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12:00 PM ET, May 21, 2008


 Top Items: 
Joseph Lieberman / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats and Our Enemies  —  How did the Democratic Party get here?  How did the party of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy drift so far from the foreign policy and national security principles and policies that were at the core of its identity and its purpose?
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Chuck Hagel Takes On McCain, Repeatedly Praises Obama  —  Chuck Hagel is quickly becoming Barack Obama's answer to Joe Lieberman.  —  The Republican Senator from Nebraska was a political thorn in McCain's side on Tuesday night, repeatedly lavishing praise on the presumptive Democratic candidate …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
What is Clinton's argument now?  —  Hillary Clinton does not lack for victories.  She has had several recently.  —  What she lacks is a way to make her victories meaningful.  What she lacks is an argument.  —  What is the game-changing argument that will cause the superdelegates …
Discussion: American Spectator and
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Sees Many Reasons to Stay In
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Clinton Fades Even in a Victory
Another split decision in Democratic race
John McCain / Zogby:
Reuters/Zogby Poll: Obama Opens Double-digit Lead Over McCain in National Test  —  Third-party candidates Nader and Barr show signs of strength in key demographic groups  —  UTICA, New York - Democrat Barack Obama has sprinted out to a 10-point lead over Republican John McCain in a four …
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama leads McCain in November match: Reuters poll
Discussion: The Reaction
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama Plans General Election Team
Discussion: Associated Press
Justin Rood / ABCNEWS:
Report: U.S. Soldiers Did ‘Dirty Work’ for Chinese Interrogators  —  Alleges Guantanamo Personnel Softened Up Detainees at Request of Chinese Intelligence  —  U.S. military personnel at Guantanamo Bay allegedly softened up detainees at the request of Chinese intelligence officials who had come …
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Daily Dish and Sadly, No!
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
More than just financing Bush Wars...  The Chinese are apparently taking a supervisory role in overseeing their investment. … Ms. Manning are you forgetting who the President and Vice-President are?  Sadly, it's par for the course.  —  This occurred during the period …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Money shocker!  Hillary Clinton's campaign debt soars*  —  (*UPDATE: Due to a mathematical error, Hillary Clinton's loans to herself were added twice in the calculation of this item.  Her total debts are about $20 million, not $31 million.  A corrected item covering the first five paragraphs of this one has been published here.)
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Evolving Take on Meeting With Iran  —  Democratic Contender Under Fire From McCain on Foreign Policy  —  Barack Obama's original answer seemed crystal clear: last July, asked whether he would meet with the “leaders” of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea “without precondition …
Discussion: Political Radar
Kenneth R. Timmerman /
Iranians Would Welcome Airstrikes, Sources Say
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Atlas Shrugs
Washington Post:
McCain Assails Obama Over Readiness To Talk With Hostile Foreign Leaders
Discussion: Commentary and MSNBC
Media Matters for America:
Michael Savage plays Dead Kennedys song “in some respect for” Sen. Kennedy … Following the announcement that Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage opened his May 20 show by interspersing audio of Kennedy singing …
Ted Kennedy leaves hospital  —  BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) — U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, was released from the hospital Wednesday morning, earlier than expected.  —  “Sen. Kennedy has recovered remarkably quickly from his Monday procedure …
Discussion: The Reaction, TVNewser and Dean's World
Jesse A. Hamilton / On Background:
Courtney Endorses Obama  —  Though he had said he was going to wait until the last of the primaries was over, Rep. Joe Courtney decided to instead make his pick for a Democratic candidate clear this morning, chosing Sen. Barack Obama.  —  Courtney's was the only district in Connecticut that was won …
New York Times:
Israel and Syria Say They Are Holding Peace Talks in Turkey  —  JERUSALEM — Israel and Syria have begun indirect peace talks, mediated by Turkey, aimed at reaching a comprehensive peace accord, the three governments announced in a coordinated statement Wednesday.
James Andrew Miller / Washington Post:
Next Stop, Supreme Court?  —  As the primary season nears a merciful end, the Clinton-Obama conflict is giving way to Obama-Clinton conjecture.  Many in the Democratic Party support a so-called dream ticket of both, with Barack Obama at the top.  They believe Hillary Clinton has earned …
Discussion: Bench Memos and Balkinization
Michelle Malkin / National Review:
Barack Gaffes  —  All it takes is one gaffe to taint a Republican for life.  The political establishment never let Dan Quayle live down his fateful misspelling of “potatoe.”  The New York Times distorted and misreported the first President Bush's questions about new scanner technology …
Discussion: TownHall Blog, Althouse and Hot Air
Michelle Malkin:   Barack Obama: Gaffe machine
New York Times:
Operation in Sadr City Is an Iraqi Success, So Far  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces rolled unopposed through the huge Shiite enclave of Sadr City on Tuesday, a dramatic turnaround from the bitter fighting that has plagued the Baghdad neighborhood for two months, and a qualified success for Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.
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Hussein Dakroub / Associated Press:
Lebanon's feuding factions reach agreement
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Don Surber:
Just ask me  —  Question: Is Geraldine Ferraro nuts to call Democrats sexist?
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Salon
Clarifying the meaning of Jihad
Discussion: The Corner and Jihad Watch
Thomas Frank / Wall Street Journal:
The Tragic Irony of Beltway Libertarianism
W. Gardner Selby / Postcards:
Chris Bell considers state Senate run
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The Ground Clinton Broke
Paul Bedard / US News:
Huckabee Apologizes to Obama
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Doggett / Reuters:
House passes bill to sue OPEC over oil prices
John McCain / CNN:
McCain adviser steps down to avoid working against Obama
Discussion: Emptywheel and Wizbang
Carl / Israel Matzav:
Al-Dura case overturned on appeal - UPDATED
Ginn / DBKP:
UK PC Criminal: 15-Yr-Old Youth Who Called Scientology a Cult
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Last Debate
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Flying RC Penis Disrupts Garry Kasparov Speech
Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
Is MSNBC a Political Liability to NBC?
Discussion: News Hounds and Hot Air
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
We've Been Had  —  This was Obama's rally in Oregon over the weekend …