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1:55 PM ET, May 25, 2008

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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.
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Hillary Clinton and the non-apology.
John F. Harris / The Politico:
Media hype: How small stories become big news  —  The signature defect of modern political journalism is that it has shredded the ideal of proportionality.  —  Important stories, sometimes the product of months of serious reporting, that in an earlier era would have captured the attention …
Discussion: The Fix, Washington Wire and The Trail
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Clinton's RFK remark fatigue  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Barack Obama said Saturday that he accepted rival Hillary Clinton's explanation that she made an innocent gaffe in citing Robert F. Kennedy's June 1968 assassination as a justification for continuing her long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination into June.
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
On the Road: Clinton's Very Bad Day
Discussion: Emptywheel, The Impolitic and Salon
Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
The Fallacy of Clinton's 1968 Analogy
Discussion: The Jed Report
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Trouble brewing in N.Y. for Clinton  —  Black leaders say that if Hillary Rodham Clinton returns as senator, she'll need to heal racial wounds her campaign has inflicted.  —  Even as she continues her longshot presidential bid, Hillary Rodham Clinton faces a political rift in New York …
Discussion: Corrente
Kim Chipman / Bloomberg:
Obama Asks Wesleyan Students to Serve Their Country  —  Barack Obama, standing in for Senator Edward M. Kennedy as commencement speaker at Wesleyan University, invoked the Kennedy family's legacy of public service and challenged students to look beyond material gains and work for our “collective salvation.”
NEWS.com.au:
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.
Discussion: Wake up America
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Conservatism's Safety Net  —  FDL's Thers is piling on the “has conservatism run out of ideas” bandwagon and inadvertently helped demonstrate why conservatism will never die.  —  The piece is entitled “The Autumn of Wingnuttia” and doesn't disappoint.  He dismisses “a belief in free markets …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Obama's Lobbyist Connection  —  When Illinois utility Commonwealth Edison wanted state lawmakers to back a hefty rate hike two years ago, it took a creative lobbying approach, concocting a new outfit that seemed devoted to the public interest: Consumers Organized for Reliable Electricity, or CORE.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Neil Asher Silberman / Washington Post:
Real Archaeologists Don't Wear Fedoras  —  After 17 years, Hollywood's most famous archaeologist is back in action.  Now grayer and a bit creakier, Indiana Jones is again hacking his way through thick jungles, careering wildly in car chases and scrambling through dark tunnels to snatch …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Barry Meier / New York Times:
In McCain Campaign, a Lobbying Labyrinth  —  Rick Davis, the manager of Senator John McCain's presidential campaign, is a typical Washington insider in many ways, having long worked as both a lobbyist and a political operative along the intersection of politics, policy and money.
Discussion: TIME.com and War and Piece
Matt / Think Progress:
Stephanopoulos Does What Fox News Refuses To Do, Identifies Rove As An Informal McCain Adviser  —  On ABC's This Week today, host George Stephanopoulos introduced Karl Rove as “President Bush's former deputy chief of staff and political strategist, an informal adviser to John McCain's campaign.”
 
 
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Ezra Levant:
Debating the CHRC's Ian Fine: “there can't be enough laws against hate”
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Hubris  —  If the article I post about below is an indication …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 52%, Clinton 44%
Alex Williams / New York Times:
It's Not a Campaign, It's a Mission
Sam Graham-Felsen / Barack Obama:
Renewing U.S. Leadership in the Americas
Mary Flood / Houston Chronicle:
Lawyers cry foul in FLDS seizures
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Yardley / New York Times:
Chinese Are Left to Ask Why Schools Fell
Associated Press:
Colombia Government Source Says Top Rebel Leader Is Dead
Times of London:
MI5 fears jihadis will use mentally ill as suicide bombers
Kevin Ferris / Press Association:
Protesting the Antiwar Protestors
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Flopping Aces
The Columbus Dispatch:
Rev. Rod Parsley withdraws McCain endorsement
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Good Luck to ‘War Inc.’
Discussion: AlterNet.org