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11:50 PM ET, May 25, 2008


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Michael James / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton Has ‘Never Seen a Candidate Treated So Disrespectfully Just for Running’  —  ABC News' Sarah Amos reports: Former President Bill Clinton in South Dakota today delivered a harsh critique of how his wife has been treated during her presidential bid, telling the crowd that he has …
Gallup Daily: Clinton Maintains Lead Over McCain  —  Obama has 5-point lead over Clinton among Democrats  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking from May 20-24 finds Hillary Clinton maintaining a significant 49% to 44% lead over John McCain when registered voters are asked …
Discussion: TalkLeft and NO QUARTER
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Kennedy Comment Sends Clinton Into Damage Control  —  The Clinton campaign began a concerted effort over the weekend to try to “set the record straight” and contain the damage from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's comments Friday about Robert F. Kennedy.  —  In a letter to The Daily News …
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
What the FARC Was Obama Talking About?  —  “I have learned that when you are campaigning for as many months as Sen. Clinton and I have been campaigning, sometimes you get careless in terms of the statements that you make,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, said, “And I think that is what happened here.
Lauren S / Daily Kos:
FoxNews Jokes About Obama Being Assassinated (w/ video) [Updated w/ Full Segment]  —  This is going to be a brief diary but I think this video clip should be spread around to show how truly vicious those on the far right truly are and how accommodating Fox News is to this extremism.
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Live from the LP Convention: Nominating Speeches and the 2008 Candidate  —  As I walked onto the floor, one delegate ran up to me to gloat.  “Did you know that C-Span's got the only cameras here?” he asked.  “What about Bob Barr's media frenzy, huh?  If he's getting so much attention, where's all the media?”
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
PREVIOUSLY:  —  Awaiting the sixth ballot totals, but the suspense is over and everyone knows the result: Barr will be the Libertarian presidential candidate for 2008, likely with Root as his running mate.  I asked Barr if he could get the high-energy Root to switch to decaf for the general-election campaign.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
All About Eve  —  Maybe it was the proximity of Mount Rushmore and Deadwood, but something caused Hillary's inner Eve Harrington to leap out in South Dakota.  —  Venturing into Daschle-Obama territory, she inadvertently and inelegantly illuminated her thinking on why she wants to keep running as long as she can: stuff happens.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Campaign Stops
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 …
Washington Wire:
How Clinton's Comments Didn't — Then Did — Catch Fire
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Sistani Forbids Feeding Americans; Warns against Security Agreement; Hundreds of Sadrists Arrested  —  Sistani Forbids Feeding Americans;  —  Warns against Security Agreement;  —  Hundreds of Sadrists Arrested  —  Fars News reproduces in Persian on May 24, 2008, another anti-American fatwa by Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani of Najaf.
The New Republic:
The Unraveling  —  The jihadist revolt against bin Laden.  —  Within a few minutes of Noman Benotman's arrival at the Kandahar guest house, Osama bin Laden came to welcome him.  The journey from Kabul had been hard, 17 hours in a Toyota pickup truck bumping along what passed as the main highway to southern Afghanistan.
Discussion: RADAMISTO
Hillary Clinton / NY Daily News:
Hillary: Why 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.
Charles S. Johnson / Missoulian:
Lee Newspapers poll: Obama holds big edge over Clinton in Montana  —  HELENA - Barack Obama has grabbed a big lead over Hillary Clinton in Montana's June 3 Democratic presidential primary, a Lee Newspapers poll shows.  —  Obama leads Clinton by 52 percent to 35 percent among likely Democratic voters …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Truth and Chads Hang In the Balance Of ‘Recount’  —  Things are not going well for Al Gore's team, as chronicled in the HBO film “Recount,” when his longtime aide Ron Klain turns to a Democratic colleague in a bar and says: “I'm not even sure I like Al Gore.”  —  A nice cinematic moment, and a total fabrication.
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.
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Clinton looks past assassination comments  —  HORMIGUEROS, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's campaign prepared for its next big test as it tried on Sunday to move away from her controversial remarks about the assassination of Robert Kennedy 40 years ago.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obama: Clinton's RFK remark fatigue
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
The Snare of Privilege  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
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Matt / Think Progress:
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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 Daily: Obama 52%, Clinton 44%
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: Wake up America