Per the campaign, McCain "obviously strongly rejects" those statements -- but Ross reported that aides won't say whether McCain knew of Parsley's views before he sought the endorsement, and praised him as a "spiritual guide."
Then there's more from the Hagee files. As reported by Huffington Post's Sam Stein, Rev. John Hagee thinks Hitler was fulfilling God's will.
Friday brings the release of McCain's medical records, and this weekend brings an unusual gathering to his Arizona ranch -- one that just happens to include three names that rest high on the veepstakes short list.
Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla., Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., and former governor Mitt Romney, R-Mass., are spending part of their Memorial Day weekend in Sedona, "suggesting that [McCain] is stepping up his search for a vice-presidential candidate as the Democratic contest heads toward a conclusion," Adam Nagourney reports in The New York Times.
"Some of Mr. McCain's associates said on Wednesday that while these would not be formal interviews, the weekend would provide Mr. McCain a chance to know some of his potential running mates in a social context," Nagourney writes.
For those imagining a high-stakes version of "The Bachelor," McCain adviser Charlie Black changes the channel. "It has nothing whatsoever to do with the vice presidential selection process," Black tells ABC's Ron Claiborne. (Anyone believe he's spending a weekend with Romney purely by choice, because he likes his company?)
Romney, he of the new "Free and Strong America PAC" (to contrast with the weak-and-enslaved America lobby), says he's not too hopeful that he'll win the rose: "I think my run at public office is over," he tells Elizabeth Holmes of The Wall Street Journal. But he added: "Time will tell." (The lede captures it: "In the three months since Mitt Romney suspended his presidential campaign, the former Republican candidate has reshaped himself again [!], this time into a fervent supporter of former rival John McCain," Holmes writes.)
Other McCain weekend guests may be on the long list (as opposed to the short list): Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., former EBay Chief Executive Meg Whitman, and FedEx Corp. Chief Executive Frederick W. Smith, per the Los Angeles Times' Maeve Reston.
The weekend will be smashing success if we spend more time talking about the menu choices in Sedona than we do those medical records -- set for release "to a tightly controlled group of reporters on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend," Elisabeth Bumiller and Lawrence K. Altman write in The New York Times. Your poolers: ABC News, The Arizona Republic, The Associated Press, Bloomberg, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NBC News, Reuters, The Washington Post and maybe a newsmagazine. (Not The New York Times.)
The McCain campaign would also happily see this storyline buried: Charlie Black's "lobbying firm received millions from the brutal Angolan guerrilla leader and took advantage of Black's contacts in Congress and the White House," Michael Shear and Jeffrey Birnbaum write in The Washington Post. "Justice Department records that Black's firm submitted under the Foreign Agents Registration Act detail frequent meetings with lawmakers and their staffs and lavish spending by Black and his partners as they attempted to ensure support for Savimbi, whose UNITA movement was fighting the Marxist Angolan government."
The Obama Pivot: