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9:05 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.
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.”
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
OBAMA SLAMS MCCAIN ON IRAQ FACTS  —  From NBC's Mark Murray and NBC/NJ's Athena Jones  —  Obama isn't expected to speak until 7:45 pm ET at a rally in Great Falls, MT. But his campaign has released excerpts of his remarks, which go right after McCain's “pre-surge levels” misstatement yesterday.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain won't back down on surge, says he won't use Petraeus again …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
McCain says we're back to ‘pre-surge levels’ …
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.
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite / Washington Post:
President, Chicago Theological Seminary  —  Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is president of Chicago Theological Seminary and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.  She has been a professor of theology at the seminary for 20 years and director of its graduate degree center for five years.
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Clinton's Last Stand; Challenges for Obama, McCain  —  (05-30) 13:16 PDT SAN FRANCISCO —  Democrats are preparing for the final curtain in a long 2008 primary drama this weekend as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a last-stand effort for the party's presidential nomination …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama plans election kick-off at GOP convention site  —  Senior political officials tell Politico's Mike Allen that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).is likely to hold a huge rally Tuesday night in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the site of the Republican National Convention from Sept. 1 to 4.
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!
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.
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 …
 
 
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Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Kerry: On Sept. 11 We Were at Peace
Discussion: A Blog For All
ABCNEWS:
Iraqis Protest Long-Term U.S. Military Presence
Discussion: New York Times and Firedoglake
John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:
Axelrod Misrepresents Obama's Position on the Surge
Discussion: Hot Air
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
McCain's Web gap is showing
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
Marine in Iraq Suspended Over Coins Quoting Gospel
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Senior McCain aides continue K Street courtship
Discussion: TIME.com
USA Today:
Clinton: ‘Natural progression’ will bring nomination battle to an end soon
Discussion: TIME.com
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama and Clinton About Even vs. McCain
 Earlier Items: 
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Horror of Tom Friedman
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
No, I'm not Chuck Todd  —  There are certain pleasures in writing anonymously.
James Gerber / Political Radar:
Clinton: 'You Can't Tell How Far a Frog Will Jump Until You Punch Him'
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
GOP priest attacks Obama in invocation
New York Post:
POLLACK WAS LOVED  —  'HE KNEW how to tell a love story.
abu muqawama:
Thank You, and Goodbye  —  My name is Andrew Exum …
Discussion: Attackerman and Chicago Boyz
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
U.S. Cites Big Gains Against Al-Qaeda