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3:10 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.
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: Washington Wire
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obama: Clinton's RFK remark fatigue
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
On the Road: Clinton's Very Bad Day
Discussion: The Impolitic, Emptywheel and Salon
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: Big Brass Blog and Corrente
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.
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.”
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.”
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
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Hubris  —  If the article I post about below is an indication of the attitude that now permeates in the Barack Obama campaign, he may be headed for a hard fall.  The Obama camp seem to underestimate the divide in the Party and the strong feelings of the millions and millions of Hillary Clinton supporters.
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 …
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Toughest Summer Job This Year Is Finding One  —  TULSA, Okla. — School is out, and Aaron Stallings, his junior year of high school behind him, wanders the air-conditioned cocoon of the Woodland Hills Mall in search of a job.  —  Mr. Stallings, 18, says he has been looking for three months …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and abu muqawama
Charles S. Johnson / Missoulian:
Lee Newspapers poll: McCain favored over both Democrats in Montana  —  HELENA - Republican John McCain would defeat either Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton if the Montana election were held today, a Lee Newspapers poll shows.
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