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10:25 AM ET, May 30, 2008


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Warren Strobel / Nukes & Spooks:
Memo to Scott McClellan: Here's what happened  —  Until now, we've resisted the temptation to post on former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's new book, which accuses the Bush White House of launching a propaganda campaign to sell the war in Iraq.  —  Why?  It's not news.
Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Ickes At The Alamo: Clinton's Delegate Counter Warns Of Defections At DNC Meeting  —  stumble digg reddit news trust buzz up  —  The major dispute over the Florida and Michigan delegations to the Democratic convention in Denver has now boiled down to Hillary Clinton's demand …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
White women cold toward Obama  —  Barack Obama's favorability ratings among white women have declined significantly in recent months, particularly among Democrats and independents, presenting an immediate obstacle for the likely Democratic nominee as he moves to shore up his party's base.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Gallup Daily: Obama Back Up By Double-Digits  —  Obama, Clinton now running similarly close races vs. McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has, for the moment, re-established a double-digit lead over Hillary Clinton in national Democratic voters' nomination preferences in Gallup Poll Daily tracking, 52% to 42%.
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Bonior to represent Obama at meeting about seating delegates
Discussion: The Democratic Daily and TalkLeft
Caryn Rousseau / Associated Press:
Obama distances himself from another clergyman  —  CHICAGO - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Thursday that he was “deeply disappointed” by a supporter's sermon at his church that mocked Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  The Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Chicago activist …
Lynn Sweet:
Obama “deeply disappointed” in Father Michael Pfleger.  UPDATE Pfleger apology.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The right-wing Politico cesspool  —  Politico reporter Mike Allen, formerly of The Washington Post and Time, appeared yesterday on the show of right-wing radio host Mike Gallagher.  The two of them guffawed together at how absurd are Scott McCellan's claims that the media was “deferential” …
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
U.S. Cites Big Gains Against Al-Qaeda  —  Group Is Facing Setbacks Globally, CIA Chief Says  —  Less than a year after his agency warned of new threats from a resurgent al-Qaeda, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden now portrays the terrorist movement as essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia …
Valerie J. Nelson / Los Angeles Times:
Harvey Korman, 81; versatile Emmy-winning comedian  —  The late Harvey Korman, second from right, in a 1968 skit on “The Carol Burnett Show,” in which some shapely legs — and then their owners — are revealed to the audience.  From left, Betty Grable, Martha Raye, Jackie Gregory, Lyle Waggoner, Korman and Burnett.
abu muqawama:
Thank You, and Goodbye  —  My name is Andrew Exum, and for the past year and a half, I have had the great pleasure of editing this blog under the ridiculous pseudonym “Abu Muqawama.”  —  I started this blog as a joke - hence the tongue-in-cheek name - and have been shocked to discover …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE POLITICS OF MASCULINITY.  —  I've been sort of struggling with whether to write this post, but after Daniel Larison and Matt Stoller both toed around the point while offering their takes on Webb, I guess it's worth doing.  Let me start by saying that this isn't really about James Webb.
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 …
Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Anger Simmers, As Some Democratic Bloggers Are Shut Out From the National Convention Floor  —  After the Democratic National Committee announced last November that it was expanding its blogger-credentialing program to include those covering state and local politics, more than 400 applications poured in.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Reality Situation  —  You are now engaged in a campaign debate over whether to talk with Iran.  As I'm sure you both know, this is a political exercise that will have little relevance should you actually take office.  —  In the White House, you will find yourself spending more time on Iran than any other foreign policy issue.
Raising the Barr  —  Angry libertarians could be a problem for John McCain in November  —  ON MAY 25th a dysfunctional minor party picked a grumpy ex-Republican as its presidential candidate.  This may be just another quirk in the quirky history of the Libertarian Party.
D: Notebook:
Murdoch: Obama's a Rock Star  —  It was vintage Rupert Murdoch who appeared after dinner at D, holding back little in a wide-ranging discussion that touched on everything from his admiration for Barack Obama, Microsoft's aborted bid for Yahoo, and even U.S. energy policy toward domestic oil drilling …
John Paczkowski / D6 Highlights:
Video: Rupert Murdoch on Politics, Obama and McCain
Discussion: Guardian and
New York Times:
How Governor Set His Stance on Gay Rights  —  When David A. Paterson was growing up and his parents would go out of town, he and his little brother would stay in Harlem with family friends they called Uncle Stanley and Uncle Ronald.  —  Uncle Stanley and Uncle Ronald, he said, were a gay couple …
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Thane Rosenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
The President Has Kept Us Safe
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Campaign Jousting Returns to Iraq War
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
Wherein I Do Not Accept Crispin Sartwell's Challenge
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
McClellan's Motive  —  It's not money, according to McClellan's publisher, Peter Osnos.
Barry Schweid / Associated Press:
McCain proposal for joint action gains support
Discussion: Hot Air
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
McCollum criticizes Franken over Playboy column
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McClellan's mea culpa: Day Three
Discussion: Rough Sketch
Josh Kahn / The Next Right:
Poll: Is Our Message More Effective Without GOP Label?
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Cold or No Cold?  —  GREENDALE, Wis. — Is he sick, or not?
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
EMBRACE THE HORROR  —  There are days that I really hate politics …
Nitya / Political Radar:
Clinton Issues Post-Primary Schedule (Yes, Post-Primary Schedule)
Discussion: I Am TRex and
Shane Harris / National Journal Online:
China's Cyber-Militia  —  CHINESE HACKERS POSE A CLEAR …
Discussion: Threat Level
Kate Kelly / Wall Street Journal:
Bear Stearns Neared Collapse Twice in Frenzied Last Days
Discussion: MOMocrats and AMERICAblog
Peter Wehner / National Review:
Wehner: Scotts Truth vs. Reality
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
In Contrast With Core Hillary Message, Carville Says He Thinks Obama …
Parents say classroom sex education went too far
Discussion: Stop The ACLU

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