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10:40 AM ET, June 3, 2008

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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama Pushes Effort to Claim Victory Tonight  —  Senator Barack Obama's campaign began a concerted effort on Monday to rally undecided superdelegates around him so he can claim the Democratic presidential nomination after the primaries end on Tuesday night.  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton …
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Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama appears headed for Democratic finish line  —  At least 25 superdelegates reportedly poised to back Illinois senator  —  TROY, Mich. - With an expected late wave of support from congressional Democrats, Sen. Barack Obama appeared poised to secure enough delegates to earn …
Discussion: The Swamp
The Politico:
Superdelegates predict quick primary end  —  As the Democratic nomination marathon neared a potential finish line, key senators said the results of Tuesday's South Dakota and Montana primaries will have a domino effect on uncommitted superdelegates - quite possibly clinching the nomination for Barack Obama.
The Hill:
Holdouts ready to choose
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and AMERICAblog
Rocky Mountain News:   Salazar says senators didn't agree on endorsement
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A Campaign to Hate  —  Wherever I go — from glittering dinner party to glittering dinner party — the famous and powerful people I meet (for such is my life) tell me how lucky I am to be a journalist in this the greatest of all presidential contests.  I tell them, for I am wont to please …
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Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Irrelevant Apologies  —  It is amazing how seriously the media …
Discussion: God-o-Meter
The Corner:
My Old Party  —  This is an astounding moment in American politics.  You cannot credibly say the Clintons are a political dynasty the way, say, the Kennedys or Bushs are.  But I think one has to say the Clinton rule of the Democratic party has been dynastic.
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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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Montana Governor, Senators Set To Jump Off Fence  —  The three highest ranking Democrats in Montana plan to wade into the Democratic presidential race as soon as the state's primary is decided tonight, according to a source familiar with the decision.  —  Gov. Brian Schweitzer …
Alisyn Camerota / Alisyn in the Greenroom:
Beckel's Obama Bombshell  —  Were you watching at 6:25 when Democratic strategist Bob Beckel dropped a bomb on us?  He said he'd heard through his political pipeline that a big shoe was about to drop on the Obama campaign.  It has something to do with Michelle Obama.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Calling Dr. Doom  —  It took Christopher Columbus about 70 days to get to the New World — a bit less than half as long as it took us to get through the 2008 primary calendar.  But by Tuesday night, we'll have reached our destination, and people in the Obama and McCain camps are feeling good about themselves.
Patrick Poole / Central Ohioans Against Terrorism:
BREAKING: Columbus Al-Qaeda cell member Christopher Paul to plead guilty!  —  UPDATE #1: Added local news video from 10TV reporter Maureen Kocot below.  —  UPDATE #2: For those not familiar with the terror problem in the Columbus area, I've also added below the 5 minute CBN News feature from last October …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and michellemalkin.com
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Ryan Squire / WCMH-TV:
COLUMBUS, Ohio— Documents filed with the US District Court …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Gateway Pundit
Marc Ambinder:
The End: How It Happens  —  Over the weekend, Sen. Hillary Clinton has told friends that she will NOT drop out today.  Again, these conversations occurred over the weekend.  —  These friends expect that she will take a few days to think about her next move.  They say she does not feel rushed and does not want to feel pressured.
Discussion: Swampland and Political Machine
CNN:
Clinton message: She'll do what it takes in November  —  NEW YORK (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton is poised to deliver a message Tuesday “that she will do whatever it takes” to put a Democrat in the White House — a message that Barack Obama insiders say indicates she would accept an offer to be Obama's running mate if asked.
Discussion: TownHall Blog, MSNBC and Pajamas Media
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Cheney Apologizes for W. Va. Incest Joke  —  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.  —  Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride tells us …
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Cheney tells West Virginia joke
Redstate:
Barack Obama sought the New Party's endorsement knowing it was a radical left organization  —  Last week we documented Obama's 1996 endorsement by the New Party: which raises the question: what is the New Party?  It's easy to allege that this group is closely tied to former communists …
Discussion: QandO and Althouse
Susan Page / USA Today:
Voter pessimism over finances likely to influence polls  —  WASHINGTON — Americans are more downbeat about their personal financial situations now than they've been in decades, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, an attitude likely to dominate this year's presidential and congressional elections.
Discussion: Associated Press and TIME.com
Jo Mannies / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mo. superdelegate supports Obama  —  State Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a national Democratic superdelegate from University City, plans to announce today that she's endorsing Barack Obama for president.  —  Chappelle-Nadal, 33, has been among six Missouri superdelegates who've remained neutral …
 
 
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The New Republic:
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The Huffington Post:
Bill Kristol At AIPAC: Obama And McCain “Don't Actually Differ” On Iran
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