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2:55 PM ET, June 1, 2008

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Todd S. Purdum / Vanity Fair:
The Comeback Id  —  Old friends and longtime aides are wringing their hands over Bill Clinton's post-White House escapades, from the dubious (and secretive) business associations to the media blowups that have bruised his wife's campaign, to the private-jetting around with a skirt-chasing, scandal-tinged posse.
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Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Hillary Clinton to be offered dignified exit  —  Hillary Clinton will be offered a dignified exit from the presidential race and the prospect of a place in Barack Obama's cabinet under plans for a “negotiated surrender” of her White House ambitions being drawn up by Senator Obama's aides.
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Pews you can lose  —  As one of the early trailblazers for the Rev Wright put it, greater love hath no man than to lay down his friends for his life.  In among all the usual presidential ditching of inconvenient associations, I can't think of anything to compare with Obama's dumping of Trinity.
Discussion: Flopping Aces, GINA COBB and Power Line
Dan Gilgoff / God-o-Meter:
Obama's Church Resignation: Not a Rebuke
Discussion: Monroe Anderson
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Obama quits Chicago church after long controversy
Washington Post:
The Iraqi Upturn  —  THERE'S BEEN a relative lull in news coverage and debate about Iraq in recent weeks — which is odd, because May could turn out to have been one of the most important months of the war.  While Washington's attention has been fixed elsewhere, military analysts have watched …
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Alexandra Zavis / Los Angeles Times:
In Iraq, month ends with lowest U.S. death toll yet  —  If no additional deaths are reported later, the U.S. military toll for May will be 19.  —  BAGHDAD — The U.S. military on Saturday announced the death of a Marine in Anbar province, as May ended with what could be the lowest monthly …
Amanda / Think Progress:
McClellan promises to donate portion of book profits to Iraq veterans.  —  Yesterday, MoveOn launched a petition calling on former White House press secretary Scott McClellan to donate the proceeds from his new book to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
McClellan Agrees To Donate Some Proceeds Of His Book To Iraq/Afghanistan Vets  —  Think Progress: … It's not all, but a portion.  However, without giving McClellan too much credit, it's a damn sight more than any other Bush administration official has done.
Discussion: Think Progress
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
McClellan: Bush should have fired Rove after leak  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush broke his promise to the country by refusing to fire aide Karl Rove for leaking a CIA agent's identity, said Scott McClellan, the president's chief spokesman for almost three years.
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
The new math in Florida and Michigan  —  After a day of wrangling in Washington, the magic number for the Democratic presidential nomination is now 2,118, and Hillary Clinton nets 24 largely symbolic votes.  —  Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee members, from left …
Discussion: Firedoglake and MyDD
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New York Times:
Democrats Approve Deal on Michigan and Florida
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Obama used party rules to foil Clinton
Discussion: Salon and New York Times
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Entitled to Their Opinions, Yes.  But Their Facts?  —  ON May 12, The Times published an Op-Ed article by Edward N. Luttwak, a military historian, who argued that any hopes that a President Barack Obama might improve relations with the Muslim world were unrealistic because Muslims would be …
Kathleen Hennessey / AOL News:
Obama picks up Nevada superdelegate  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has picked up the support of Nevada superdelegate Yvonne Gates, nudging him closer to the nomination.  —  The former Clark County Commissioner and member of the national party's Rules Committee told …
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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Matthew Stolle / Post Bulletin:
Ron Paul, Karl Rove in Rochester for state GOP convention
Discussion: Firedoglake
Fester / Newshoggers.com:
The other, other PTSD crisis
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Consumers Lean on Rebate Checks for Bills and Gas
Discussion: The Reaction
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
The Problem With the Corporate Tax
Discussion: Economist's View and Redstate
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
THE NEW MATH  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Paul Krugman:
Embedded vs. non-embedded inflation
Discussion: Economist's View
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
QUOTE OF THE DAY  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Discussion: TalkLeft