The Daily Five -- Goolsbee Gate Continues

1. To the best I can gather, here is what most likely happened to set off CTV's reporting that the Obama campaign is fudging the truth about its NAFTA intentions. Someone from the Canadian consul general's office in Chicago got to talking with Dr. Austan Goolsbee, he the principle economic adviser to Sen. Obama, and NAFTA came up. Mr. Goolsbee may have warned him that the rhetoric about NAFTA might be amped up and that the policy follow through might not be as drastic as the volume of the rhetoric would indicate. By no means, though, does that mean that Obama isn't serious about renegotiating the labor and environmental provisions of NAFTA -- just that, Goolsbee may well have said, Obama recognizes that the normative case for NAFTA is not as one-sided as general campaign trail bromides make it out to be.

2. Slate's Chris Beam isn't quite sure where Obama election manager David Plouffe gets some of his numbers.

3. The Hotline's Jennifer Skalka on a sublime moment of silence precipitated by this question to assembled Clinton advisers: pray tell -- when, precisely, has Sen. Clinton been tested by a foreign policy crisis?

4. This is why John McCain's campaign may hire senior -- as well as junior -- staff -- and soonish: getting endorsed yesterday by John Hagee earned him lots of tsuris and a wasted news day, and forced this apology:

"Yesterday, Pastor John Hagee endorsed my candidacy for president in San Antonio, Texas. However, in no way did I intend for his endorsement to suggest that I in turn agree with all of Pastor Hagee's views, which I obviously do not.

"I am hopeful that Catholics, Protestants and all people of faith who share my vision for the future of America will respond to our message of defending innocent life, traditional marriage, and compassion for the most vulnerable in our society."


5. Barack Obama's response to "Children" is predictable but effective.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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