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5:35 PM ET, May 29, 2008


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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.
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
TV news under the microscope
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
CNN/MSNBC reporter: Corporate executives forced pro-Bush, pro-war narrative
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 …
Abe Greenwald / Commentary:
Pelosi Credits Iran's “Goodwill” for Surge Success  —  In an interview yesterday with the San Francisco Chronicle, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi claimed the U.S. troop surge failed to accomplish its goal.  She then partially credited the success of the troop surge to “the goodwill of the Iranians …
Sara Just / Political Radar:
Democratic Leaders Pushing to Avoid Convention Fight  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: The Democratic Party's rules and bylaws committee doesn't meet until this weekend to decide the fate of the Michigan and Florida delegations and the final Democratic primaries don't conclude until next week …
Discussion:, Spin Cycle and AMERICAblog
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.
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.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:   McCain increasingly tries to derail rival Obama
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....
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Reality Check
Discussion: Eunomia and Outside The Beltway
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
What Is Going On At Trinity Church?  —  Update (TL): The commenters here do not speak for TalkLeft or represent the views of TalkLeft, as is stated on our home page and is particularly relevant to the comments to this post by Big Tent Democrat.  —  First of all, this has nothing …
Michelle Malkin:
He's baaaack: Obama supporter Rev. Michael Pfleger flogs Hillary's …
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
CHARACTER AND THE PRIMARIES OF 2008  —  If campaigns for president are in part a battle for control of the master narrative about character, Democrat Barack Obama has not enjoyed a better ride in the press than rival Hillary Clinton, according to a new study of primary coverage …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Axelrod Exclusive: Obama Strategist Rips McCain, Defends Himself Against Lobbying Charges  —  stumble digg reddit 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 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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Mississippi Senate Special  —  Mississippi's appoints U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R) finds himself in a very tight election battle to win the job on his own.  University of Virginia's Larry Sabato has noted that this will be a “real political battle” which is “a rarity in a state that's usually red as red can be.”
Obama played hardball in first Chicago campaign  —  (CNN) — When the Democratic National Committee meets Saturday on the thorny issue of seating the Florida and Michigan delegations at its August convention, party officials will have to fashion a solution that satisfies supporters …
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Matthew Yglesias:
Why are you making me hurt you?  —  Man, this is Carville …
Discussion: Open Left
Bill Scher / Today's Ideas & Actions:
McCain'S Incoherence On Global Warming Reaches New Heights
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Cancels Schedule Tomorrow
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard Blog:
Susan Sarandon: I'm Moving Away if McCain Wins
James Fallows:
Simple comment on Jim Webb as veep
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justices Show Ability To Move to the Center
Matthew Yglesias:
Racism and the allegory of the Boston Red Sox
Washington Post:
Search Is Urged for Syrian Nuclear Sites
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Young Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Bang the Drum
Kevin Aylward / Wizbang:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin To Meet With McCain VP Search Team
Alexandra Fenwick / Stamford Advocate:
Majority whip endorses Himes but keeps presidential pick secret
Washington Post:
For McCain, A Switch On Telecom Immunity?
Michael Luo / New York Times:
2 Senators for McCain Leave Group After Ads
Ben Adler / The Politico:
Female VP hopefuls contrast with Clinton
Washington Post:
DNC Lawyers Rule Against Clinton
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Rupert Murdoch predicts landslide for Democrats