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9:35 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 …
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McClellan cocaine tale challenged  —  A close former aide to President Bush has come forward to emphatically rebut Scott McClellan's allegation that Bush had once said that he did not remember if he had ever used cocaine.  —  Logan Walters, who as Bush's longtime personal aide would have been present …
Discussion: Attackerman and Open Left
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 …
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 …
Congressman wants McClellan to testify under oath
CNN:   McClellan: 'I'd be happy' to testify about Bush White House
Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress and Hot Air
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.
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.
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
Neil Sinhababu / Washington Monthly:
PELOSI FOREVER!....It's good to see Nancy Pelosi get some positive coverage.
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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.
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!
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.
Sewell Chan / NYT > N.Y.:
City Room: Latest Updates  —  The city's Office of Emergency Management has provided an update about the deadly crane collapse on the Upper East Side.  City officials have confirmed that two construction workers were killed in the 8 a.m. collapse, at East 91st Street and First Avenue, and that two other people were injured.
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 …
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Kerry: On Sept. 11 We Were at Peace  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) believes that on September 11 “we were basically at peace.”  —  Asked to clarify his remarks, specifically asking about the attacks on the U.S.S. Cole during Barack Obama campaign conference call, Kerry said, “well …
Discussion: A Blog For All
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
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