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1:40 PM ET, May 5, 2008

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William Kristol / New York Times:
McCain-Jindal?  —  Barack Obama said Friday, “We've had a rough couple of weeks.”  Actually, he's had a rough couple of months.  He's lost three big primaries to Hillary Clinton.  And, should he hold on to win the nomination, he can no longer be considered a clear favorite over John McCain in the general election.
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Flap over pastor hurts Obama  —  Barack Obama's national standing has been significantly damaged by the controversy over his former pastor, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, raising questions for some voters about the Illinois senator's values, credibility and electability.
Ross Douthat:
Don't Do It, Bobby  —  Perhaps the most prescient piece I've ever written (it's a short list) was a column for the Wall Street Journal in June of '06, which urged Barack Obama to run for President - because, I argued, “in presidential politics, it's usually better to run too early than to wait …
Discussion: American Spectator
Zogby:
Zogby Poll: Obama Leads by 8 Points in NC; Race Still Very Tight in Indiana  —  Undecideds in both states remain high, as likely voters wait for last minute to commit to Clinton or Obama  —  UTICA, New York—The Democratic Party presidential contests in Indiana and North Carolina remained remarkably stable …
David Morgan / Reuters:
Obama damaged by Wright flap: USA Today/Gallup poll
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Wally Edge / Politicker MD:
Cryor, Dugas Glover to endorse Obama  —  State Democratic Party Chairman Michael Cryor and Vice Chairwoman Lauren Dugas Glover, both superdelegates, are endorsing Illinois Senator Barack Obama this afternoon, sources tell PolitickerMD.com.  —  Those close to Cryor have said he has been an Obama supporter …
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David Nitkin / The Swamp:
Obama Picks Up Maryland Superdelegates
Discussion: The Page
John Ruberry / Marathon Pundit:
Bill Ayers stepping on a US flag in 2001  —  My good friend Anne Leary of Backyard Conservative, a fabulous North Shore blogger, tipped me off to this picture, which I've heard rumors about, of Bill Ayers stepping on a US flag in 2001.  —  I believe it's from Chicago Magazine …
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Marcia Froelke Coburn / Chicago Magazine:   No Regrets  —  From our August 2001 issue: “Kill your parents! …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Weighting our final NC Poll  —  Our final North Carolina poll will be released within the next few hours.  A big decision for pollsters on this one is how to weight for race.  28% of the Democratic primary electorate in 2000 was black, and in 2004 it was 32%.  But over 40% of early voters were.
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Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
Obama's Marathon Day  —  “Between here and North Carolina …
Discussion: Wonkette
Marc Ambinder:
The Black Vote In North Carolina
Matthew Yglesias:
Outback Strikes Back  —  Ezra Klein's right to bemoan the sneering condescension in this NYT piece on suburban chain restaurants.  For me, this is made all the worse by the knowledge that the attitude of contempt is almost certainly fake.  I was actually born and raised in Manhattan …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
AND I'LL TAKE SOME CONTEMPT ON THE SIDE.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Michael Yon / NY Daily News:
In Iraq, a storm before the calm  —  April saw 49 U.S. casualties in Iraq, the highest total in seven months.  Does this mean, as some insist, that the enormous progress we have made since the start of the military surge is being lost?  —  As one who has spent nearly two years …
SurveyUSA:
Clinton Has The Hoosiers Right Where She Wants Them, 24 Hours Till Votes Are Counted  —  24 hours untill votes are counted in the Indiana Democratic Primary, Hillary Clinton defeats Barack Obama in the symbolically important popular vote, and possibly by enough to pick up more than a trivial number …
Anna Quindlen / Newsweek:
The 2008 Bench Press  —  The most important decision a president ever makes?  It's choosing a Supreme Court nominee.  Voters, take note.  —  John Roberts could probably walk through any Home Depot in the nation unnoticed.  Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton—chaos in the bathroom-vanity aisle.
Discussion: The New Republic and The Corner
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama at issue in Mississippi  —  In perhaps the toughest negative spot yet in a Mississippi congressional race where Barack Obama has become a central issue, Greg Davis accuses Travis Childers of falsely distancing himself from Obama.  —  The downside to Obama for these ads …
Discussion: The Page and TPM Election Central
New York Times:
Ruthlessness and Grit Seen in Clinton's Style  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at a campaign rally on Sunday at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.  That state and North Carolina will hold primaries on Tuesday.  More Photos >  —  JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is waving …
 
 
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Sam Harris / The Huffington Post:
Losing Our Spines to Save Our Necks
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Stephanie Gaskell / NY Daily News:
Army big: Kerik was ‘a waste of time’ in Iraq
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Governor, other top Dems call on Dann to resign
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette
Kurt Andersen / New York Magazine:
About That Crush on Obama  —  If Barack is out of touch with America …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THUMB ON THE SCALES  —  As some mix of manic euphoria …
Charles Murray / The New Criterion:
The age of educational romanticism
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City Journal:
May 1968: 40 Years Later
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHY THE GAS TAX WAS DIFFERENT.
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Glenn Thrush / Spin Cycle:
Hillary and the “Wall St. Money Grubbers”
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama's Chilly Spring
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Page
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Wright's Secret  —  There's an aspect of the Rev. Wright business …
Discussion: baldilocks
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
The Willie Horton of the 2008 Campaign?
Spencer / Attackerman:
And Then You Wonder Why They Burn Your Buildings Down
Joseph Rago / Wall Street Journal:
Dartmouth's ‘Hostile’ Environment
Discussion: Gawker, TigerHawk and Betsy's Page
Booman Tribune:
I Don't Want to Talk About the Clintons Anymore
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and CBS News