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3:20 AM ET, May 22, 2008


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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Clinton's Shocking Florida Gambit  —  Hillary Clinton's rhetoric today about counting the results in Florida and Michigan is simply incredible.  Her speech compares discounting the Florida and Michigan primaries to vote suppression and slavery: … It's worth repeating: They supported this “disenfranchisement.”
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Clinton may take delegate fight to convention … BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is willing to take her fight to seat Florida and Michigan delegates to the convention if the two states want to go that far.  In an interview with The Associated Press …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Shameless  —  The Clintons know no respect for rules or propriety or restraint in the pursuit of power.  But Clinton's latest speech in Florida should cause even veteran Clinton-hating jaws to drop some more: … How do you respond to a sociopath like this?
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton compares the Florida and Michigan fight to civil rights movement  —  My colleague Ken Vogel reports: … She said “there's a reason why so many have fought so hard and sacrificed so much.  It's because they knew that to be a citizen of this country is to have the right and responsibility to help shape its future.
Fernando Suarez / CBS News:
Clinton Desperate to Count Votes, Compares Fla. Primary to Zimbabwe  —  From CBS News' Fernando Suarez:  —  SUNRISE, FLA. — Desperate to get attention for her cause to seat Florida and Michigan delegates, Hillary Clinton compared the plight of Zimbabweans in their recent fraudulent election …
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Obama faults McCain; Clinton mulls delegate fight  —  TAMPA, Fla. - Barack Obama criticized likely general election rival John McCain on Wednesday where it could hurt most — the Arizona senator's reputation as a champion of ethics.  Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile, raised the possibility …
Mark Halperin /   Transcript of Clinton's Remarks in Boca Raton, Florida
Krooney /
Clinton Makes Baldest/Boldest Appeal to Florida and Michigan Voters
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The New Republic
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
McCain to Meet 3 Possible Running Mates  —  Senator John McCain is planning to meet this weekend with at least three potential Republican running mates at a gathering at his ranch in Arizona, suggesting that he is stepping up his search for a vice president now that the Democratic contest …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
McCain Looks to Fill Ticket, and 3 Hopefuls Step Up
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Peter Viles / L.A. Land:
Congresswoman denies foreclosure report  —  Update: California Rep. Laura Richardson today denied a published report that her $535,000 Sacramento home had slipped into foreclosure, saying she had renegotiated her loan to keep the home.  —  The house “... is not in foreclosure and has NOT been seized …
Anthony York / Capitol Weekly:
Foreclosure tale shows that nobody is immune from crisis  —  As the real estate market softened in 2007, the new owner of a three-bedroom, 1,600-square-foot house in Sacramento's Curtis Park neighborhood ran into trouble.  The house that was purchased for $535,000 in January had lost equity.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Backer Hagee Said Hitler Was Fulfilling God's Will (AUDIO)  —  John Hagee, the controversial evangelical leader and endorser of Sen. John McCain, argued in a late 1990s sermon that the Nazis had operated on God's behalf to chase the Jews from Europe and shepherd them to Palestine.
David Stout / New York Times:
House Override of Farm Bill Veto Is Only the 2nd in Bush's Presidency  —  WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override President Bush's veto of the $307 billion farm bill, just the second override in his presidency.  —  The 316-to-108 House vote was far …
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:   Clerical error leads to Farm Bill confusion
Liza / culturekitchen:
David Gergen and CNN pundits challenge Hillary Clinton to denounce the racist vote [UPDATED 2]  —  [ Editorial Note: Now we have the important part of the transcript. ]  —  This is one of those historic TV moments that people will be talking about for a long time.  And let me tell you, I lost it as it was happening.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Florida Presidential Election  —  Florida: McCain 50% Obama 40%  —  Barack Obama is heading to Florida this week and has a lot of catching up to do in the race for the Sunshine State's twenty-seven Electoral College votes.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Daily Kos and Power Line
Rasmussen Reports:
For Republicans, Judicial Appointments Matter More Than Iraq
Discussion: American Spectator
Marc Ambinder:
Linda Douglass Joins The Obama Campaign  —  Linda Douglass, an award-winning television and print journalist who currently serves as a contributing editor to National Journal, will join Barack Obama's presidential campaign as a senior strategist and as a senior campaign spokesperson on the roadshow, a newly created position.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The absolutely insane talk of Obama promising Hillary Clinton the next seat on the Supreme Court.  —  I have avoided talking about this but now there's a WaPo column on the subject and I can't stand it anymore.  James Andrew Miller writes: … How could Hillary Clinton possibly be considered an appropriate Supreme Court nominee?
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Many Florida Jews Express Doubts on Obama  —  BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — At the Aberdeen Golf and Country Club on Sunday, the fountains were burbling, the man-made lakes were shining, and Shirley Weitz and Ruth Grossman were debating why Jews in this gated neighborhood of airy retirement homes feel …
Discussion: Soccer Dad
The Onion:
Obama, Clinton, McCain Join Forces To Form Nightmare Ticket  —  WASHINGTON—Presidential hopefuls John McCain (R-AZ), Barack Obama (D-IL), and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) announced Monday their plans to form what many Beltway observers have already dubbed the “2008 Nightmare Ticket,” …
Discussion: Political Machine
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Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
‘Squawk Box’ Guest Warns of $12-15-a-Gallon Gas
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Donklephant
Deal Journal:
Mean Street: Amazon - The Stock that Defies Gravity
Gallup Daily: Obama 47%, McCain 44%
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
Iraq figures distort terrorism statistics: study
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Madame President Clinton? Chelesa Clinton That Is
Discussion: US News
New York Times:
Agreement Struck in Lebanon to End Political Crisis
Marc Ambinder:
On Iran, Parsing Obama, Without Preconditions Or Preconceptions
Associated Press:
Miss. Democratic chairman commits to Obama as superdelegate
 Earlier Items: 
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The Autopsy Report  —  Exploring the political reasons for Hillary Clinton's defeat.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and TPMCafe
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Former lobbyists are people too
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
US elections: Barack Obama juggernaut ‘will crush John McCain’
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
Actuaries Scrutinized on Pensions
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Delays Report on Iran Arms
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OBAMA'S MOMENT.  —  Matt wonders whether Obama is a new Jimmy Carter …
Megan McArdle:
Are conservatives out of ideas?