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11:20 AM ET, May 25, 2008


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Thers / Firedoglake:
Late Night: The Autumn of Wingnuttia  —  George Packer's New Yorker article asking if conservatives have “run out of ideas” caused quite the stir in the Right Blogosphere this past week.  And right bloggers proved Packer wrong: as it turns out, they didn't have any “ideas” to start with.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Rush on Goldberg  —  A reader sent me this, I assume it's good-faith accurate:
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Vox Popoli
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
On the Road: Clinton's Very Bad Day  —  Friday might have been one of the worst days of Senator Hillary Clinton's political career.  Her campaign, as everyone knows, was already struggling.  But on Friday, she made a reference to Bobby Kennedy's assassination _ a terrible choice of phrase …
Discussion: Salon
Hillary Clinton / NY Daily News:
Hillary: Why do I continue to run  —  This past Friday, during a meeting with a newspaper editorial board, I was asked about whether I was going to continue in the presidential race.  —  I made clear that I was - and that I thought the urgency to end the 2008 primary process was unprecedented.
Sex swap approved for girl, 12  —  A JUDGE has allowed a 12-year-old Victorian girl to start a taxpayer-funded sex swap, despite objections from the child's father.  —  The girl has begun court-approved hormone treatment in the first step toward a complete gender switch.
Times of London:
MI5 fears jihadis will use mentally ill as suicide bombers  —  Islamic terrorists may be targeting mentally disturbed or disabled people in Britain in a bid to form a new “brigade” of home-grown suicide bombers, security officials fear.  —  MI5 and police say the case of Nicky Reilly …
Jim Yardley / New York Times:
Chinese Are Left to Ask Why Schools Fell  —  UNEQUAL DAMAGE.  —  DUJIANGYAN, China — The earthquake's destruction of Xinjian Primary School was swift and complete.  Hundreds of children were crushed as the floors collapsed in a deluge of falling bricks and concrete.
Associated Press:
Colombia Government Source Says Top Rebel Leader Is Dead  —  BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia's Defense Ministry said Saturday that it has information from various intelligence sources that the legendary leader of Latin America's largest guerrilla army is dead.
Fausta / Fausta's blog:
Colombia's big news: “Tirofijo” FARC leader ‘dead’ says military  —  FARC leader ‘dead’ says military … The cause of death sounds like one of Ace's headlines: the Colombians say that three bombing raids had targeted the area where Mr Marulanda was believed to have been staying, while the FARC (unofficialy) say it was a heart attack.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and PoliBlog (TM)
The Columbus Dispatch:
Rev. Rod Parsley withdraws McCain endorsement  —  After saying Friday that he would not withdraw his endorsement of Sen. John McCain, pastor Rod Parsley has changed his mind.  —  The pastor of World Harvest Church, in the Canal Winchester area, issued a statement almost identical …
Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
The Fallacy of Clinton's 1968 Analogy  —  Lost in the uproar over Sen. Hillary Clinton's invoking of the assassination of Robert Kennedy when explaining why her staying in the race won't hurt party unity is an actual examination of her comparison of the 2008 Democratic primary season to the one from 1968.
Discussion: The Jed Report and Firedoglake
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Good Luck to ‘War Inc.’  —  From what I'm hearing the screenings of “War Inc.” are doing very well so far this weekend.  If you're in the area, check it out.  —  This clever new movie takes the next logical step in the evolution of the Bush Doctrine.  Instead of sending the US Armed Forces …
Neil Sinhababu / Washington Monthly:
A FALSE, FALSE SENSE OF NATIONAL SECURITY SECURITY....When you say that your plan is to lull your enemy into a false sense of security, that usually means that you know you're going to lose.  Kind of like the Democrats on national security issues for the early part of this decade …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Calif. congresswoman says home sale ‘improper’  —  WASHINGTON—Rep. Laura Richardson claimed Friday that her Sacramento home was sold into foreclosure without her knowledge and contrary to an agreement with her lender.  —  She said that she is like any other American suffering …
Discussion: L.A. Land
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Nate /
Michigan: What would have happened?
Discussion: Liberal Values
Sean Wilentz / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama and the Unmaking of the Democratic Party
Kevin Ferris / Press Association:
Protesting the Antiwar Protestors
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Flopping Aces
Jupiter s Three Red Spots
Michael Goodwin / NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton's colossal blunder simply the last straw
The Daily Howler:
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
Puerto Rico Gets Its Moment in the Sun (the Political One) as Primary Nears
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Cable Prices Keep Rising, and Customers Keep Paying
Los Angeles Times:
Key Al Qaeda figure apparently died in U.S. strike in Pakistan
Donald J. Boudreaux / Wall Street Journal:
‘Nothing but Misogynists’  —  Hillary Clinton is now complaining …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
How telecoms are attempting to buy amnesty from Congress

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Andrew Buncombe / The Guardian:
A look at efforts to revive the community newspaper The Black Lens in Spokane, WA, as a printed monthly distributed by the Spokesman-Review for now

Rest of World:
A test of 11 WhatsApp-based fact-checking “tip lines” during elections in India finds long delays and inconsistencies in responses

Katie Kilkenny / The Hollywood Reporter:
Payroll provider Cast & Crew says California is disputing the common Hollywood practice of paying workers through loan-out companies instead of directly

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