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8:10 PM ET, May 22, 2008


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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.
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  —  In a conference call with reporters, Clinton Senior Adviser Harold Ickes clarified their position on Michigan — they don't want the 55 “uncommitted” delegates to go to Obama (his name did not appear on the ballot in Michigan).
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and TalkLeft
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 …
McCain rejects Hagee endorsement
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steven Ginsberg / The Trail:   McCain Denounces Hagee
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 …
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: Ross Douthat and Gawker
Ian Bishop / NY Daily News:
I'd like wife to take my seat: Kennedy  —  Ted Kennedy has made clear to confidants that when his time is up, he wants his Senate seat to stay in the family - with his wife, Vicki.  —  Multiple sources in Massachusetts with close ties to the liberal lion say his wife of 16 years has long …
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.
Discussion: Right Wing News and QandO
Rick Santorum /
The Elephant in the Room: A wake-up call on gay marriage after '03 alarm went unheeded  —  Bigot!  Hate-monger!  Homophobe!  —  Those were just a few of the terms hurled my way in 2003 when I said that the Supreme Court's Texas sodomy decision opened the door to the redefinition of marriage.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Conservatives And The Wrong Problems  —  Ezra Klein: … I think this gets things the wrong way round.  In fact, the argumnent is framed in such a way as to violate conservatism's core insight - and that was also the case with Packer's article (and a lot of what my friends, David Brooks, Reihan Salam and Ross Douthat said in it).
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Conservatives and Problems
Discussion: The Daily Dish and James Poulos
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Ellen DeGeneres weds: McCain walks me?  —  Ellen DeGeneres, who hosts a popular daytime television talk show and has announced on-air that she will marry her girlfriend, broached the question of gay marriage today with Republican John McCain, the party's presumptive presidential nominee.
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.
Editor and Publisher:
TIME Preview: Michelle Obama Actually Connects with Audience — and Howard Dean Calls for End of Electoral College  —  NEW YORK The coming issue of Time magazine, arriving on Friday, looks at the debate over the pros and cons of Michelle Obama's on-the-stump performance.
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
The Politico:
Viral e-mails attack Obama's life story  —  The main obstacle standing between Barack Obama and the White House was distilled into five words by a local television correspondent in South Charleston, W.Va., earlier this month.  —  Prefacing a question about the challenges of winning over white …
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Marc Ambinder:
Quietly, Obama Begins The Quest To Find A Running Mate  —  Very quietly, Sen. Barack Obama has begun the process that will end in his choosing a running mate, Democrats inside and outside the campaign said.  —  Obama has sworn a small group of his senior staff to secrecy.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Begins Search for Vice President
Discussion: The Fix and Washington Wire
Justin Ewers / US News:
New Poll Finds Big Shift Toward Obama  —  Californians give Obama a significant edge over Clinton and McCain  —  SAN FRANCISCO—A new poll released today in California finds political momentum shifting dramatically toward Barack Obama—and away from both Hillary Clinton and John McCain—in the nation's most populous state.
Daily Mail:
Muslim convert held after nail bomb blast in restaurant  —  A Muslim convert with a history of mental illness was being held tonight after two bombs were found in a family restaurant toilet following an explosion at lunchtime.  —  Police and bomb disposal teams were called in after Nicky Reilly …
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
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