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12:45 PM ET, May 19, 2008


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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 …
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
John McCain and Barack Obama: Two visions of the Supreme Court
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.
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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 …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and Redstate
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   McCain says Obama downplays Iran threat
Hugh Hewitt /
Obama: Making Jimmy Carter Look Tough
Discussion: PrestoPundit
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Elizabeth Edwards: Not backing Hillary
Discussion: Salon
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Clinton closing in Oregon polls
Discussion: The Corner
Edward Walsh / Oregonian:
Bill Clinton urges Oregon ‘make your voices heard’
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Trail and The Page
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Draws Record Crowd Of 75,000 In Portland (SLIDESHOW)
Discussion: The Caucus and Political Machine
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 …
Elaine McArdle / Boston Globe:
The freedom to say ‘no’  —  Why aren't there more women in science and engineering?  Controversial new research suggests: They just aren't interested.  —  WHEN IT COMES to the huge and persistent gender gap in science and technology jobs, the finger of blame has pointed in many directions …
Matthew Yglesias:
Sexism in Science and Engineering
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
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.
Jonathan P. Hicks / New York Times:
Signs Fossella May Run Again Unnerve G.O.P.  —  There has been nothing but silence coming from the embattled Staten Island congressman, Vito J. Fossella, regarding his plans to run for re-election this year.  And that uncertainty has caused waves of concern not only among Republicans in New York City, but in Washington as well.
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 …
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.
William Bradley / The Huffington Post:
Obama And Clinton's California Kumbaya  —  For those on the far right hoping for blood in the streets of Denver, Sunday's meeting of the California delegation to the Democatic National Convention was very bad news.  Because of its size, California is sending even more Hillary Clinton delegates …
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Ross Douthat:
Religion, Happiness and Socialism
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Bill W. / Crooks and Liars:
Oliver North, Fox News' Appeasing & Emboldening Revisionistorian
Kenneth Tan / Shanghaiist:
Online implications for the three days of national mourning …
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama Shifts to Countering Republican Attacks on His Patriotism
Discussion: TownHall Blog and MSNBC
Kevin Phillips / Washington Post:
The Old Titans All Collapsed. Is the U.S. Next?
William Yardley / New York Times:
A Shift in Voters, but Oregon Still Embraces the Unconventional
Discussion: marbury
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Clean Hands, Empty Record
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David Barboza / New York Times:
158 Relief Workers in China Are Killed by Landslides
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Is Israel breaking its own taboo on talks with Hamas?
Bryan Bissell / Politicker WA:
Superdelegate Pelz to back Obama
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
John R. Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
Bring On the Foreign Policy Debate
Michael S. Malone / Wall Street Journal:
The Next American Frontier
Discussion: EconLog