"No matter the outcome of the presidential election, the contest has served to permanently vault Michelle Obama from relative obscurity to fame, as she has taken on major fund-raising and surrogate speaking roles on behalf of her husband, even phoning superdelegates to try to close the deal for him," Lynn Sweet writes in the Chicago Sun-Times. "Michelle Obama has her own chief of staff and press secretary, and campaign advance staffers handle her larger events, where she has turned out to be a significant draw in her own right."
Getting some play in Washington State: "Democrat Barack Obama was stumped this weekend when a woman asked him about cleanup at the nation's most contaminated nuclear area: the Hanford site in Washington state where scientists helped create the atomic bomb," per the AP's write-up.
The White House went nuclear on NBC News: "White House Counselor Ed Gillespie sent a scathing letter to NBC News President Steve Capus criticizing the editing of Richard Engel's interview with President Bush in the Middle East amongst other comments made on NBC News," ABC's Jennifer Duck reports. (And don't miss the fact that the letter went out as a "Setting the Record Straight" press release to the full White House press list.
Congressional races Tuesday: "Democrats are battling for the right to face Sen. Gordon Smith in Oregon and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, while Republicans are looking for a candidate to replace retiring Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.)," per The Hill's Aaron Blake.
"US Senator Edward M. Kennedy will probably remain at Massachusetts General Hospital a couple of days more while doctors try to determine the cause of the seizure he suffered Saturday, a spokeswoman said yesterday," Michael Levenson reports in The Boston Globe. "Stephanie Cutter said it is likely the 76-year-old Massachusetts Democrat will then take a few days off at his home in Hyannis Port. She said it was too soon to discuss when he might return to work; the Senate is in recess next week for the Memorial Day holiday." http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/05/20/kennedy_might_stay_at_mass_general_for_couple_of_days_more/
"I like my new name Barack Black Eagle. I mean, that's a good name." -- Barack Obama, many miles from swirling a Yuengling or rolling a gutter ball, receiving the honorary name "Awe Kooda bilaxpak Kuuxshish" from members of the Crow tribe in Montana.
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