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4:15 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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Macsmind
Mark Halperin / The Page:
More from The Obamas' Interview with “Good Morning America”
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Confluence
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 …
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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
Obama: Making Jimmy Carter Look Tough
Discussion: The Daily Dish and PrestoPundit
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Iran not a “serious threat”?
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Sister Toldjah
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 …
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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.
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 …
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John M. Broder / The Caucus:
Clinton: ‘This Is Nowhere Near Over’
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.
Gallup:
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: Real Clear Politics
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.
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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 …
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Patrick Deneen / What I Saw in America:
No Prob  —  A person named Jim Manzi over at NRO's The Corner …
Discussion: Crunchy Con
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 …
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Jerry Skurnik / Room Eight blogs:
EDUCATING WILLIAM KRISTOL
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Wonkette
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Joe Lieberman: Absolutely Brilliant  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman gave a brilliant speech last night at Commentary magazine's annual dinner at the University Club in New York.  It was one hell of a great talk.  Joe Lieberman was incredibly impressive.  Absolutely brilliant.
Discussion: Hot Air and Blogs of War
 
 
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Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
SHOULD OBAMA DELCARE VICTORY?
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
Ding! Round one goes to the dove with the dodgy name
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Lehrer Says ‘News Hour’ Money Woes Are Worst Ever
Discussion: Media Blog and FishBowlDC
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Hanford?  —  One casualty of the long primary: The kind …
Discussion: Slog
Agence France Presse:
US billionaire Buffett backs Obama for president
Chris Bowman / Sacramento Bee:
Analysis: Bush team battered by courts on environment
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Et tu, Geraldine?
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Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Taxpayers' bill leaps by trillions
Brian Kalish / USA Today:
GOP exits to cost party millions
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Is A Funny Thing Happening On the Way To Obama's Coronation?
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Al Gore Hosting Major Fundraising Event For DNC Uniting Clinton And Obama Donors
Discussion: The Nation
Kevin Phillips / Washington Post:
The Old Titans All Collapsed. Is the U.S. Next?
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
The GOP at the Trough  —  Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin …
Jonathan P. Hicks / New York Times:
Signs Fossella May Run Again Unnerve G.O.P.