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1:20 AM ET, May 23, 2008


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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Stop Yelling at Hillary to Stand Down and Start Yelling at the Superdelegates to Stand Up  —  The dust refuses to settle on the Democratic race.  Hillary Clinton wants to cloud the issue with talk of Zimbabwe, Gore 2000, slavery, the civil rights movement, and fuzzy-math-derived popular vote totals.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Jules Crittenden
Al Giordano / The Field:
The Nightmare Ticket Is Dead  —  Time magazine's Karen Tumulty reports: … The Field can now confirm, based on multiple sources, something that both campaigns publicly deny: that Senator Clinton has directly told Senator Obama that she wants to be his vice presidential nominee …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TOXIC  —  For the last week it's seemed that Sens. Clinton and Obama were adhering to their tacit truce, continuing the primary campaign but avoiding the harsh exchanges that make later party unity a dimmer and dimmer prospect.  Clinton particularly had deescalated her rhetoric.
Nitya / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton: Florida, Michigan Penalty “Appropriate”  —  ABC News' Rick Klein and Sarah Amos Report: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday flatly rejected a proposal by Sen. Barack Obama to penalize Florida by seating only half of its convention delegates — despite the fact …
New York Times:
As Race Wanes, Talk of Clinton as No. 2 Grows  —  While Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her advisers insist that she is determined to win the Democratic nomination, friends of the couple say that former President Bill Clinton, for one, has begun privately contemplating a different outcome for her …
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Paterson Sees ‘Desperation’ By Clinton, Disagrees On Florida And Michigan  —  Gov. David Paterson, who is right now being interviewed by WAMC's Alan Chartock and taking calls from listeners on “Vox Pop,” just disagreed sharply with his presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton …
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Ickes: We want the Michigan uncommitted to stay uncommitted
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   Clinton camp: Uncommitted Mich. voters should not go to Obama
McCain officially rejects Hagee endorsement  —  From CNN Correspondent Brian Todd, CNN's Dugald McConnell, CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand  —  (CNN) — In the face of mounting controversy over headline-grabbing statements from Pastor John Hagee, CNN has learned presumptive Republican nominee John McCain …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Unapologetic Hagee Says Hitler Statement Was “Mischaracterized”  —  Pastor John Hagee said on Thursday that his controversial sermon, in which he said Hitler was fulfilling God's will for a state of Israel, had been “intentionally mischaracterized” and constituted a “gross example of bias.”
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
McCain Throws Hagee Under the Bus
McCain rejects Hagee endorsement
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Andrew Romano / Stumper:
Obama Hints at Naming Clinton to His ‘Team of Rivals’  —  BOCA RATON, Fla.—When we first mentioned the possibility on March 5, it seemed impossible.  For months, many Democrats simply laughed it off.  She'd never accept, some said.  He'd never offer, others replied.
Associated Press:
Powerful Iraqi cleric flirting with Shiite militant message  —  BAGHDAD - Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric has been quietly issuing religious edicts declaring that armed resistance against U.S.-led foreign troops is permissible — a potentially significant shift by a key supporter of the Washington-backed government in Baghdad.
Emily Gould / New York Times:
Exposed  —  Back in 2006, when I was 24, my life was cozy and safe.  I had just been promoted to associate editor at the publishing house where I'd been working since I graduated from college, and I was living with my boyfriend, Henry, and two cats in a grubby but spacious two-bedroom apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Discussion: alicublog, Gawker and Ross Douthat
New York Times:
Appeals Court Rules Against Texas in Polygamy Case  —  A Texas state court of appeals ruled Thursday afternoon that the state of Texas had no right to seize more than 400 children from a polygamist ranch in Eldorado, in the western part of the state, because there was not sufficient proof that they were in immediate danger.
Marc Ambinder:
McCain To Obama: Don't Demagogue The GI Bill  —  I don't usually print entire press statements from campaigns, but they're usually not this acidic.  The casus belli is today's vote on Sen. Jim Webb's GI bill; McCain opposes it because he worries about military retention and/but has offered …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Nevada Presidential Election  —  Nevada: McCain 46% Obama 40%  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Nevada shows John McCain holding a modest lead over Barack Obama in the race for the state's Electoral College votes.  McCain attracts support from 46% …
Discussion: TalkLeft, MyDD and
Bob Von Sternberg / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Saints promotion: Not quite a bobblehead  —  Sunday's giveaway is a miniature bathroom stall with a couple of lower legs and feet - a spoof on the airport episode involving Idaho Sen. Larry Craig at the Twin Cities airport last summer.  —  The St. Paul Saints, long known for offbeat …
Discussion: Power Line
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Maxine Waters threatens to nationalize America's oil industry
Discussion: Wizbang and Gateway Pundit
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
McCain Says Immigration Reform Should Be Top Priority
Discussion: Lonewacko
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
House Panel Subpoenas Rove in Inquiry Into Justice Dept.
Discussion: Donklephant
abu muqawama:
Army Strong  —  Do you ever wonder why the U.S. Marine Corps …
Discussion: Wonkette
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Race In Kentucky  —  From al-Jazeera (via Kos), some raw reporting …
Discussion: Bang the Drum
Katie Zezima / New York Times:
Obama to Fill In for Kennedy at Ceremony
Hindrocket / Power Line:
FORTUNATELY, NO ONE WILL WATCH IT  —  The Cannes Film Festival …
Gene Maddaus / Daily Breeze:
Congresswoman defaults on home
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
RNC Hiring Rove Protege To Dig Oppo Research On Obama
Editor and Publisher:
TIME Preview: Michelle Obama Actually Connects with Audience …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Rick Santorum /
The Elephant in the Room: A wake-up call on gay marriage after …
Ben / Think Progress:
Methodist Ministers Launch PR Campaign To Stop Bush Library At SMU
Democrats file suit to seat Florida delegates
Justin Ewers / US News:
New Poll Finds Big Shift Toward Obama
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Skyrocketing Oil Prices Stump Experts
Ian Bishop / NY Daily News:
I'd like wife to take my seat: Kennedy