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7:45 PM ET, May 30, 2008

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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Bob Dole unloads on McClellan  —  Bob Dole yesterday sent a scalding e-mail to Scott McClellan, excoriating the former White House spokesman as a “miserable creature” who greedily betrayed his former patron for a fast buck.  —  In an extraordinary message obtained and authenticated by Politico …
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Scott McClellan / Washington Post:
Book World: ‘What Happened’  —  Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan was online Friday, May 30 at noon ET to discuss his new book, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception,” and the administration and media reactions to it.
Discussion: Emptywheel and NiemanWatchdog.org
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Scott McClellan Apologizes for Bashing Richard Clarke  —  As White House Press Secretary, McClellan Called Clarke's Book on the Bush Administration ‘Flat-Out Wrong’  —  What goes around, comes around.  —  In an encounter last night in the lobby of a New York hotel, former White House press …
CNN:
Congressman wants McClellan to testify under oath  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Bush spokesman Scott McClellan should testify under oath on Capitol Hill about his explosive new book in which he sharply criticizes his old boss, a Democratic congressman said Friday.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Perino Says White House Can Block McClellan From Testifying To Congress, But Won't Say Whether It Will  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) today announced that he and his staff were going to begin discussions with former press secretary Scott McClellan about testifying …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McClellan cocaine tale challenged
Discussion: Attackerman and Open Left
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
McClellan and Me: Why this White House Stonewaller Has No Right …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Lede
CNN:   McClellan: 'I'd be happy' to testify about Bush White House
Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
MCCAIN, THE SURGE, AND ‘VERB TENSES’  —  GREENSDALE, WI, MAY 28, 2008. … JOHN MCCAIN GOT AHEAD OF EVENTS THIS WEEK IN CLAIMING THAT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY HAS GONE DOWN TO “PRE-SURGE LEVELS” IN IRAQ.  THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR, EVEN BY THE MOST OPTIMISTIC SCENARIO.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain campaign: Don't nitpick his verb tenses  —  On a McCain campaign conference call, Senator Jon Kyl did not concede that McCain had made an error in saying, “We have drawn down to pre-surge levels,” instead accusing the Obama campaign and reporters of “trying to nitpick the tense of the verb about the surge troops being home.”
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
McCain says we're back to ‘pre-surge levels’ …
Discussion: The Jed Report
Washington Wire:
Obama Surrogates Question McCain's Understanding of Iraq
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain won't back down on surge, says he won't use Petraeus again …
Discussion: Think Progress and Political Punch
Geraldine A. Ferraro / Boston Globe:
Healing the wounds of Democrats' sexism  —  LAST YEAR at the beginning of the presidential primary season, Democrats were giddy with excitement.  Not only did we have an embarrassment of riches in our candidates but we had two historic candidacies to enjoy.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
McCain on Israel, Iran and the Holocaust  —  Two weeks ago, I spoke with Barack Obama about the Middle East, Zionism, and his favorite Jewish writers.  Since my blog is both fair and balanced, I had a lengthy conversation with Senator John McCain earlier this week about many of the same subjects.
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
House Broker  —  Nancy Pelosi doesn't like to be threatened.  —  Nancy Pelosi believes in being direct.  With the Democratic presidential contest running hot, in March a reporter with Boston TV station NECN asked the House speaker about the possibility of a dream ticket uniting Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Neil Sinhababu / Washington Monthly:
PELOSI FOREVER!....It's good to see Nancy Pelosi get some positive coverage.
Discussion: Eschaton
Michael Kinsley / Time:
Don't Link Obama to Former Radicals  —  Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, best known recently as friends of Barack Obama, disappeared in 1969 after two of their colleagues in the Weather Underground died while building a bomb.  Ayers and Dohrn spent 11 years setting off bombs and putting out statements threatening violent revolution.
Atrios / Eschaton:
Happy Suck On This Day!  —  Five years, or 10 F.U.s, ago today, America's leading foreign affairs public intellectual explained the Iraq war to us. … Five years and 10 F.U.s later, Iraqis are still sucking on it!
Argus Leader:
Clinton is top candidate for Dems  —  EDITORIAL BOARD  For the first time in memory, every state will play a role in choosing a nominee for the nation's highest office.  —  Some of those parts are small, but not ours: as one of the last two primary elections, South Dakota Democrats suddenly …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Gaffe Machine  —  For months, Barack Obama has had the image of an incandescent, golden-tongued Wundercandidate.  That image may be fraying now.  —  As smart and credentialed as he is, Sen. Obama is often an indifferent speaker without a teleprompter.
ABCNEWS:
Iraqis Protest Long-Term U.S. Military Presence  —  Thousands of Iraqis Hit the Streets for the First Significant Anti-U.S. Rally in Years  —  Thousands of Iraqis filled the streets of Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood this afternoon to demonstrate against a long-term United States presence in Iraq …
Discussion: New York Times and Firedoglake
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
McCain's Web gap is showing  —  The candidate is taking a serious drubbing on the most popular video-sharing service on the Internet — and the virtual town square for millions of young voters.  —  The video lasts just more than three minutes.  But that's long enough to raise some nasty doubts …
 
 
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:
Axelrod Misrepresents Obama's Position on the Surge
Discussion: Hot Air
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Catholic League slams priest, Obama
Discussion: Lynn Sweet, The Trail and TIME.com
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Crane Collapse Kills Two and Unsettles New Yorkers
USA Today:
Clinton: ‘Natural progression’ will bring nomination battle to an end soon
Discussion: TIME.com
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Energy—the non-issue?  —  I don't quite understand why one party …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama and Clinton About Even vs. McCain
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Horror of Tom Friedman
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
No, I'm not Chuck Todd  —  There are certain pleasures in writing anonymously.
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Ickes At The Alamo: Clinton's Delegate Counter Warns Of Defections At DNC Meeting
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Thank You, and Goodbye  —  My name is Andrew Exum …
Discussion: Attackerman and Chicago Boyz
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