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by Michael O. Allen on May 22, 2008

Elections


New York Daily News
DC meeting could bring compromise on Michigan, Florida delegates
New York Daily News – 1 hour ago
Busloads of Hillary Clinton supporters will swarm a meeting next week at a DC Marriott, where Democratic Party elders hope to forge a compromise over Florida and Michigan’s now-voided convention delegates.
Video: Victory is within reach: Obama RussiaTodayObama Says Nomination ‘Within Reach’ New York Times
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PRESS TV
As host, McCain invites speculation
Boston Globe – 4 hours ago
WASHINGTON – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain plans to host three potential running mates this weekend at his ranch in Sedona , Ariz.
McCain Looks to Fill Ticket, and 3 Hopefuls Step Up New York Times
Joe Lieberman assails Barack Obama on foreign policy Los Angeles Times
Philadelphia InquirerSarasota Herald-TribuneWashington PostBBC News
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PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)
Obama at Square One in Florida
Wall Street Journal – 2 hours ago
By CHRISTOPHER COOPER TAMPA, Fla. — One of the most tantalizing electoral prizes this fall for Sen. Barack Obama may be Florida, where he is campaigning and holding fund-raisers this week after a self-imposed exile of more than six months.
Liberals work to change McCain’s image San Francisco Chronicle
McCain to look over possible ticket mates Seattle Times
Washington PostCNNSan Jose Mercury NewsReuters
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CBS News
Ron Paul surge collects more GOP convention delegates
Los Angeles Times – 1 hour ago
While the world of politics waits around for Sen. Barack Obama to finally get the message and give up his hopeless chase of the Democratic nomination for president because he lost yet another heartland state to Hillary Clinton, Texas Rep.
Drug industry contributing more to Democrats The Associated Press
McCain, Romney Tied in Florida NewsOXY
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Turkish Press
Jindal to visit McCain during holiday
The Times-Picayune – NOLA.com – 4 hours ago
By Bruce Alpert Gov. Bobby Jindal and his wife, Supriya, are among 10 couples invited to presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s Arizona home during the Memorial Day weekend, an invitation fueling speculation that Jindal is on a short
Weekend at McCain’s just the ticket? Washington Times
Is McCain’s guest list also his VP short list? Arizona Republic
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WBT
Theme Persists: Obama Outraises Clinton
New York Times – 6 hours ago
By LESLIE WAYNE Though Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton raised an impressive $21 million in April, her campaign ended the month $20 million in debt and with Senator Barack Obama more than $30 million ahead of her in cash on hand for the primary season,
In Money Chase, McCain Can Rely on Party Boost Wall Street Journal
Barack Obama Sets $55 Million Record NewsOXY
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CTV.ca
Women to the Barricades
San Francisco Chronicle – 7 hours ago
The following email leaked to us from a prominent supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton shows us firsthand the anger among the older women who are the mainstays of her campaign, and a necessary ingredient of a victory for rival Sen.
The ‘Not Clinton’ Excuse Washington Post
Hillary Clinton Thanks Saturday Night Live NewsOXY
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderEurweb.comHuffington PostSeattle Times
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TopNews
Clinton, Obama vie for superdelegates
Boston Globe – 19 hours ago
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton split Tuesday’s primaries, and so far today they have split the superdelegates who will likely determine who gets the nomination.
Democratic superdelegate Rep. Joe Courtney backs Obama Boston Herald
Superdelegate Courtney Announces For Obama Hartford Courant
Connecticut PostMSNBCAkron Beacon JournalTheDay
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Canoe.ca
Not the ticket of dreams
Boston Globe – 5 hours ago
MANY DEMOCRATS, including former New York governor Mario Cuomo on this page, have called for a Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton ticket.
What Does Hillary Want? TIME
Barack Obama Slams Clinton Amid Mississippi Voting NewsOXY
Washington PostHuffington PostVoice of AmericaABC News
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Hartford Courant
Does the Libertarian Party Matter?
Wall Street Journal – 6 hours ago
By BRUCE BARTLETT Ron Paul’s unexpected success raising money and gaining votes in the Republican primaries – running on an explicitly libertarian platform – has made the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination something worth vying for this year.
Recent Converts Are Top Contenders for Libertarian Nod CQPolitics.com
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Colorado Springs GazetteWashington PostWashington TimesNolan Chart LLC
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News Talk AM 580 WDBO
Obama rocks, rolls into state
Daytona Beach News-Journal – 4 hours ago
By JAMES MILLER KISSIMMEE — Illinois Sen. Barack Obama rolled into town Wednesday, sounding like the Democratic presidential nominee and being treated like a rock star.
Obama Introduces Himself to Florida Voters CBS News
Obama suggests halving Florida delegation Tampabay.com
Huffington PostLocal6.comMarketWatchWESH.com
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PRESS TV
Obama inspires McCain aide to step down
Los Angeles Times – 3 hours ago
Mark McKinnon, John McCain’s media strategist and a member of the close-knit circle of five top advisors to the Republican presidential candidate, says he plans to be the Arizona senator’s “No.
Keeping Vow on Obama, McCain Adviser Resigns New York Times
McCain media consultant departs The Associated Press
FOXNewsWashington PostCBS News
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NewsOXY
7 Ore. superdelegates mum on presidential choices
USA Today – 10 hours ago
Now it’s time for the seven superdelegates still uncommitted to say whether they are backing Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama for president.
Obama doubles Clinton in Wash. delegates Seattle Post Intelligencer
