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11:20 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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Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
Hillary's Bizarre RFK Comment  —  Though she has now apologized for that very strange and tasteless comment to the Argus-Leader, this was not the first time she's said it.  This from her interview with TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel, published March 6:
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Clinton regrets RFK assassination remark  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton quickly apologized Friday after citing the June 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in defending her decision to keep running for the Democratic presidential nomination despite increasingly long odds.
Rasmussen Reports:
Fewer Democrats Want Hillary to Drop Out  —  As Barack Obama inches closer to formally wrapping up the Democratic Presidential Nomination, the number of Democrats who want Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race has declined.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Get Ready, Get Set.... Parse!  —  Hillary Clinton, speaking to the editorial board of the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, rejected calls for her to exit the presiedential race, citing her husband's example (Jerry Brown was on fumes, really) and RFK's assassination in June as reasons why a premature withdrawal would be ahistorical.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and MyDD
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Are We Overreacting To the RFK Statement?  —  It turns out that Hillary Clinton said something similar regarding RFK and the 1968 race in a Time Magazine interview in March 2008, but there was not an uproar then.  Here is what she said in March: … More . . .
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Sadly, No!
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Hillary: I'm sticking around in case Obama gets shot; Update: I had Teddy on my mind, says Hillary; Update: Hillary said same thing in March; Update: No thrill up Matthews' leg; Update: RFK Jr. defends  —  Reserve judgment on this one for the time being.  Drudge is blaring it but he's knee-deep in the tank for Obama.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Political Radar
Rick Moran / Pajamas Media:
Hillary Plays the Assassination Card
Discussion: PeterDavid.net
Michelle Malkin:
Hillary's foot-in-mouth moment: Will Bobby Kennedy assassination …
Discussion: MyDD
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
IT'S CONFIRMED: Hillary invoked Bobby Kennedy's June assassination …
Discussion: Slog and Philly.com
Deacon / Power Line:   ANOTHER SILLY SEASON NON-STORY
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Clinton Apologizes After Invoking RFK Assassination To Stay In Race (UPDATED)
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Clinton says she regrets assassination reference
CNN:   Clinton apologizes for RFK assassination comment
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Clinton, Discussing Nomination Battle, Invokes R.F.K. Assassination
Discussion: TalkLeft and Stumper
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 …
Steve Benen / Crooks and Liars:   Are ‘preliminary’ talks underway?
Al Giordano / The Field:
“The Cardoza 40″: Exodus of Clinton Delegates Begins  —  The endorsement by US Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-California) of Obama today sends an extremely firm message to the Clinton campaign, and not only because he was, until today, a Clinton superdelegate.
Jeff Emanuel online:
Congressman admits Democrats “stretched the facts,” misled anti-war supporters about supposed plans for ending War  —  Congressman Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) has been a fairly undistinguished member of the House of Representatives for nearly a quarter of a century.
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Kanjorski says Dems were insincere about ending war
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: Macsmind and The Jawa Report
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Rebecca Walker / Daily Mail:
How my mother's fanatical views tore us apart  —  She's revered as a trail-blazing feminist and author Alice Walker touched the lives of a generation of women.  A champion of women's rights, she has always argued that motherhood is a form of servitude.  But one woman didn't buy in to Alice's beliefs - her daughter, Rebecca, 38.
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
McCain picks former Reagan official to head VP search  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has tapped a former Reagan administration official to head his campaign's search for a vice presidential nominee.  —  Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) told The Hill that Arthur Culvahouse …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Cindy McCain had income of $6 million in 2006  —  Cindy McCain had income of just over $6 million in 2006, largely from her control over the Arizona beer distributorship she inherited from her father.  She paid over $1.7 million in taxes.  —  Per AP, she got an extension on her 2007 returns …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:   Cindy McCain had $6 million income in 2006
 
 
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