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3:12 AM ET, May 31, 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’
Discussion: Emptywheel and The American Mind
CNN:
Congressman wants McClellan to testify under oath
Fox News:
Bob Dole Calls Scott McClellan a ‘Miserable Creature’
Discussion: Hot Air
CNN:   McClellan: 'I'd be happy' to testify about Bush White House
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
McClellan and Me: Why this White House Stonewaller Has No Right …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Lede
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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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.
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   McCain won't back down on surge, says he won't use Petraeus again …
Adm. Mike Mullen / jcs.mil:
From the Chairman: Military Must Stay Apolitical
Discussion: The Caucus
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
McCain says we're back to ‘pre-surge levels’ …
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.
Discussion: TBogg and The Political Carnival
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.
The Huffington Post:
Post Updated Below  —  FOREWORD: Barack Obama and Howard Dean are about to walk into Harold Ickes' trap tomorrow, and they aren't likely to even realize their mistake until Hillary Clinton cries “foul!” next week and announces that “justice” and “voters' rights” are forcing her to carry …
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Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Clinton's ‘briar patch’ scenario
Discussion: New York Times
2008 Democratic National Convention News:
DNCC Credentials Record Number Of Blogs To Cover 2008 Democratic National Convention In Denver  —  Bloggers to Receive Unprecedented Access, Connect Diverse Communities to Historic Event  —  Progressive Community to Provide Additional Workspace, Resources for Bloggers During Convention Week
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HTML Mencken / Sadly, No!:   Thanks, DNCC … No problem!  —  See, I was gonna cut my hair …
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!
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Atrios / Eschaton:
The Horror of Tom Friedman
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Think Progress
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: USA Today and The Moderate Voice
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Catholic League slams priest, Obama  —  The Catholic League - a group dedicated to protecting the free-speech rights of Catholics “whenever and wherever they are threatened” - criticized Barack Obama sharply today for his ties to a Catholic priest who stirred controversy at Obama's home church last weekend.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McAuliffe doesn't like McClellan book, either  —  Give the Macker credit: he knows from loyalty.  —  In an interview with the multi-media Tammy Haddad for National Journal:
Discussion: Political Machine
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Former Bush donors now giving to Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Beverly Fanning is among the campaign donors who'll be joining President Bush at a gala at Washington's Ford's Theater Sunday night, but she says that won't dissuade her from her current passion: volunteering for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
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.
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Vatican says will excommunicate women priests  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican issued its most explicit decree so far against the ordination of women priests on Thursday, punishing them and the bishops who try to ordain them with automatic excommunication.
Discussion: The Corner and Whiskey Fire
 
 
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:
Axelrod Misrepresents Obama's Position on the Surge
Discussion: Hot Air
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McCain's Web gap is showing
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