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9:00 AM ET, May 23, 2008


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Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Bad day for John McCain, Part II: anger management  —  When a candidate has well-known anger-management issues, he really needs to be careful about the tone of his statements.  —  Today, John McCain was one of only three Senators who failed to show up for the debate and vote on Sen. Jim Webb's improved GI Bill.
John McCain / Real Clear Politics:
McCain Responds to Obama on Veterans Bill  —  “It is typical, but no less offensive that Senator Obama uses the Senate floor to take cheap shots at an opponent and easy advantage of an issue he has less than zero understanding of.  Let me say first in response to Senator Obama …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Senate Passes $165 Billion Measure to Pay for Wars
Amanda / Think Progress:
McCain rejects Parsley's endorsement.  —  In February, Ohio televangelist Rev. Rod Parsley endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).  McCain called Parsley — who once said Allah was a “demon spirit” — his “spiritual guide.”  In an interview with the AP today, McCain finally said that he rejected Parsley's support:
Discussion: MoJoBlog, The RBC and News Hounds
McCain officially rejects Hagee endorsement
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
McCain Says Immigration Reform Should Be Top Priority  —  SAN JOSE—In yet another sign of his pivoting toward the general election, Senator John McCain said at a roundtable with business leaders here today that comprehensive immigration reform should be a top priority for the next president.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Why I Will No Longer Support John McCain For President  —  I've never been a fan of John McCain.  Not only is he not a conservative, he may have done more damage to the conservative movement than any other Republican over the last few years.  Look back at the Gang-of-14, global warming …
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.
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 …
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.
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, The Reaction and QandO
James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraq Spending Ignored Rules, Pentagon Says  —  A Pentagon audit of $8.2 billion in American taxpayer money spent by the United States Army on contractors in Iraq has found that almost none of the payments followed federal rules and that in some cases, contracts worth millions of dollars …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and Hullabaloo
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Maxine Waters threatens to nationalize America's oil industry  —  Befitting the catastrophic stupidity of this idea, she doesn't even know what the proper term for it is.  I'm sitting here telling myself that Shep and the Foxies must have taken this out of context somehow since …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
At Supreme Court, 5-to-4 Rulings Fade, but Why?  —  WASHINGTON — Where have all the 5-to-4 decisions gone?  —  And whatever happened to the “Kennedy Court”?  —  A year ago at this time, the Supreme Court had decided 13 cases by votes of 5 to 4, out of 41 total decisions.
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Growing Gaffe  —  WASHINGTON — When the House of Representatives takes up arms against $4 gas by voting 324-84 to sue OPEC, you know that election-year discourse has gone surreal.  Another unmistakable sign is when a presidential candidate makes a gaffe, then, realizing it is too egregious …
Discussion: Soccer Dad
New York Times:
30 Former Officials Became Corporate Monitors  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has appointed at least 30 former prosecutors and other government officials as well-paid corporate monitors in arrangements that allow companies to avoid criminal prosecution, according to government data released Thursday by Congress.
Discussion: Blue Jersey
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: MyDD and
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Patrick Ruffini:
Unifying Narratives Work. Microtrends Fail.
Wall Street Journal:
Change You Can't Believe In  —  President Bush vetoed …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Commentary
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
Lenoir City, Tennessee.  Jeez, I thought we'd at least have until …
Discussion: baldilocks
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ACTUAL EXISTING CONSERVATISM....Jonah Goldberg responds …
John Nagl / SWJ Blog:
America's Greatest Weapon
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Gruntled Center:
Obama vs. McCain as Centrists
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
RNC Hiring Rove Protege To Dig Oppo Research On Obama
Bob Von Sternberg / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Saints promotion: Not quite a bobblehead
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Rick Santorum /
The Elephant in the Room: A wake-up call on gay marriage after …