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3:40 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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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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
MCCAIN'S FANTASY WAR ON EARMARKS  —  PORTLAND, OR, MAY 12, 2008. … JOHN MCCAIN BOASTS THAT HE CAN SAVE $100 BILLION A YEAR “IMMEDIATELY” BY ELIMINATING THE SO-CALLED EARMARKS THAT LEGISLATORS ATTACH TO SPENDING BILLS TO FINANCE PET PROJECTS, USUALLY IN THEIR HOME STATE.
Discussion: Think Progress and Cliff Schecter
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 …
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
LOU DOBBS TONIGHT
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Michael Novak / The Corner:
American Energy — and Invention
Discussion: TigerHawk
Michael C. Bender / Palm Beach Post:
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Discussion: TalkLeft and TIME.com
Jonathan Tasini / The Huffington Post:
Hillary's Demise Was All About Iraq
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Norquist likes Jindal for Veep
David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
Tell Congress To Investigate The Psyops Propaganda Generals
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BlueOregon:
Oregon Superdelegate Jenny Greenleaf: I'm for Obama
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
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
McCain Judges Obama, That ‘Young Man’
Discussion: Political Machine
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.”