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9:45 AM ET, May 23, 2008


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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
McCain Says Immigration Reform Should Be Top Priority  —  SAN JOSE—In yet another sign of his pivoting toward the general election, Senator John McCain said at a roundtable with business leaders here today that comprehensive immigration reform should be a top priority for the next president.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
GOP: Troop cuts likely to help McCain  —  GOP Sen. John McCain's presidential bid could receive a boost if additional troops are withdrawn from Iraq this fall, according to his Republican colleagues.  —  The Arizona senator's allies said Gen. David Petraeus's remarks Thursday that he expects …
White House:
President Bush Attends Division Review Ceremony  —  THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank you for the warm welcome to Fort Bragg.  It is good to be at the home of the Airborne and Special Operation Forces.  This is my fourth visit to Fort Bragg since I have been honored to be the President.
Discussion: Attackerman and Political Machine
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Bad day for John McCain, Part II: anger management  —  When a candidate has well-known anger-management issues, he really needs to be careful about the tone of his statements.  —  Today, John McCain was one of only three Senators who failed to show up for the debate and vote on Sen. Jim Webb's improved GI Bill.
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain rejects pastor's endorsement  —  STOCKTON, Calif. - Republican John McCain on Thursday rejected endorsements from two influential but controversial televangelists, saying there is no place for their incendiary criticisms of other faiths.  —  McCain rejected the months-old endorsement …
McCain officially rejects Hagee endorsement
New York Times:
As Race Wanes, Talk of Clinton as No. 2 Grows  —  While Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her advisers insist that she is determined to win the Democratic nomination, friends of the couple say that former President Bill Clinton, for one, has begun privately contemplating a different outcome for her …
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
GROUNDSWELL OF CALLS FOR O-HILL UNION  —  Barack Obama yesterday launched his search for a running mate - as Democratic calls for a “marriage” to rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton reached new heights.  —  With the party sharply divided after a bruising primary season …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Stop Yelling at Hillary to Stand Down and Start Yelling at the Superdelegates to Stand Up  —  The dust refuses to settle on the Democratic race.  Hillary Clinton wants to cloud the issue with talk of Zimbabwe, Gore 2000, slavery, the civil rights movement, and fuzzy-math-derived popular vote totals.
Andrew Romano / Stumper:
Obama Hints at Naming Clinton to His ‘Team of Rivals’  —  BOCA RATON, Fla.—When we first mentioned the possibility on March 5, it seemed impossible.  For months, many Democrats simply laughed it off.  She'd never accept, some said.  He'd never offer, others replied.
Associated Press:
McCain appears cancer-free and healthy, medical records show  —  FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. - Three-time melanoma survivor John McCain appears cancer-free, has a strong heart and is in otherwise general good health, according to eight years of medical records reviewed by The Associated Press.
Discussion: Jonathan Martin's Blogs and MSNBC
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Growing Gaffe  —  WASHINGTON — When the House of Representatives takes up arms against $4 gas by voting 324-84 to sue OPEC, you know that election-year discourse has gone surreal.  Another unmistakable sign is when a presidential candidate makes a gaffe, then, realizing it is too egregious …
Discussion: Power Line and Soccer Dad
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
At Supreme Court, 5-to-4 Rulings Fade, but Why?  —  WASHINGTON — Where have all the 5-to-4 decisions gone?  —  And whatever happened to the “Kennedy Court”?  —  A year ago at this time, the Supreme Court had decided 13 cases by votes of 5 to 4, out of 41 total decisions.
James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraq Spending Ignored Rules, Pentagon Says  —  A Pentagon audit of $8.2 billion in American taxpayer money spent by the United States Army on contractors in Iraq has found that almost none of the payments followed federal rules and that in some cases, contracts worth millions of dollars …
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
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The Politico:
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Patrick Ruffini:
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Wall Street Journal:
Change You Can't Believe In  —  President Bush vetoed …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
Lenoir City, Tennessee.  Jeez, I thought we'd at least have until …
Discussion: baldilocks
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
The Catch  —  Both McCain and Obama are looking at Mayor Bloomberg …
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Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
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Discussion: Wonkette
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Race In Kentucky  —  From al-Jazeera (via Kos), some raw reporting …
Discussion: Bang the Drum
Katie Zezima / New York Times:
Obama to Fill In for Kennedy at Ceremony
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The Elephant in the Room: A wake-up call on gay marriage after …