards Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama will not declare victory in the Democratic nomination fight Tuesday in the event he wins enough pledged delegates to claim a majority.
PR Newswire:
Polls: Clinton Solid in Kentucky; Oregon is Obama's in Tight Race  —  Two States Worlds Apart on Obama Popularity  —  Two states.  Two Democratic Primaries on the same night.  And the differences in the contests are like night and day, according to a Suffolk University poll.
Neela Banerjee / New York Times:
Dancing the Night Away, With a Higher Purpose  —  COLORADO SPRINGS — In their floor-length gowns, up-dos and tiaras, the 70 or so young women swept past two harpists and into a gilt-and-brocade dining room at the lavish Broadmoor Hotel, on the arms of their much older male companions.
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Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Joe Lieberman: Absolutely Brilliant
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Is A Funny Thing Happening On the Way To Obama's Coronation?
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Washington Wire:
McCain Rails Against Farm Subsidies, Nafta Opponents
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Al Gore Hosting Major Fundraising Event For DNC Uniting Clinton And Obama Donors
Kevin Phillips / Washington Post:
The Old Titans All Collapsed. Is the U.S. Next?
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Elizabeth Edwards: Not backing Hillary
Discussion: Oregonian, The Trail and Salon
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Clean Hands, Empty Record
Jonathan P. Hicks / New York Times:
Signs Fossella May Run Again Unnerve G.O.P.
Bryan Bissell / Politicker WA:
Superdelegate Pelz to back Obama
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Elaine McArdle / Boston Globe:
The freedom to say ‘no’  —  Why aren't there more women in science and engineering?
John R. Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
Bring On the Foreign Policy Debate
William Bradley / The Huffington Post:
Obama And Clinton's California Kumbaya

From Mediagazer:

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

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

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