Obama closes in on Democratic nomination The Associated Press
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Some of Sen. Clinton’s remarks about seating Mich. and Fla.
Chicago Tribune – 12 hours ago
By AP Excerpts from prepared remarks Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton made Wednesday in Florida on why the disputed Michigan and Florida primary results should count and the delegations seated at the Democratic National
Clinton Invokes 2000 in Quest for Florida Support Washington Post
Obama, Clinton signal Florida boycott over The Associated Press
Waterbury Republican AmericanPalm Beach PostRealClearPoliticsNational Review Online
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CNN Political Ticker
Lieberman Op-Ed Raises Eyebrows
Washington Post – 13 hours ago
By Shailagh Murray The Connecticut senator describes himself as an “independent Democrat,” but today on the Wall Street Journal op-ed page, Lieberman called out Sen. Barack Obama by name as one of the “old voices of partisanship and peace at any price”
Top Nebraska Dem Downplays Obama-Hagel Ticket Talk Action 3 News
Hagel Assails McCain; Lieberman Assails Obama ABC News
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Hackensack Chronicle
Foe launches age-old attack on Lautenberg
Philadelphia Inquirer – 3 hours ago
By Cynthia Burton With less than two weeks left in the edgy Democratic US Senate primary, US Rep. Rob Andrews has unveiled a television ad that spotlights the age issue in his race against US Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
GOP Senate debate tonight at Stockton Press of Atlantic City
Pennacchio eyes crossover voters in US Senate bid The Star-Ledger – NJ.com
Asbury Park PressThe Jersey Journal – NJ.comHackensack ChronicleNew Jersey Jewish News
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OPB News
Merkley hopes to ride anti-GOP tide in Ore. Senate race
KTVZ – 7 hours ago
AP – May 21, 2008 10:45 PM ET SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A day after winning the Democratic US Senate nomination, Jeff Merkley moved quickly into general election mode, linking Republican Sen. Gordon Smith to the Bush administration.
Schumer’s guys win in Kentucky, Oregon Politico
Senate Democrats gaining power News 10 Now
The Oregonian – OregonLive.comThe Register-GuardKATUCrosscut
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The Southern Ledger
Senator challenges Lunsford on issues
Kentucky.com – 3 hours ago
By Ryan Alessi Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell charged into general election mode by moving to define his opponent and by offering an issues test to his newly minted Democratic challenger, Bruce Lunsford.
Ky., Ore. voters choose US Senate candidates The Associated Press
Schumer-backed Senate Candidate Prevails In Kentucky CBS News
Huntington Herald DispatchMSNBCLouisville Courier-JournalRealClearPolitics
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Monsters and Critics.com
In photos: ‘USA Elections – Obama and Clinton May 21st’
Monsters and Critics.com – 11 hours ago
By M&C News May 21, 2008, 22:44 GMT Illinois Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at the St.
Iorio endorses Obama at rally in Tampa WMNF
Obama: ‘It’s good to be back’ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Tampa TribuneMyFox Tampa BayBradenton HeraldTampa Bay’s 10
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NewsOXY
Hillary Clinton Charges Barack Obama
NewsOXY – 2 hours ago
Hillary Clinton has accused Barack Obama of trying to keep people from voting for her as some backers have called for her to drop out of the presidential race.
President Bill Clinton Returning To SD Sunday KSFY
Presidential Campaign: SD’s Money Trail KELOLAND TV
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  • Republican presidential candidate John McCain speaks during a meeting May 20 in Miami, Florida. McCain is to meet this weekend with at least three potential vice-presidential candidates, US news media reported Wednesday.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Eric Thayer)
    Candidates seek centrist answers in Iraq AP – 2 hours, 1 minute agoWASHINGTON – Hard-core advocates for and against the Iraq war are losing leverage as John McCain and Barack Obama, having virtually secured their nominations, appeal to centrist voters who will decide the fall presidential election.
  • Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., arrives at a town hall meeting in Kissimmee, Fla., Wednesday, May 21, 2008.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
    Drug industry contributing more to Democrats AP – 2 hours, 20 minutes agoWASHINGTON – In a sharp reversal, drug and medical device companies are giving more money to Democrats than Republicans this election season, one more sign of the campaign difficulties the GOP could face this November.
  • In this Wednesday, May 14, 2008 file photo, Chelsea Clinton visits the Luisa Guadalupe Center for the elderly, on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Forget placards, stoic bodyguards and formal rallies. To win Puerto Rico's presidential primary, both the Clinton and Obama camps are campaigning in the boisterous, face-to-face 'boricua style' favored on this Caribbean island. (AP Photo/Ricardo Figueroa)
    Democrats adopt boisterous Puerto Rican style AP – 2 hours, 2 minutes agoSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Forget placards, stoic bodyguards and formal rallies. To win Puerto Rico’s presidential primary, both the Clinton and Obama camps are campaigning in the boisterous, face-to-face “boricua style” favored on this Caribbean island.
  • Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a town hall meeting in Kissimmee, Fla., Wednesday, May 21, 2008.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
    Obama’s outreach to US foes is questionable AP – 2 hours, 5 minutes agoWASHINGTON – Barack Obama’s willingness to meet Iranian, Cuban and other hostile leaders who would not get face time from John McCain stands as a distinctive element of his foreign policy.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama delivers a speech to supporters during a town hall meeting in Kissimmee, Florida May 21, 2008. (Scott Audette/Reuters)
    Viral e-mails attack Obama’s life story Politico – Wed May 21, 8:12 PM ETThe main obstacle standing between Barack Obama and the White House was distilled into five words by a local television correspondent in South Charleston, W.Va., earlier this month.

