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9:45 PM ET, May 28, 2008


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Wall Street Journal:
Scott McClellan's Confession  —  Scott McClellan worked as a loyal press spokesman for George W. Bush for eight years, ultimately becoming White House Press Secretary .  He resigned from that position in 2006, in the wake of the controversy over the Valerie Plame leak scandal.
Rich Noyes /
What Happens When the Ex-Press Secretary Doesn't Trash His Boss  —  Before Scott McClellan was President Bush's Press Secretary, there was Ari Fleischer, and when Fleischer left the White House he wrote his own book, “Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White House.”
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Scott McClellan on the “liberal media”  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  In a minimally rational world, this extraordinary passage, from the new book by Scott McClellan, would forever slay the single most ludicrous myth in our political culture: The “Liberal Media”: … Just consider how remarkable that is.
Scott McClellan / CNN:
Bartlett rips McClellan, calls allegation ‘total crap’
Discussion: SFGate, Commentary and Wonkette
Henry Blodget / The Huffington Post:   McClellan Book's Real Message: “I'm a Loser”
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Rendell: ‘Very unlikely’ Clinton will win  —  (CNN) - Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell - who has been one of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's biggest backers - said Wednesday that she would make a “far better candidate” than frontrunner Barack Obama in major swing states, but is “very unlikely” she will be the Democratic nominee this fall.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Democrats Are Advised to Seat Half of 2 States' Delegations  —  Democratic Party lawyers have determined that no more than half the delegates from Florida and Michigan can be seated at the party's August convention, dealing a blow to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's efforts to seat the full delegations from those states.
Nitya / Political Radar:
Rendell: Clinton ‘Very Unlikely’ To Win
Krissah Williams / The Trail:   Florida Voter's Lawsuit Dismissed
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Hillary Clinton's Swing-State Advantage  —  Clinton says her primary wins are indicative of general-election results  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the 20 states where Hillary Clinton has claimed victory in the 2008 Democratic primary and caucus elections (winning the popular vote) …
Mark Halperin /
Clinton's Letter to Superdelegates  —  The stakes in this election are so high: with two wars abroad, our economy in crisis here at home, and so many families struggling across America, the need for new leadership has never been greater.  —  At this point, we do not yet have a nominee …
Gallup Daily: McCain 46%, Obama 45%  —  Obama leads Clinton among national Democrats by 50% to 44%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — John McCain and Barack Obama are now virtually tied at 46% to 45% when registered voters nationally are asked for whom they would vote next November if these were the two …
Discussion: NO QUARTER, The Swamp and MyDD
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Selfless Leader's Final Appeal
Discussion: James Poulos
RNC Launches Online Clock Counting Days Since Obama's Last Visit to Iraq  —  Why Does Obama Readily Agree To One-On-One Negotiations With Ahmadinejad, But Decline One-On-One Briefings With Our Military Leaders?  —  WASHINGTON - RNC Chairman Robert M.  “Mike” Duncan released the following statement today:
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Says He Is Considering Iraq Trip  —  THORNTON, Colo. - Senator Barack Obama said today that he is considering visiting American troops and commanders in Iraq this summer.  He declined an invitation from Senator John McCain to take a joint trip to Iraq, saying: “I just don't want to be involved in a political stunt.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
Fox News:
Obama Considering Solo Trip to Iraq, After McCain Challenge  —  Barack Obama is reportedly considering a trip to Iraq, after John McCain repeatedly challenged the Democratic front-runner to join him there and see the situation on the ground before concluding that U.S. efforts have failed to get the war-torn nation back on track.
Bob Smizik / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Madden removed from air by ESPN  —  Mark Madden, who made his reputation with bold, outlandish attacks on famous people, has been permanently removed from the air by ESPN.  —  His dismissal, which came down from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., came five days after he made a scurrilous remark …
Stephen Adams / Telegraph:
John Bolton escapes citizen's arrest at Hay Festival  —  John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, has escaped an attempted citizen's arrest as he appeared at the Hay Festival.  —  George Monbiot is held off by security guards  —  Security guards blocked the path …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Wasserman Schultz: Judiciary Committee Willing To Arrest Rove If He Doesn't Testify  —  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said that the House Judiciary Committee would be willing to arrest Karl Rove if the former White House official doesn't testify about his role in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006.
Transterrestrial Musings:
Maybe He Sailed Up The Rhine  —  OK, when we last left our hero, his [uncle]great-uncle had liberated [Auschwitz]Buchenwald while in the army.  Or did he? … Hey, maybe the story is fake, but accurate.  —  You know, if I were an Obama staffer, I'd start fact checking everything he says, to try to stay ahead of the blogosphere.
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What's In a Name?  —  The Democrats may yet survive …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Is John Kerry angling to be Obama's secretary of state?
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Jeff Stier / The Politico:
Will Obama's former smoking impact health?
Discussion: The Swamp and protein wisdom
Hilary Rosen / The Huffington Post:
Why Do We Stick With Her?  —  Lately I am asked by lots of friends …