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12:45 PM 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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Shamnesty John McCain is back in full force: No, he never “got the message”  —  First, my friends, a reminder of what was printed right here on January 23, 2008: … And, now, straight from the campaign trail with Arnold “Move Left” Schwarzenegger, McCain has shed every last pretense that he …
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
McCain's Second U-Turn on Immigration Reform
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.”
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 …
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 …
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and
Chris Suellentrop / The Opinionator:
And Paul Begala for Vice President?  —  “Tucker Carlson for president?”  That's the headline at the personal blog for Brendan Nyhan, a former Spinsanity editor who is now a graduate student in political science at Duke.  Nyhan says that Carlson, the former “Crossfire” host and former writer …
Nick Gillespie / Reason Magazine:
Tucker for President?  —  The blogosphere is abuzz with rumors …
Discussion: The Agitator
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Team of Rivals  —  Yesterday Obama offered this rationale for putting Hillary on the ticket: … Lincoln needed a cabinet that could help him preserve the Union and overcome the crisis of secession.  To what crisis does Obama refer?  If he means the war in Iraq (and not his struggle with white voters) …
Discussion: Commentary
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.
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 …
James W. Pindell / Politicker NH:
Two NH Edwards delegates back Obama  —  LEBANON — Two New Hampshire delegates for John Edwards said this morning that when they go to the Democratic National Convention they will be voting for Barack Obama, has learned.  —  State Sen. Peter Burling (D-Cornish) …
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 …
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.
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.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Sex writing by Franken cited in race  —  Minnesota Republicans unleashed one of their harshest piece of opposition research yet on Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken, pointing out a 2000 column, including graphic sexual descriptions, written by Franken for Playboy magazine.
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Mary Jacoby / Wall Street Journal:
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
In 2000, McCain admits he'd be too old to run in 2008
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Michael James / Political Radar:
McCain Rejects Parsley Endorsement
Bob Johnson / Associated Press:
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Washington Post:
In Iraq, a Surge in U.S. Airstrikes
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Will Sistani Declare Jihad on US?
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Californians narrowly reject gay marriage
 Earlier Items: 
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Apostate Lines  —  I must admit that even with my dark …
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New York Times:
Talking With the Enemy  —  Everybody knew President Bush …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
At Supreme Court, 5-to-4 Rulings Fade, but Why?
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