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11:20 AM ET, May 22, 2008


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Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Many Florida Jews Express Doubts on Obama  —  BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — At the Aberdeen Golf and Country Club on Sunday, the fountains were burbling, the man-made lakes were shining, and Shirley Weitz and Ruth Grossman were debating why Jews in this gated neighborhood of airy retirement homes feel …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Clinton's Shocking Florida Gambit  —  Hillary Clinton's rhetoric today about counting the results in Florida and Michigan is simply incredible.  Her speech compares discounting the Florida and Michigan primaries to vote suppression and slavery: … It's worth repeating: They supported this “disenfranchisement.”
Nate /
Can Obama Clinch on June 3rd?
PaganPower / NO QUARTER:
Is Andrew Sullivan a Sociopathetic Hack?
Discussion: TBogg
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.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Officials say Obama starts search for running mate
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and MSNBC
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Theme Persists: Obama Outraises Clinton
Discussion: Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Energy Watchdog Warns Of Oil-Production Crunch  —  IEA Official Says Supplies  —  May Plateau Below Expected Demand  —  The world's premier energy monitor is preparing a sharp downward revision of its oil-supply forecast, a shift that reflects deepening pessimism over whether oil companies can keep abreast of booming demand.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PEAK OIL WATCH....Why have oil prices doubled, doubled again …
Discussion: The Lede
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Petraeus: Diplomacy, Not Force, With Iran  —  Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, President Bush's nominee to lead U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, supports continued U.S. engagement with international and regional partners to find the right mix of diplomatic, economic and military leverage …
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Petraeus: More troop withdrawals possible in fall  —  More American troops may come home from Iraq this fall, but it's too early to predict how many soldiers will be redeployed and when exactly that would happen, Army Gen. David Petraeus told a Senate panel Thursday morning.
Karen Tumulty / Time:
What Does Hillary Want?  —  A graceful exit is never easy in a business as fraught with ego and ambition as presidential politics.  Which is why in recent days, quiet calls have started going out to key supporters of Hillary Clinton who are showing signs of wanting to jump ship.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Can Clinton muscle to a VP nod?
Discussion: TownHall Blog
New York Times:
Kennedy Talked, Khrushchev Triumphed  —  IN his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy expressed in two eloquent sentences, often invoked by Barack Obama, a policy that turned out to be one of his presidency's — indeed one of the cold war's — most consequential: “Let us never negotiate out of fear.
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
McCain Won't Play by Obama's Rules  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — When one of the Democratic Party's most astute strategists this week criticized John McCain for attacking Barack Obama's desire to engage Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, I asked what the Republican presidential candidate ought to talk about in this campaign.
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Obama's outreach to US foes is questionable
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Commentary and MSNBC
Michelle Malkin:
Dem clowns in Congress screw up their farm bill veto override, blame Bush  —  Here's a side-splitter to start your day.  President Bush vetoed the pork-laden farm bill monstrosity this week.  The Democrat-led House overrode the veto.  —  But they forgot to include a substantial chunk …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Sundries Shack
Associated Press:   Mix-up throws House veto override in doubt
Todd McCarthy / Variety:
CHE  —  A Warner Bros. Intl.  Release (in France) of a Wild Bunch and Telecino presentation of a Laura Bickford/Morena Films production.  (International sales: Wild Bunch, Paris.)  Produced by Bickford, Benicio Del Toro.  Executive producers, Alvaro Augustin, Belen Atienza, Frederic W. Brost, Gregory Jacobs, Alvaro Longoria.
Discussion: LIBERTAS and JammieWearingFool
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Troubling Instincts  —  Barack Obama is ambling rather than sprinting across the primary-season finish line.  It's not just his failure to connect with blue-collar Democrats.  He has added to his problems with ill-informed replies on critical foreign policy questions.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and neo-neocon
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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Grading McCain's veep prospects  —  It may not quite be the “Summit in Sedona,” but the Memorial Day weekend trip of three potential running mates to John McCain's Arizona get-away cabin is certain to bring renewed attention to the presumptive Republican nominee's hunt for a vice-president.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
McCain to Meet 3 Possible Running Mates
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Ex-Network Reporter Leaves Journalism to Join Obama's Campaign  —  Linda Douglass, a longtime network news correspondent in Washington now working as a contributing editor to The National Journal, said Wednesday that she would leave the magazine to work for Senator Barack Obama's campaign.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Wittes' Point  —  Ben Wittes says that the California court declared Barack Obama a bigot.
Marc Ambinder:
Team Romney Reunites In New PAC
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Liberals work to change McCain's image
McCain Pastor: Islam Is a ‘Conspiracy of Spiritual Evil’
Discussion: On Deadline and Jihad Watch
Megan McArdle:
Stop in the name of conservatism!
Discussion: The Corner and EconLog
The Politico:
Viral e-mails attack Obama's life story
Matt Snyders / City Pages:
Moles Wanted  —  Paul Carroll was riding his bike when his cell phone vibrated.
Discussion: Emptywheel and Wonkette
 Earlier Items: 
Agence France Presse:
Canada to deport first US deserter of Iraq war
McCain adviser rebuked for work with dictators
Ron Kampeas / JTA:
What's driving Israel and Syria to talk?
Discussion: New York Times and Firedoglake
New York Times:
McCain Set to Release Health Data on Friday
Wall Street Journal:
The New Big Dig  —  Mitt Romney's presidential run is history …
Michael Tomasky / New York Review of Books:
Who Is John McCain?  —  The Real McCain: Why Conservatives …
Gail Robinson / Sheffield Telegraph:
Sex swap driving teacher fury