White House News

  • President Bush makes a statement about Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., prior to signing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Wednesday, May 21, 2008, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    Bush signs anti-discrimination bill AP – Wed May 21, 5:54 PM ETWASHINGTON – President Bush on Wednesday signed legislation to protect people from losing their jobs or health insurance when genetic testing reveals they are susceptible to costly diseases.
  • President Bush greets Olga Alonso  left, and Yamile Labrada Llanes, relatives of Cuban political prisoners, second from right, after the president spoke about Cuba, Wednesday, May 21, 2008, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    US to let Americans send cell phones to Cuba AP – Wed May 21, 5:43 PM ETWASHINGTON – President Bush announced Wednesday that people living in the United States soon will be allowed to send cell phones to Cubans on the island nation — a move that he hopes will push the communist regime to increase freedom of expression for Cuban citizens.
  • A farmer working on his fields in Illinois. The US Senate on Thursday passed a mammoth 290 billion dollar farm bill with a veto-proof majority, which includes subsidies for farmers and help with food bills for the needy as prices rise.(AFP/Getty Images/File)
    Bush vetoes farm bill AP – Wed May 21, 3:27 PM ETWASHINGTON – President Bush vetoed the $300 billion farm bill on Wednesday, calling it a tax increase on regular Americans at a time of high food prices in the face of a near-certain override by Congress.
  • Bush heading to Europe in June AP – Tue May 20, 4:55 PM ETWASHINGTON – President Bush, traveling abroad more this year than at any time of his presidency, plans to head to Europe in June to confer with allies on matters of war, terrorism and trade.
  • US President George W. Bush, seen here at the Sharm el-Sheikh International Congress Center on May 18, 2008, will attend an EU-US summit in Slovenia in June as part of a European tour including stops in Germany, Italy, the Vatican, France and Britain, the White House announced Tuesday.(AFP/File/Jim Watson)
    White House denies story about attacking Iran AP – Tue May 20, 4:00 PM ETWASHINGTON – The White House on Tuesday denied a published report in Israel that said President Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his term in January.

