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1:25 PM ET, May 20, 2008


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Jerusalem Post:
‘Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his term’  —  US President George W. Bush intends to attack Iran in the upcoming months, before the end of his term, Army Radio quoted a senior official in Jerusalem as saying Tuesday.  —  The official claimed that a senior member of the president's entourage …
The Huffington Post:
McCain Confronted With New Iran Gaffe, Gets Facts Wrong Again (VIDEO)  —  Yesterday, Time's Joe Klein noted that he could find no evidence that Sen. Barack Obama had ever specifically said he would negotiate with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: … Later in the day, Klein confronted McCain with this question at a press conference.
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Clinton Puts Up A New Fight  —  The Candidate Confronts Sexism On the Trail and Vows to Battle On  —  Women of all ages and nationalities push against the rope line carrying books and T-shirts, posters and stuffed animals — anything for her to autograph.  They tote huge signs that shout …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton on misogyny  —  Hillary has avoided, for most of the race …
Discussion: The Swamp and Balloon Juice
David Brooks / New York Times:
Talking Versus Doing  —  In 1965, Mancur Olson wrote a classic book called “The Logic of Collective Action,” which pointed out that large, amorphous groups are often less powerful politically than small, organized ones.  He followed it up with “The Rise and Decline of Nations.”
Matthew Yglesias:
Jobs I'd be Willing to Take  —  According to George Packer, David Brooks is pretty perceptive: … I have more thoughts on this matter, but for now the superficial — does this really sound like a plausible reason for David Brooks to have agreed to become a New York Times columnist?
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
KY DISTRICT SAYS ADVANCED MATH IS ONLY FOR GIRLS.  —  Remember those experimental sex-segregated K-12 programs the New York Times Magazine profiled in March?  You know, the ones that rely upon gender stereotypes to educate young public school students?  Yesterday the ACLU filed a lawsuit …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
No Crisis For Boys In Schools, Study Says
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: EVERYONE'S A WINNER  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Everyone's a winner: Much like a children's soccer or Tee Ball game, tonight's contests in Kentucky (which Clinton is expected to win big) and Oregon (ditto for Obama) are going to allow everyone to walk out a winner.
Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Keeps Up Fight As Staff Tensions Rise  —  By MONICA LANGLEY in Bowling Green, Ky., and AMY CHOZICK in Crow Agency, Mont.  —  Heading into twin Democratic primaries Tuesday in Kentucky and Oregon — which the two candidates are expected to split — Sen. Hillary Clinton is vowing …
New York Times:
Report Details Complaints Over Interrogations  —  WASHINGTON — F.B.I. agents complained repeatedly, beginning in 2002, about the harsh interrogation tactics that military and C.I.A. interrogators were using in questioning terrorism suspects, like making them do dog tricks and parade in the nude …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Andy Zajac / The Swamp:
IG: FBI mostly OK on detainee treatment
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Staten Island Advance:
Exclusive: Fossella will not seek re-election  —  In a bombshell announcement that brings the curtain down on one of the most storied careers in Staten Island political history, fifth-term Republican Rep. Vito Fossella will not seek re-election this fall.  —  Mired in scandal after revelations …
New York Post:
Los Angeles Times:
Iraqi security forces begin crackdown on Sadr City  —  U.S. forces were playing no part in the operation to wrest control of the Baghdad district from militiamen loyal to radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr.  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces moved deep into Sadr City today …
New York Post:
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Neptunus Lex
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
John McCain's Rapid-Fire Responders  —  Aides Turn the Media Rebuttal Into a Savvy Campaign Tactic  —  When Newsweek ran a story last week on how John McCain and his allies may attack Barack Obama in the fall, the Arizona senator's top adviser fired off a letter calling the article “offensive” …
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Barack Obama, Sexist!  (?)  —  Yesterday I posted the news that Geraldine Ferraro may not vote for Barack Obama because of his “terribly sexist” ways.  I mocked Ferraro's shrill claim of sexism, but I now realize that perceiving sexist activity is not a strength of mine.
Discussion: Hot Air
Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:
Oh, shoot!  —  Ald.  Richard Mell forgot to re-register his guns (which reportedly include a Walther PPK like this one).  No problem — he'll just write a new law.  —  Ald.  Richard Mell (33rd) is a former hunter with an arsenal of weapons that reportedly features shotguns, rifles and pistols …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Mom forced to live in car with dogs  —  SANTA BARBARA, California (CNN) — Barbara Harvey climbs into the back of her small Honda sport utility vehicle and snuggles with her two golden retrievers, her head nestled on a pillow propped against the driver's seat.
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Why She Fights On  —  The New York Times recently ran down a list …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Democrats Observe A Fragile Cease-Fire
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Ingraham to MKH: McCain shouldn't have appeared on SNL
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Google Public Policy Blog:
Dialogue with Sen. Lieberman on terrorism videos
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Sen. Obama's backers see dream ticket as nightmare
Kleinheider / Post Politics:
TNGOP's Controversial Obama Video Features Former Strip Club Owner …
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Jews  —  America's Jews account for a mere 2% of the U.S. population.
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
A Living-Room Crusade via Blogging
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Anatomy of a Beltway Smear Campaign