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1:25 AM ET, May 29, 2008


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Ali / Think Progress:
MSNBC: White House Officals Are ‘Flat Out Angry,’ Calling McClellan ‘Traitor,’ ‘Benedict’  —  When Scott McClellan resigned as Press Secretary on April 19, 2006, his White House officials colleagues heaped praise on him: … Yet news of McClellan's tell-all book seems to have soured White House officials' impression of him.
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.
Scott McClellan / CNN:
Bartlett rips McClellan, calls allegation ‘total crap’  —  McClellan and Bartlett worked closely together in the White House.  (Getty Images)  —  Watch Dan Bartlett respond to McClellan at 4 p.m. ET on The Situation Room  —  (CNN) — Former White House counselor Dan Bartlett lashed …
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.”
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Pray for Tony Snow
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.
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 …
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) …
Gallup Daily: McCain 46%, Obama 45%
Discussion: MyDD, The Swamp and NO QUARTER
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.”
Transterrestrial Musings:
The Uncle Seems Real  —  OK, Occam's Razor would indicate that Barack Obama has a maternal great uncle (i.e., his mother's mother's brother), named Charles Payne (middle initial unclear) who served with the 355th Infantry that liberated one of the camps in the Buchenwald complex, despite previous concerns on that score.
Tuned In:
Keith Olbermann Blows Last Remaining Gasket  —  So while we were away, Sen. Hillary Clinton apparently made an ill-advised reference to the RFK assassination (and the June timing thereof) by way of explaining her continuing run in the Democratic primary.  And apparently Keith Olbermann had a thing or two to say about it:
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 …
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 …
Human Events:
Outlook  — Sen. Hillary Clinton's comment that Robert F. Kennedy's assassination in 1968 justified her staying in the presidential race was an event that crystallized the antipathy to her inside party ranks.  Even old-time Clintonites were appalled.  — The most important political impact …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
New York to Back Same-Sex Unions From Elsewhere  —  ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson has directed all state agencies to begin to revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, like Massachusetts, California and Canada.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Jim Manzi / The Corner:
Obamerica  —  I don't have a visceral reaction to Barack …
Discussion: alicublog and Power Line
Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
What Jim Webb Is Worth to Obama
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New York Times:
Obama Seeks to Clarify His Disputed Comments on Diplomacy
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
Washington Wire:
Obama's Self-Assurance Over Nomination
Discussion: TalkLeft
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New Vets for Freedom ad: When are you going to meet with Petraeus, Obama?
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Enriched Cocoa Improves Blood Flow in Diabetics
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Monkeys Control a Robot Arm With Their Thoughts
Melanie Phillips / Spectator:
The Universities' Witch-Hunt Against The Jews
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 Earlier Items: 
Cernig /
Get Well Soon, Libby!  —  Our colleague, Libby Spencer …
Discussion: Publius Endures
Marc Ambinder:
Don't Blame McCain For McCain's Predicament
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Josiah Ryan / CNSNews:
Conservatives Give Jindal Thumbs up as McCain's VP
Another Superdelegate for Obama: Wayne Kinney
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Wasserman Schultz: Judiciary Committee Willing To Arrest Rove If He Doesn't Testify
Ross Douthat:
The Case Against Webb  —  James Joyner has a good round …
Courtland Milloy / Washington Post:
Hard-Line Drug Law Threatens a Pillar of the Community
Hilary Rosen / The Huffington Post:
Why Do We Stick With Her?  —  Lately I am asked by lots of friends …