U.S. Congress News

  • This combination of 3 file photos shows, from left: Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, D-Mass., Edward Kennedy Jr., and Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I. People in Massachusetts suddenly are thinking the unthinkable: Who possibly could succeed Sen. Edward Kennedy, patriarch of the famed political family that has dominated the state for more than four decades? (AP Photos)
    Thinking the unthinkable: Who follows Ted Kennedy? AP – 6 minutes agoWASHINGTON – People in Massachusetts suddenly are thinking the unthinkable: Who possibly could succeed Sen. Edward Kennedy, patriarch of the famed political family that has dominated the state for more than four decades?
  • Veteran US Senator Edward Kennedy (seen here earlier this year) has left hospital giving a thumbs up to waiting supporters a day after doctors announced he had a malignant brain tumor.(AFP/File/Paul J. Richards)
    Kennedy illness robs Senate of dealmaker AP – 57 minutes agoWASHINGTON – Sen. Edward Kennedy’s diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor has left Congress without its best dealmaker and boldest liberal, a politician known for his staunch positions and willingness to work with right-wing lawmakers.
  • Budget Director Jim Nussle briefs reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2008. President Bush vetoed the $300 billion farm bill on Wednesday, calling it a tax increase on regular Americans at a time of high food prices in the face of a near-certain override by Congress. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    After gaffe, Democrats planning to redo farm bill AP – 1 hour, 1 minute agoWASHINGTON – Democrats are picking up the pieces after an embarrassing technical gaffe that delayed a triumphant rejection of President Bush’s veto of a massive farm bill.
  • Mix-up throws House veto override in doubt AP – 1 hour, 42 minutes agoWASHINGTON – The House overwhelmingly rejected President Bush’s veto Wednesday of a $290 billion farm bill, but what should have been a stinging defeat for the president became an embarrassment for Democrats.
  • In this Thursday, April 10, 2008 file photo, Gen. David Petraeus, left, listens to Ambassador Ryan Crocker, right, during a news conference in Washington. The position of Gen. David Petraeus, nominated to assume control of U.S. forces in the Middle East, and Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, picked to replace Petraeus as the top commander in Iraq, all but guarantees that some 140,000 troops will be committed in Iraq for the remainder of the year. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
    Top Iraq generals defend pause in troop reductions AP – 1 hour, 54 minutes agoWASHINGTON – The U.S. must be careful not to withdraw forces from Iraq too quickly because security gains could be lost, warn the nation’s top two war generals.

U.S. Government News

  • Report says more kids drowning in pools, spas AP – Wed May 21, 9:03 PM ETWASHINGTON – A month before summer begins, a government report shows an increase in the number of children who drown in pools and spas.
  • In this Jan. 19, 2007, file photo, a Motorola Razr cell phone is seen at a consumer electronics store, in Gloucester, Mass. The U.S. government is quietly negotiating to help cell phone customers avoid expensive fees when they cancel contracts with wireless companies, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)
    Plan to trim cell phone cancellation fees draws criticism AP – Wed May 21, 6:11 PM ETWASHINGTON – A wireless industry proposal under consideration by the government that would make it easier for cell phone customers to break up with their service providers was met with withering criticism by consumer advocates on Wednesday.
  • A pedestrian passes in front of the Federal Reserve Building in Washington January 22, 2008. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
    Fed sees slower growth, higher unemployment in `08 AP – Wed May 21, 2:11 PM ETWASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve on Wednesday sharply lowered its projection for economic growth this year, citing blows from the housing and credit debacles along with zooming energy prices. It also expects higher unemployment and inflation.
  • Government ads to show consumers how hospitals rate AP – Wed May 21, 12:34 AM ETWASHINGTON – The federal government is spending nearly $1.9 million on newspaper ads around the country that disclose hospital satisfaction rates, part of a unique campaign to improve health care through the power of publicity.
  • Feds help ailing student loan program AP – Tue May 20, 7:48 PM ETWASHINGTON – The Bush administration is taking steps to ensure student lenders don’t walk away from the federal loan program, including offering to buy up student loans and make capital available to lenders.

World Politics News

  • A Merrill Lynch sign is seen in Toronto, April 29, 2008. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
    Merrill restarts talks to move to WTC site: WSJ Reuters – Thu May 22, 2:14 AM ET(Reuters) – Merrill Lynch & Co has restarted talks to move its headquarters to a planned skyscraper at the World Trade Center site, the Wall Street Journal said on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.
  • Group critices US military for child detentions AP – Wed May 21, 4:39 PM ETGENEVA – A rights group criticized the U.S. military Wednesday for holding hundreds of youths in Iraq, saying American forces aren’t living up to international standards.
  • Sri Lanka loses bid for UN human rights panel seat AP – Wed May 21, 4:06 PM ETUNITED NATIONS – Sri Lanka, which has been strongly criticized for its human rights record, lost its bid Wednesday for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, but four other countries with poor records won spots — Pakistan, Bahrain, Gabon and Zambia.
  • Report: Conflicts using child soldiers declines AP – Wed May 21, 7:32 AM ETUNITED NATIONS – The number of conflicts in which child soldiers were involved dropped sharply from 27 in 2004 to 17 at the end of last year, according to a report by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.
  • United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the High-Level Segment of the 7th session of Human Rights Council in the Assembly Hall at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva March 3, 2008. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
    States vie for seats on disputed UN rights body Reuters – Wed May 21, 1:21 AM ETUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Sri Lanka, Bahrain and Gabon are among states vying for 15 seats on the U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday that rights watchdogs say are unfit to be on it.

