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11:45 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 …
Nate /
Can Obama Clinch on June 3rd?  —  Last night, Barack Obama clinched a majority of pledged delegates excluding Florida and Michigan, as well as under certain Florida/Michigan scenarios.  But, in spite of a big win in Oregon and a well-executed speech in Iowa, the milestone did not quite produce …
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Newsweek and MyDD
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Clinton's Shocking Florida Gambit
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 and Political Radar
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
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.
Discussion: MSNBC and
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Officials say Obama starts search for running mate
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and MSNBC
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
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.
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: The Sundries Shack
Associated Press:   Mix-up throws House veto override in doubt
Washington Post:
House Overrides Veto of Farm Bill
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
McCain Stakes His Turf  —  When one of the Democratic Party's most astute strategists criticized John McCain this week for attacking Barack Obama's desire to engage Iranian 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
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.
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 …
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
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.
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
CN8 fires Barry Nolan over Bill O'Reilly protest  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email + Bio  —  CN8 has fired veteran TV journalist Barry Nolan for publicly protesting the decision by the local Emmy Awards to honor Fox News blowhard Bill O'Reilly.
Discussion: Think Progress
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Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Barack Obama, Hothead?
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Obama suggests halving Florida delegation
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Will Thomas / The Huffington Post:
Jim Webb Speaks Out On Race, Addresses Grievances Of White America
Discussion: Donklephant
Marc Ambinder:
Team Romney Reunites In New PAC
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Grading McCain's veep prospects
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Agence France Presse:
Canada to deport first US deserter of Iraq war
Washington Post:
McCain Adviser's Work As Lobbyist Criticized
Ron Kampeas / JTA:
What's driving Israel and Syria to talk?
New York Times:
McCain Set to Release Health Data on Friday
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