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11:00 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.
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 The Jed Report
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: New York Times and The RBC
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 …
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).
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 …
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
McCain Throws Hagee Under the Bus  —  CNN reports John McCain is now rejecting Pastor John Hagee's endorsement: … ... The attacks on Pastor John Hagee are nothing more than an attempt at character assassination.  Of course, it makes sense that the Left would want to find a way to seek revenge or a …
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
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Michelle Roberts / Associated Press:
Texas seizure of polygamist-sect kids thrown out
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Hot Air
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 …
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.
M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Sistani Says Resistance Against U.S. Forces Is ‘Permissible’
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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Andrew Romano / Stumper:
Obama Hints at Naming Clinton to His ‘Team of Rivals’
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
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Obama vs. McCain as Centrists
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Bob Von Sternberg / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Saints promotion: Not quite a bobblehead
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
LP Convention 2008: There's a Starman Waiting in the Sky
Ben / Think Progress:
Methodist Ministers Launch PR Campaign To Stop Bush Library At SMU
Daily Mail:
Muslim convert held after nail bomb blast in restaurant
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
Justin Ewers / US News:
New Poll Finds Big Shift Toward Obama
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Conservatives And The Wrong Problems
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Skyrocketing Oil Prices Stump Experts
Talal Al-Khatib / Political Radar:
Webb: Affirmative Action Behind Obama Woes
Discussion: Stumper