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10:35 AM ET, May 23, 2008


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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 …
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
McCain's Second U-Turn on Immigration Reform
Discussion: Right Wing News
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.
John McCain / Real Clear Politics:
McCain Responds to Obama on Veterans Bill
Discussion: Don Surber
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
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 …
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 John McCain's presidential bid could receive a boost if additional troops are withdrawn from Iraq this fall, according to his Republican colleagues.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 …
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
More Than 100 Post Journalists Take Buyout  —  More than 100 Washington Post reporters, editors, photographers, artists and other journalists will take early retirement packages offered by the company as a way to cut costs, reducing the newsroom staff by at least 10 percent.
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Romenesko
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 …
Amanda / Think Progress:
McCain rejects Parsley's endorsement.  —  In February, Ohio televangelist Rev. Rod Parsley endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).  McCain called Parsley — who once said Allah was a “demon spirit” — his “spiritual guide.”  In an interview with the AP today, McCain finally said that he rejected Parsley's support:
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain rejects pastor's endorsement
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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Alpha Geeks  —  In 1950, Dr. Seuss published a book called “If I Ran the Zoo.”  It contained the sentence: “I'll sail to Ka-Troo, and bring back an IT-KUTCH, a PREEP, and a PROO, a NERKLE, a NERD, and a SEERSUCKER, too!”  According to the psychologist David Anderegg …
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.
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 Forsyth / Spectator:
Crewe goes bright blue, will Labour now dump Brown?  —  If on April 29th, when Labour announced the date of the Crewe and Nantwich by-election, you had told people that the Tories would win the seat by 7,860 votes you would have been laughed out of town.  This result shows just how much in politics has changed in the last few weeks.
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.
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The Politico:
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Patrick Ruffini:
Unifying Narratives Work. Microtrends Fail.
James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraq Spending Ignored Rules, Pentagon Says
Wall Street Journal:
Change You Can't Believe In  —  President Bush vetoed …
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Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
Lenoir City, Tennessee.  Jeez, I thought we'd at least have until …
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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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New York Times:
30 Former Officials Became Corporate Monitors
Discussion: Blue Jersey
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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Army Strong  —  Do you ever wonder why the U.S. Marine Corps …
Discussion: Wonkette
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Stop Yelling at Hillary to Stand Down and Start Yelling at the …