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7:35 PM ET, May 19, 2008


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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 …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Responds To McCain: “Strong” Presidents Aren't Afraid To Meet With Enemies  —  Barack Obama, in Montana, responded moments ago to McCain's ridicule of the Illinois Senator for saying that Iran is a minuscule threat compared to the former Soviet Union.  —  McCain said this revealed Obama's “inexperience and reckless judgment.”
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Iran not a “serious threat”?
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Israel Matzav
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
McCain and Obama Trade Barbs on Iran
Discussion: The Raw Story and Salon
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Top Hillarylander mulls Obama job  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's former campaign manager and confidante, Patti Solis Doyle, and Sen. Barack Obama's top adviser have informally discussed the former Clintonite's going to work for the Obama campaign in the general election.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
As Time Runs Short, Clinton Claims Lead in Popular Vote  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is entering the Kentucky and Oregon primaries on Tuesday with one of the most pugnacious political messages of her campaign: That she is ahead in the national popular vote when all votes are counted …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Obama to reach delegate milestone Tuesday
John M. Broder / The Caucus:
Clinton: ‘This Is Nowhere Near Over’
Discussion: The New Republic
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  —  You know what I have to say about Barack Obama calling the Tennessee GOP “low-class” and “unacceptable” on Good Morning America because of its ad answering Michelle Obama's lack of pride in her country?  —  Barack, sweetie, your conversation …
The Huffington Post:
Superdelegates Turned Down $1 Million Offer From Clinton Donor  —  One of Sen. Hillary Clinton's top financial supporters offered $1 million to the Young Democrats of America during a phone conversation in which he also pressed for the organization's two uncommitted superdelegates to endorse …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Sen. Robert Byrd endorses Obama
Matt / Think Progress:
Kristol's Third Strike: Weekly Standard Editor Gets The Facts Wrong In His New York Times Column  —  In his New York Times column today, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol tried to find reasons for conservatives to be optimistic about 2008 elections, despite the claims of some Republicans that …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Saira Anees / Political Punch:
Rove's Latest Electoral Maps Have Clinton Stronger Than Obama Against McCain  —  Electoral maps put together by the consulting firm helmed by Karl Rove, and obtained by ABC News, show Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, to be a stronger general election candidate in a hypothetical general election match …
Agence France Presse:
US billionaire Buffett backs Obama for president  —  Buffett told a press conference here Monday he had offered support to both Obama and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton but that since it appeared Obama would win the party's nomination, “I will be very happy if he is elected president.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Ferraro suggests she may not vote for Obama  —  (CNN) — Geraldine Ferraro, the outspoken former Democratic vice presidential candidate and a supporter of Hillary Clinton's White House bid, told the New York Times she may not vote for Barack Obama should he be the party's nominee.
Gallup Daily: Obama Opens Up 16-Point Lead, Biggest Yet  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking finds Barack Obama with his largest advantage over Hillary Clinton in Democratic voters' nomination preferences thus far, 55% to 39%.  —  Obama's previous largest lead was 11 percentage points, in May 15-17 and April 12-14 polling.
Discussion: Wonkette
George Packer / New Yorker:
THE FALL OF CONSERVATISM  —  Have the Republicans run out of ideas? … The era of American politics that has been dying before our eyes was born in 1966.  That January, a twenty-seven-year-old editorial writer for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat named Patrick Buchanan went to work for Richard Nixon …
Jim Sullinger / Kansas City Star:
Sebelius vetoes bill requiring voters to show photo ID  —  The measure — HB 2019 — was similar to a measure she threatened to veto during last year's legislative session.  Last year's measure failed, but this year's version passed through the efforts of the Republican majorities in the House and Senate.
Marc Ambinder:
Update From The Barr Campaign  —  Russ Verney, Ex-Rep. Bob Barr's presidential campaign manager, has issued his first strategy memorandum-cum-fundraising appeal; in it, he compares his candidate to Ross Perot and hints that Ron Paul might have made something of himself if only he...
Discussion: TownHall Blog and The Other McCain
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Mike Lux / Open Left:
The White Working Class
Discussion: TalkLeft
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Leading General Tells Troops to Start Blogging
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama eyes media with promise of antitrust push
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
White House takes swipe at NBC News
Marc Ambinder:
Guilt-By-Association Update: The Optics
Matthew Yglesias:
Dear Urban Land Company
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
Ding! Round one goes to the dove with the dodgy name
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Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Lehrer Says ‘News Hour’ Money Woes Are Worst Ever
Discussion: FishBowlDC
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The Local  —  The Teamsters in Chicago are continually linked …
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Joe Lieberman: Absolutely Brilliant
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Is A Funny Thing Happening On the Way To Obama's Coronation?
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Robertgreenwald / Brave New Films blog:
McCain's YouTube Problem Just Became a Nightmare
Neela Banerjee / New York Times:
Dancing the Night Away, With a Higher Purpose
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Stranded in Suburbia  —  I have seen the future, and it works.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Feud Fuels Bill O'Reilly's Blasts at GE