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3:15 PM ET, May 29, 2008

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Emptywheel:
George Bush Authorized the Leak of Valerie Wilson's Identity  —  Scottie McC doesn't know it yet.  But that's basically what he revealed this morning on the Today Show (h/t Rayne).  —  During the interview, Scottie revealed the two things that really pissed him off with the Bush Administration.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
McClellan: WH wanted him to stay silent  —  Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan, speaking out for the first time since publication of his searing memoir, told NBC's “Today” show on Thursday that he erroneously believed what President Bush was saying about the war but now is answering …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA BOXED IN?  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Boxing Obama in on Iraq?  Lost yesterday in the frenzy over Scott McClellan's new book was McCain's blistering attack on Obama over the fact that the Illinois senator hasn't been to Iraq since 2006.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
CNN's Yellin: Network execs killed critical White House stories  —  On Wednesday night, CNN's Jessica Yellin talked to Anderson Cooper about Scott McClellan's tell-all memoir and agreed with the former press secretary that White House reporters “dropped the ball” during the run-up to war.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
CNN/ABC reporter: Corporate executives forced pro-Bush, pro-war narrative  —  (updated below)  —  Jessica Yellin — currently a CNN correspondent who covered the White House for ABC News and MSNBC in 2002 and 2003 — was on with Anderson Cooper last night discussing Scott McClellan's book …
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Anchors & Reporters  —  Jessica Yellin is a Capitol Hill correspondent for CNN.
Discussion: Think Progress
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Jessica Yellin on CNN Says News Execs Pressured Her To Make Bush Look Good
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi vows to prevent fight at Dem convention  —  (05-28) 20:17 PDT San Francisco — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will step in if necessary to make sure the presidential nomination fight between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama does not reach the Democratic National Convention …
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Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
Pool Report of Obama Plane Press Avail  —  Barack Obama Press Avail (Flight from Denver, CO to Chicago, IL)  —  Q: When will we have a clear idea to say we've got a nominee?  —  BO: After Tuesday we will.  I think Saturday will be important, put the Michigan, Florida issue behind us.
Jim / The Politico:
Google Technorati more:  —  Hillary and Bill: EAT THIS and shut up about your Electoral College Argument Du Jour.  Somehow the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy accusation that served you so well in the 1990s has become a Vast LEFT-WING Conspiracy??  Whatever suits your purpose I guess....
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Reality Check
Discussion: Eunomia and Outside The Beltway
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
What Is Going On At Trinity Church?  —  First of all, this has nothing to do with Barack Obama but I have to ask, what in the world is going on at Chicago's Trinity Church?  This is simply outrageous:  —  I repeat, this has NOTHING to do with Barack Obama, but there is clearly something wrong at Trinity Church in Chicago.
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Michelle Malkin:
He's baaaack: Obama supporter Rev. Michael Pfleger flogs Hillary's …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
Pew Research Center:
McCain's Negatives Mostly Political, Obama's More Personal  —  Clinton Backers Cool to Obama - White Female Support in Question  —  Overview  —  As the end of the primary season draws near, Barack Obama is the clear favorite of Democratic voters for their party's presidential nomination.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Axelrod Exclusive: Obama Strategist Rips McCain, Defends Himself Against Lobbying Charges  —  stumble digg reddit del.ico.us news trust buzz up  —  Barack Obama's chief strategist leveled the campaign's harshest counterattack yet over John McCain's recent rhetoric on national security issues …
Dawn Teo / The Huffington Post:
Michelle Obama In Phoenix: “Fear Is A Useless Emotion”  —  stumble digg reddit del.ico.us news trust buzz up  —  Tuesday, George Bush and Michelle Obama each traversed McCain's home state of Arizona to raise money for the presidential election.  Bush headlined fundraisers for John McCain in Phoenix …
Washington Post:
Search Is Urged for Syrian Nuclear Sites  —  U.S. Presses U.N. on 3 Alleged Facilities  —  The Bush administration is pressing U.N. inspectors to broaden their search for possible secret nuclear facilities in Syria, hinting that Damascus's nuclear program might be bigger …
Discussion: Political Machine
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Telegraph:
Syria-bound missile components intercepted, claims US
D. Aristophanes / Sadly, No!:
Best Bitch Slap EVAR  —  Even Malkin has given up on Auschwitzgate, but Dan Riehl and his band of desperados soldier on: … Apparently, Dan-o couldn't figure out the great uncle's middle initial, so that must mean he doesn't exist.  The word went out: KERNERS ARE GO!
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Young Hillary Clinton  —  Don't play games with this one:
Discussion: Bang the Drum
Michael Luo / New York Times:
2 Senators for McCain Leave Group After Ads  —  Senators Joseph I. Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, prominent surrogates for Senator John McCain's presidential campaign, stepped down Wednesday from their positions with an independent group that released a pair of Internet advertisements attacking Senator Barack Obama on Iraq.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Obama adds another Oregon superdelegate
Discussion: TIME.com
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Mellman / New York Times:
Class Dismissed  —  DOES Barack Obama have a problem with the white working class?
Discussion: The Mahablog and Salon
Byron York / The Corner:
Webb for Veep
Discussion: American Spectator
KTFT:
Craig to write book for release next year
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
On Policy, Obama Breaks Little New Ground
Ben Adler / The Politico:
Female VP hopefuls contrast with Clinton
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Rupert Murdoch predicts landslide for Democrats
Michael Scherer / Time:
Team McCain: Ready for Prime Time?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Swampland
Deborah Charles / Tales from the Trail:
Bush's laws will be scrutinized if I become president, Obama says