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2:20 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 email 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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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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
But Is It True?  —  Leave him alone.  He wrote a book.  It is true or untrue, accurately reported or not.  If not, this will no doubt be revealed.  It is honestly meant and presented, or not.  Look to the assertions, argue them, weigh and ponder.  —  That's my first thought.
Warren Strobel / Nukes & Spooks:
Memo to Scott McClellan: Here's what happened
Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Ickes At The Alamo: Clinton's Delegate Counter Warns Of Defections At DNC Meeting  —  stumble digg reddit del.ico.us 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 …
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Los Angeles Times:
Clinton faces new pressure on 2 fronts
Discussion: Spin Cycle, AMERICAblog, CNN and MSNBC
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
High Spirits for a Battler Who Is Low on Delegates
Discussion: Political Machine and The Caucus
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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James Gerber / Political Radar:
Clinton: 'You Can't Tell How Far a Frog Will Jump Until You Punch Him'
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 …
Discussion: Attackerman and The Lede
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.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
GOP priest attacks Obama in invocation  —  Here's the video of the invocation at the New York State Republican Party dinner last night, delivered to a crowd including Rudy Giuliani and Rep. Peter King, and where Dick Cheney later spoke.  —  In it, the priest, Monsignor Jim Lisante mockingly asks God …
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 …
Lynn Sweet:
Pfleger warned about pulpit politics.  Pfleger stepped down from “Catholics for Obama.”  —  WASHINGTON — The Rev. Michael Pfleger mocked Sen. Hillary Clinton from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ — earning him a reprimand Thursday from Sen. Barack Obama as his comments threaten …
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Donklephant
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” …
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Matthew Yglesias:   Talking Points  —  Henry Farrell: … Ironic, yes.
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.
Eric Martin / Washington Monthly:
Guest: Eric Martin  —  GETTING TO KNOW YOU...Like Dr. iRack, I found Dexter Filkins' review of Patrick Cockburn's new book on Moqtada al-Sadr to be well worth the read (don't agree with everything Filkins or Cockburn write, but overall, insightful).  This is a pretty good summary …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Wonk Room
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Dexter Filkins / The New Republic:
The Wild Card  —  Muqtada: Muqtada Al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq
Discussion: abu muqawama and Obsidian Wings
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.
 
 
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League of Democracies idea gains steam
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Discussion: Cogitamus
Megan McArdle:
Long term economic assumptions
Discussion: EconLog
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Gifts That Keep on Giving
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
GOP has more time to drink at convention
Discussion: The New Republic
Pew Research Center:
McCain's Negatives Mostly Political, Obama's More Personal
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The Huffington Post:
Clinton Rally Organizers: We'll Back Obama If He's Nominee
Discussion: Bang the Drum
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GOING, GOING ...  Folks, I think we've got a live one on the line out in Colorado.
Ben / Think Progress:
CNN's Ware dissmisses McCain's challenge that Obama visit Iraq.
New York Post:
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New York Times:
How Governor Set His Stance on Gay Rights
Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Anger Simmers, As Some Democratic Bloggers Are Shut Out From the …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Reality Situation  —  You are now engaged in a campaign debate …
 

 
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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
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Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the internal upheaval at the NYT around sensitive subjects and management's push to emphasize neutrality and independence, including through probes

New York Times:
Uri Berliner's essay about NPR reignited criticism of the outlet on social media, especially by conservatives, and spurred vehement pushback from some staffers

 
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