Supreme Court News

  • Ban upheld on offering child porn The Christian Science Monitor – Tue May 20, 4:00 AM ETWashington – The US Supreme Court has upheld an effort by Congress to make it illegal to offer or promote child pornography – even when the photographs being offered or promoted don’t really exist or involve real children.
  • In this Feb. 28, 2005 file photo, John Demjanjuk arrives at the federal building in Cleveland for an immigration hearing. The Justice Department said Monday May 19, 2008 that the alleged former Nazi death camp guard has exhausted all legal avenues for trying to remain in the United States and the government remains committed to deporting him.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, file)
    Court rejects case involving alleged Nazi guard AP – Mon May 19, 7:42 PM ETWASHINGTON – The Justice Department said Monday that an alleged former Nazi death camp guard has exhausted all legal avenues for trying to remain in the United States and the government remains committed to deporting him.
  • The US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 2003 law banning the promotion of child pornography, saying that the law was in line with the constitutional guarantee of free speech.(AFP/File/Tim Sloan)
    Court upholds part of child pornography law AP – Mon May 19, 6:29 PM ETWASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that leading someone to believe you have child pornography to show or exchange is a federal crime, brushing aside concerns that the law could apply to mainstream movies that depict adolescent sex, classic literature or even innocent e-mails that describe pictures of grandchildren.
  • Court upholds municipal bond tax exemption AP – Mon May 19, 5:48 PM ETWASHINGTON – The $2.5 trillion municipal bond market skirted a land mine Monday when the Supreme Court ruled that states could continue to give special tax breaks on the bonds that fund hospitals, roads, schools and other services.
  • Justices rule against man in terrorism case AP – Mon May 19, 1:11 PM ETWASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against an Algerian convicted of conspiring to detonate explosives at Los Angeles International Airport during the millenium holiday travel rush.

Most Popular Politics News

  • US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida. Obama declared he was already on the cusp of the nomination, as he traded blows in the latest foreign policy flare-up of an evolving general election battle with Republican John McCain.(AFP/Getty Images/Robert Browman)
    Viral e-mails attack Obama’s life story Politico – Wed May 21, 8:12 PM ETThe main obstacle standing between Barack Obama and the White House was distilled into five words by a local television correspondent in South Charleston, W.Va., earlier this month.
  • Mix-up throws House veto override in doubt AP – 1 hour, 42 minutes agoWASHINGTON – The House overwhelmingly rejected President Bush’s veto Wednesday of a $290 billion farm bill, but what should have been a stinging defeat for the president became an embarrassment for Democrats.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speaks at her Kentucky presidential primary night rally in Louisville, Kentucky, May 20, 2008. (Frankie Steele/Reuters)
    Clinton launches new Fla., Mich. offensives Politico – Wed May 21, 2:33 PM ETBOCA RATON, Fla. – With a bit of momentum from her landslide Kentucky victory and less lopsided Oregon loss, Hillary Clinton is turning her attention to two states that have already voted, Florida and Michigan, over two states and a territory that have yet to, South Dakota, Montana and Puerto Rico.
  • In this photo released by Warner Bros. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres welcomes presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during a taping of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at the NBC lot in Burbank, Calif.  The episode is scheduled to air on Thursday, May 22.  (AP Photo/Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)
    DeGeneres needles McCain on gay marriage AP – Wed May 21, 11:25 PM ETWASHINGTON – Republican John McCain says same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into legal agreements for insurance and other purposes, but he opposes gay marriage and believes in “the unique status of marriage between and man and a woman.”
  • Budget Director Jim Nussle briefs reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2008. President Bush vetoed the $300 billion farm bill on Wednesday, calling it a tax increase on regular Americans at a time of high food prices in the face of a near-certain override by Congress. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    Senate proposal seeks $165B for war AP – 2 hours, 42 minutes agoWASHINGTON – President Bush’s GOP allies in the Senate face election-season votes Thursday on both his long-pending war funding request and tens of billions of dollars backed by Democrats for veterans education and an assortment of domestic programs.

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