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3:00 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?
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 …
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 …
Spencer / Attackerman:
What Lies Underneath The Lies You Told
Discussion: Salon and TownHall Blog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quote For The Day  —  “We know from past campaigns …
Discussion: Political Machine
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.
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 $21 million, not $31 million.  A corrected item covering the first five paragraphs of this one has been published here.)
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama sets sights on McCain in fundraising war
Discussion: Firedoglake
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Corrected Item: Clinton's campaign debts at $20.88 million
Discussion: Wonkette
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 …
Kenneth R. Timmerman /
Iranians Would Welcome Airstrikes, Sources Say
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Atlas Shrugs
Amanda / Think Progress:
McCain adviser: Sometimes it's ‘accurate’ to describe a woman as a ‘bitch.’  —  During yesterday's Democratic primary coverage, CNN senior analyst Jeff Toobin criticized a New York Times column that published a joke about Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) being a “white bitch.”
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: The Daily Dish and TalkLeft
M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Chalabi's Lobbyist  —  USA Today reports on the lobbying career of John McCain's top foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann, noting that Schuenemann “lobbied the Arizona senator's staff on behalf of the republic of Georgia while he was working for the campaign”:
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Matt Kelley / USA Today:
McCain adviser's work as lobbyist comes to light
Discussion: MoJoBlog, Emptywheel and TPMMuckraker
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and The Moderate Voice
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OBAMA'S MOMENT.  —  Matt wonders whether Obama is a new Jimmy Carter or a new Ronald Reagan.  I think that's actually the wrong comparison to fear: The question is whether he's a new first term Bill Clinton.  Like Clinton, Obama has fairly little Washington experience, and is running as a charismatic …
Paul Bedard / US News:
Clintonista Warns: McCain Isn't Bush III  —  Sidney Blumenthal, a former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and strategist for Hillary Clinton's Democratic presidential campaign, went “off message” (his words) today with a warning to his party: Don't run against GOP nominee John McCain …
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.
Discussion: Bang the Drum and Scripting News
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Oregon Exit Polls: Obama Handily Beat Hillary Among Whites, No-College, Less-Than-$50,000 Voters  —  The Oregon exit polls lend a bit more weight to the theory that Barack Obama's real problem is more with Appalachia than it is with working class whites in general, as the Hillary campaign has repeatedly suggested.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Lobbyists: This is our thanks?  —  More than a few Republican lobbyists in Washington are scratching their heads these days, asking: So this is the thanks we get?  —  It was a small band of loyal lobbyists who stood by presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain last August …
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
re: Just Curious  —  Obama must not have been paying attention …
Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain incentivizing supporters to comment on blogs
Washington Post:
Lebanese Political Factions Reach Agreement
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Hot Air
Dion Nissenbaum / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Syria, Israel announce search for ‘comprehensive peace’
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's strategy now faces a bigger test
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ARE CONSERVATIVES OUT OF IDEAS?  —  It's hard to forget …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Brad Wilmouth /
NBC's Mitchell Suggests Republicans May Cheat Obama in November
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Walid Phares / American Thinker:
Hezb'allah Takes Control in Lebanon
Marc Ambinder:
Why Obama Tolerates Clinton's Presence
Richard Landes / Augean Stables:
Karsenty Wins Court Decision!!
Byron York / National Review:
Hillary: The Al Gore of 2008
James Andrew Miller / Washington Post:
Next Stop, Supreme Court?
Roger Simon / The Politico:
What is Clinton's argument now?  —  Hillary Clinton does not lack for victories.
Michelle Malkin / National Review:
Barack Gaffes  —  All it takes is one gaffe to taint a Republican for life.