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5:45 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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Swamp
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 …
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Clinton regrets Kennedy assassination remark  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton quickly apologized Friday after citing the June 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy as a reason to remain in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination despite increasingly long odds.
Discussion: GINA COBB and Agence France Presse
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Clinton mentions Kennedy assassination  —  Hillary Clinton appeared to raise the specter of assassination in defending her decision to stay in the Democratic race despite Barack Obama closing in on the delegate number to clinch.  —  In an interview with the editorial board of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
HILLARY INVOKES RFK ASSASSINATION
Discussion: The Corner and Swampland
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.”
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary's Top Fundraising Official Says There's “Risk” Of Obama Loss If She Isn't Invited To Be Veep  —  In a move that could foreshadow a public push from the Hillary forces to get Barack Obama to invite her on the ticket, Hillary's top campaign fundraising official said in an interview that there's a …
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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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
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.
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THE VIDEO  —  Everybody's talking about Hillary's RFK remark.  So before getting into what it means, we wanted to share the actual video with you, to draw your own conclusions ...  Late Update: Here is Sen. Clinton's statement clarifying her earlier remarks a few hours later ...
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
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 |
 
 
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CNN:
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Discussion: Think Progress and Firedoglake
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Discussion: TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
Jonathan Tasini / The Huffington Post:
Hillary's Demise Was All About Iraq
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama Makes His Pitch
BlueOregon:
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James W. Pindell / Politicker NH:
Two NH Edwards delegates back Obama
Discussion: MSNBC
David Brooks / New York Times:
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
More Than 100 Post Journalists Take Buyout