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5:20 PM ET, May 23, 2008

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Geoff Earle / New York Post:
HILLARY RAISES ASSASSINATION ISSUE  —  DEFENDS LONG-RUNNING CAMPAIGN  —  Hillary Clinton today brought up the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy while defending her decision to stay in the race against Barack Obama.  —  “My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Hillary cites RFK assassination in explaining why she's still in race  —  Hillary Clinton today cited the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy during the 1968 presidential campaign to explain why she was remaining in the race despite long odds.  —  “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated …
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Clinton apologies for Kennedy remark
Discussion: GINA COBB
Philly.com:
In most inclusive count, Clinton has the numbers  —  Lost in the excitement of Barack Obama's coronation this week was an inconvenient fact of Tuesday's results: Hillary Clinton netted approximately 150,000 votes and is now poised to finish the primary season as the popular-vote leader.
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
FORMAL TALKS?  —  CNN is reporting this morning that the Obama and Clinton campaigns are in formal talks about ending her quest for the Democratic nomination and possibly giving her the VP slot.  —  These apparent talks are described by CNN as being in a “very preliminary” stage and as “difficult.”
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Sources: Clinton, Obama supporters discussing exit strategies  —  (CNN) — Several close friends and supporters of Hillary Clinton tell CNN they are pushing for a “graceful exit strategy” that would allow the Clinton and Obama camps to come together, and for the New York senator to save face …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:   CLINTON FOLKS DENY REPORTS OF VEEP TALKS
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Accuses Obama Campaign Of Being Behind Stories About “Talks” Between Camps
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
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TPMCafe:
Liberal Pundits Offer Unprecedented Apology  —  Alternate Universe Washington, DC (AUP)—An influential group of liberal pundits and political commentators has formed a new organization to apologize for their columns on Ned Lamont's 2006 challenge to Joe Lieberman (R - Forallintentsandpurposes) and to call for their own resignations.
littlegreenfootballs.com:
Mainstreaming Terrorism to Sell Donuts  —  I didn't believe this story when people first started emailing about it; but sure enough, its true.  Dunkin Donuts, the venerable old fried dough seller, is the latest American firm to casually promote the symbol of Palestinian terrorism and the intifada …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Michelle Malkin:
Of donuts and dumb celebrities
Discussion: Wonkette
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain: ‘I Recieved The Highest Award From Literally Every Veterans Organization In America’  —  Yesterday, the Senate voted 75-22 to pass Sen. Jim Webb's (D-VA) 21st Century GI Bill, in a rebuke to President Bush, who opposes the measure.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) skipped the vote to hold …
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Marc Ambinder:
McCain's Health Records  —  The Washington Post's Michael Shear passes along the following pool report.  —  Read it after the jump.
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Joseph R. Biden Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans and Our Enemies  —  On Wednesday, Joe Lieberman wrote on this page that the Democratic Party he and I grew up in has drifted far from the foreign policy espoused by Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy.  —  In fact, it is the policies that President George W. Bush has pursued …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Pennsylvania Presidential Election  —  Pennsylvania: Obama 45% McCain 43%  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Pennsylvania finds Barack Obama attracting 45% of the vote while John McCain earns 43%.  See video.  —  A month ago, immediately following …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New Hampshire Presidential Election
Discussion: Daily Kos and Eunomia
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
In 2000, McCain admits he'd be too old to run in 2008  —  As McCain gets ready to release his medical records in a very limited fashion today, I've come across a clip back on 08/01/2000.  He's being interviewed by Jim Lehrer on News Hour and admits that he'd be too old to run in 2008.  —  Download |
Michael C. Bender / Palm Beach Post:
Obama's talk with The Palm Beach Post  —  BOCA RATON — Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama spent time with The Palm Beach Post this morning, talking about the impact of the Florida's primary on his race with Hillary Clinton, whether to seat the state's convention delegates and what a national catastrophe fund should look like.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TalkLeft
Los Angeles Times:
Obama says he would meet with Cuba's leaders  —  Barack Obama wants “direct diplomacy” with the Castro government in an effort to bring democracy to Cuba.  One critic calls the view “wishful thinking.”  —  MIAMI — Sen. Barack Obama called today for “direct diplomacy, with friend and foe alike …
Discussion: TalkLeft and AMERICAN DIGEST
Dennis Myers / RN&R Weekly Contents:
Being Bob Woodward  —  Bob Woodward  —  Celebrity status can interfere with a journalist doing the job, but when Robert Redford has portrayed you in a major film, there is no turning back.  The Washington Post's Bob Woodward, who was in Reno to speak to a Western Industrial Nevada scholarship dinner …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Obama to release doctor's statement
CNN:
LOU DOBBS TONIGHT
Discussion: Think Progress and Firedoglake
Jonathan Tasini / The Huffington Post:
Hillary's Demise Was All About Iraq
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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James W. Pindell / Politicker NH:
Two NH Edwards delegates back Obama
Discussion: MSNBC
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Times Poll: Californians narrowly reject gay marriage
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Apostate Lines  —  I must admit that even with my dark …
Discussion: Shakesville
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
More Than 100 Post Journalists Take Buyout