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3:40 AM ET, June 2, 2008

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The Politico:
Clinton wins big in Puerto Rico  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's decisive win in Puerto Rico demonstrated that her electoral coalition has at least temporarily survived the blow the Democratic Party dealt her campaign Saturday in denying it an infusion of delegates from Michigan.
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Clinton Wins Puerto Rico, but Her Fate Is Still Uncertain  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton won the Puerto Rico primary on Sunday, another victory for her over Senator Barack Obama in the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination.  Still, after an explosive weekend …
Fafnir / Fafblog:
The Audacity Of Hope
Discussion: The Sideshow
CNN:
Clinton focuses on popular vote after Puerto Rico win
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Clinton: ‘17 Million’  —  Clinton's new ad, airing in Montana …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Popular Vote Total After Puerto Rico
Associated Press:   Clinton wins Puerto Rico but Obama gains delegates
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:   Clinton touts popular vote lead
MSNBC:   Clinton easily wins Puerto Rico
Todd S. Purdum / Vanity Fair:
The Comeback Id  —  Old friends and longtime aides are wringing their hands over Bill Clinton's post-White House escapades, from the dubious (and secretive) business associations to the media blowups that have bruised his wife's campaign, to the private-jetting around with a skirt-chasing, scandal-tinged posse.
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Fox News:
Bill Clinton Fights Back Against Brutal Vanity Fair Article  —  The Office of President Bill Clinton responded with fury Sunday to a Vanity Fair article that attacks the former president and suggests he is out of control personally and consumed by “cavernous narcissism.”
Ross Douthat:   The Dog That Didn't Bark  —  Todd Purdum on Bill Clinton, in the forthcoming Vanity Fair:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton camp converging on New York Tuesday, and shedding staff  —  Members of Hillary Clinton's advance staff received calls and emails this evening from headquarters summoning them to New York City Tuesday night, and telling them their roles on the campaign are ending, two Clinton staffers tell my colleague Amie Parnes.
Discussion: The Field
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Al Giordano / The Field:
Puerto Rico Results Thread
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
Rev. Pfleger: “America is the Greatest Sin Against God”  —  In another excerpt from Rev. Michael Pfleger's sermon last Sunday, May 25, from the pulpit of Sen. Barack Obama's now former church, Trinity United Church of Christ on the South side of Chicago, the longtime Obama associate condemns America for racism in fairly harsh terms.
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Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER:
BREAKING NEWS: Michelle's Whitey Problem (Thread #2)  —  New and dramatic developments.  This is a heads up.  I'll post the news Monday morning by 0900 hours.  Now I know why people who have seen the videotape say it is stunning.  Barack's headaches are only starting.
Guardian:
US accused of holding suspects on prison ships  —  The United States is operating “floating prisons” to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal the numbers and whereabouts of detainees.
David Harrison / Telegraph:
Christian preachers face arrest in Birmingham  —  A police community support officer ordered two Christian preachers to stop handing out gospel leaflets in a predominantly Muslim area of Birmingham.  —  The evangelists say they were threatened with arrest for committing a “hate crime” …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The day the Democrats lost it  —  From Dana Milbank's coverage of yesterday's food fight and disenfranchisement festival:  —  The chaos and vitriol seemed to confirm Democrats' fears that they might blow an election that should otherwise be an easy victory for them.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Scripting News
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
State Dept. Reinstates Gaza Fulbright Grants  —  JERUSALEM — The American State Department has reinstated seven Fulbright grants offered to Palestinians in Gaza for advanced study in the United States, reversing a decision to withdraw the scholarships because of Israel's ban on Palestinians' leaving Gaza for study abroad.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A STRATEGIC RETREAT?  —  We wrote here about Barack Obama's Iraq dilemma.  He has ridden the Democratic Party's defeatism to a virtual lock on the Presidential nomination, even as events in Iraq have proved his defeatism wrong.  So what is he to do in anticipation of the general election …
Associated Press:
Marine, back from Iraq, shot dead in his home town  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — On leave from the violence he had survived in the war in Iraq, a young Marine was so wary of crime on the streets of his own home town that he carried only $8 to avoid becoming a robbery target.
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Paul supporters blitz state GOP conventions
Wall Street Journal:
Al Qaeda on the Run
Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
William E. Odom, 75; Military Adviser to 2 Administrations
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Scott McClellan: Rove should have been fired over his role in the Plame leak
Discussion: MSNBC and Whiskey Fire
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Francis X. Quinn / Associated Press:
Maine Democratic convention adds one delegate for Obama
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Look Who's Tough on Iran Now
Hindrocket / Power Line:
IT SOUNDED RIGHT TO THEM  —  One of the several reasons …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
McClellan Agrees To Donate Some Proceeds Of His Book To Iraq/Afghanistan Vets