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3:30 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
Scott McClellan / Washington Post:
Book World: ‘What Happened’
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.”
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Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
McCain Asserts Return to Pre-Surge Iraq Troop Levels
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Balloon Juice
Washington Wire:
Obama Surrogates Question McCain's Understanding of Iraq
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Pre-surge?  —  Here's the video of McCain saying yesterday …
Discussion: The Jed Report
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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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama and Clinton About Even vs. McCain
Discussion: The Swamp and Electoral Projection
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New York Presidential Election
Discussion: Political Machine
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'
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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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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
‘No one is above the law in Israel’
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Horror of Tom Friedman
John Hinderaker / New York Post:
W VS. TERROR: SOMETHING'S WORKING
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Probe of Crude Oil Trading Disclosed
Nitya / Political Punch:
McCain Uses Image of Gen. Petraeus in Fundraising Solicitation
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken's porn story has party in a lather
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Media Indictment: Confusing Dissent With Disloyalty
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
No, I'm not Chuck Todd  —  There are certain pleasures in writing anonymously.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GOING, GOING ...  Folks, I think we've got a live one on the line out in Colorado.
Michael Kinsley / Time:
Don't Link Obama to Former Radicals
Discussion: Donklephant and JustOneMinute
New York Post:
POLLACK WAS LOVED  —  'HE KNEW how to tell a love story.
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 …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE POLITICS OF MASCULINITY.