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5:40 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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Emptywheel and
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
McClellan and Me: Why this White House Stonewaller Has No Right …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Lede
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McClellan cocaine tale challenged
Discussion: Attackerman and Open Left
Congressman wants McClellan to testify under oath
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.”
Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Taylor Marsh
Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
McCain Asserts Return to Pre-Surge Iraq Troop Levels  —  Sen. John McCain has attacked Sen. Barack Obama for not traveling to Iraq to see the “facts on the ground.”  But a recent statement by McCain about troop levels has his opponents raising questions about his own knowledge.
Washington Wire:
Obama Surrogates Question McCain's Understanding of Iraq
The Star Online:
Suicide bomber kills 16 police, recruits in Iraq
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Nate /
No, I'm not Chuck Todd  —  There are certain pleasures in writing anonymously.  Particularly in the political world, where there is a whole mythology associated with anonymity — think Deep Throat or Primary Colors or Atrios.  But I'm fortunate enough to have been granted the opportunity …
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 …
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