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Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Summons Top Donors, Supporters For Tuesday Speech  —  stumble digg reddit del.ico.us news trust buzz up  —  Hillary Clinton has summoned top donors and backers to attend her New York speech tomorrow night in an unusual move that is being widely interpreted to mean she plans to suspend her campaign and endorse Barack Obama.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton aides rallying donors, floating convention fight: “August, and no earlier”  —  A Clinton donor tells me that on a conference call today with major fundraisers this afternoon, Harold Ickes told them Clinton isn't planning to drop out.  He pressed donors to stay unified …
CNN:
Sources: Most uncommitted senators to endorse Obama  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Most of the seventeen Democratic senators who have remained uncommitted throughout the primaries will endorse Barack Obama for president this week, CNN has learned.  —  Sources familiar with discussions between Obama supporters …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
A SUPERDELEGATE FLOOD COMING?
Discussion: Open Left, Daily Kos and The Jed Report
CNN:
Bill Clinton: This could be the ‘last day’
Walter Alarkon / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:   Both Obama And Clinton To Be In NYC Wednesday
The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton: Purdum a “Sleazy” “Slimy” “Scumbag”  —  stumble digg reddit del.ico.us news trust buzz up  —  MILBANK, S.D. — Former President Bill Clinton today unleashed a salty stream of epithets to describe former New York Times reporter and current Vanity Fair writer Todd Purdum …
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Michael Luo / New York Times:   As Clinton Campaign Winds Down, a Spouse Remains Wound Up
Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER:
Michelle Obama and Louis Farrakhan Take On Whitey  —  I learned over the weekend why the Republicans who have seen the tape of Michelle Obama ranting about “whitey” describe it as “STUNNING.”  I have not seen it but I have heard from five separate sources who have spoken directly with people who have seen the tape.
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Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER:
Desperate Obama Disinformation Over Michelle “Whitey” Video  —  The Obama campaign is telling reporters from major news organizations that the videotape of Michelle Obama railing against “whitey” at a panel alongside Nation of Islam maximum leader Louis Farrakhan is nothing but a “scurrilous lie …
Discussion: Power Line and CANNONFIRE
The Campaign Spot:
Further Reasons For Skepticism on That Michelle Obama Tape  —  I hoped a tone of skepticism would permeate my earlier posts on the alleged Michelle Obama denouncing “whitey” tape.  Still, some accuse me of hyping the story.  —  The preponderance of the evidence now suggests that there's nothing there.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Liars Or Fools  —  From Crooks and Liars comes this gem from Byron York on Fox News Sunday: … Yeah, It's hard to figure out where anyone got the idea that Bush was that kind of guy.  As C&L points out: … Perhaps the most touching speech of this kind was the night of the Supreme Court decision …
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Matthew Sheffield / NewsBusters.org:
Scott McClellan Originally Planned to Attack Media, Defend Bush  —  Although today his book is being touted by left-wing reporters and pundits, his initial plans for the project show former White House press secretary Scott McClellan intended to take a much different approach …
Discussion: Redstate and Gateway Pundit
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Vindication for the Bush Critique  —  As the response to former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's new book enters its second week, the focus has shifted to the messenger rather than his message.  —  McClellan is a flawed vessel for any serious communication.
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Dick Cheney's Incest Joke Irks West Virginian Lawmakers  —  UPDATE: Vice President Dick Cheney has apologized through his spokeswoman for making an offhand joke during a speech at the National Press Club Monday stereotyping West Virginia as a state prone to incest.
CNN:
Sources: House whip, senators to back Obama  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The House majority whip and the top ranking African-American in Congress is expected to endorse Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential race on Tuesday, several sources told CNN.  —  Rep. James Clyburn has so far …
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Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
Even for McCain Crowd, Clinton's Worth a Mention  —  NASHVILLE - Senator John McCain spent so much of his appearance here at the Ryman Auditorium - one of the ancestral homes of the Grand Ole Opry - hammering Senator Barack Obama that an audience member rose during the question-and-answer session …
Discussion: The Trail
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Marc Ambinder:
Exclusive: McCain Almost Took “One-Term” Pledge  —  When he formally announced his presidential candidacy last year, Sen. John McCain was inches away from making an unprecedented pledge: if he were elected, he would serve only one term as president.  —  It could have been an earth-shifting moment for the campaign and the primary.
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Bob Barr to Stormfront: Drop Dead  —  One of the bigger media blunders the Ron Paul campaign made was its handling of endorsements from the bigots at Stormfront.  White nationalists slithered around the fringes of the Paul movement, and Paul refused to return a donation from Stormfronter Don Black …
Vanessa Colón / Fresno Bee:
Bullard High valedictorian to be deported  —  Arthur Mkoyan's 4.0 grade-point average has made him a valedictorian at Bullard High School in Fresno and qualified him to enter one of the state's top universities.  —  But while his classmates look forward to dorm food and college courses this fall, Arthur Mkoyan may not make it.
Agence France Presse:
Ahmadinejad says Israel will soon disappear … Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted on Monday that Muslims would uproot “satanic powers” and repeated his controversial belief that Israel will soon disappear, the Mehr news agency reported.  —  “I must announce that the Zionist regime …
 
 
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Andrew Coyne / Macleans.ca Blog Central:
Liveblogging the BC Human Rights Tribunal—Day I, Part II
CNN:
Byrd, 90, hospitalized, spokesman says
Discussion: Don Surber
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Ickes To Clinton Superdelegates: No Timetable
Discussion: TIME.com
Fox News:
Obama's Ex-Church Has Won $15M in Federal Grant Money
Megan McArdle:
The cultural sustainability of the welfare state
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Top Strategist Lobbied For Iran-Linked Firm
Matt / Think Progress:
Romney Criticizes Obama For Visiting Iraq Only Once, Despite …
Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain has ‘senior moment’ on the campaign trail: ‘I will win in January.’
Discussion: Oliver Willis
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda / Think Progress:
Cheney Offers False Excuse For His ‘So?’ …
Discussion: Publius Endures
Rachel La Corte / Tri-City Herald:
Another WA superdelegate endorses Obama
Karl / protein wisdom:
Andrew Sullivan suffering cognitive dissonance over Iraq, Obama
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Possible McCain SecDef questions recognition of Israel [CORRECTED]
Discussion: Charlie Rose
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Electronic Device Stirs Unease at Book Fair
Discussion: Will Wilkinson
New York Times:
The Contender  —  Q: As a decorated war hero and a former secretary …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Tuesday night in New York
Discussion: American Spectator
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Afghan insurgents ‘on brink of defeat’