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3:50 PM ET, May 23, 2008

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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.”
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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.
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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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.
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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.
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
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 …
Associated Press:
McCain appears cancer-free, healthy  —  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.
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CNN:
McCain in ‘excellent health,’ doctor says
Discussion: Wonkette
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New Hampshire Presidential Election  —  New Hampshire: Obama 48% McCain 43%  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in New Hampshire shows Barack Obama with 48% while John McCain earns support from 43%.  —  That's quite a turnaround from a month ago when Obama trailed the Republican hopeful by ten points.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Eunomia and Politicker NH
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Pennsylvania Presidential Election
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com
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.
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.
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 …
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 |
Washington Post:
In Iraq, a Surge in U.S. Airstrikes  —  Military Says Attacks Save Troops' Lives, but Civilian Casualties Elicit Criticism  —  CAMP TAJI, Iraq — From an Apache helicopter, Capt. Ben Katzenberger's battlefield resembles a vast mosaic of tiny brown boxes.  —  “The city looks like a bucket …
Michael C. Bender / Palm Beach Post:
Obama's talk with The Palm Beach Post  —  BOCA RATON — Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama spent time with The Palm Beach Post this morning, talking about the impact of the Florida's primary on his race with Hillary Clinton, whether to seat the state's convention delegates and what a national catastrophe fund should look like.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Taylor Marsh and TIME.com
Jonathan Tasini / The Huffington Post:
Hillary's Demise Was All About Iraq  —  Most of us know now that Hillary Clinton has lost the Democratic presidential nomination race.  But, she really lost the race before she officially entered the presidential race, because of one issue, and one issue only: Iraq.
Discussion: Spin Cycle
 
 
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LOU DOBBS TONIGHT
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Michael Novak / The Corner:
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Discussion: TigerHawk
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Terms of surrender
Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
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David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
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VetsForFreedom.org:
Senator Obama: Talk to Commanders or Meet with Dictators?
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Ellen Miller / Sunlight Foundation blogs:
Like Swimming in Molasses
Hana Levi Julian / Arutz Sheva:
Gaza Schoolyard Missile Launchers Discovered
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
James W. Pindell / Politicker NH:
Two NH Edwards delegates back Obama
Discussion: MSNBC and TIME.com
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Will Sistani Declare Jihad on US?
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Apostate Lines  —  I must admit that even with my dark …
Discussion: Shakesville
New York Times:
Talking With the Enemy  —  Everybody knew President Bush …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Sex writing by Franken cited in race
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Swamp
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Alpha Geeks  —  In 1950, Dr. Seuss published a book called “If I Ran the Zoo.”