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5:10 AM ET, May 1, 2008


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CBS News:
CBS Poll: Obama Leads, But...  CBS/NY Times Poll: Obama Bests Clinton By Eight Points Among Democrats, But Clinton Fares Better In Head-To-Head With McCain  —  (CBS) Barack Obama leads Hillary Clinton by eight points among Democratic primary voters nationwide, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll.
Discussion: TalkLeft and TPM Election Central
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Obama's Favorable Rating Drops  —  Nearly half of Democrats (48 percent) think Hillary Clinton has a better chance of beating John McCain in November — 10 percentage points higher than the 38 percent who think Barack Obama can win, according to a FOX News poll released Wednesday.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Clinton playing by her own set of rules  —  Hillary Clinton leads Barack Obama in the popular vote, and this is her path to victory.  —  She will ultimately win the Democratic nomination by convincing the superdelegates that her popular vote lead makes it legitimate for them to support her.
Gallup Daily: Virtual Tie Persists in Democratic Race  —  Clinton 47%, Obama 46% in latest update  —  PRINCETON, NJ — National Democratic voters are essentially divided in their presidential nomination preferences between Hillary Clinton (47%) and Barack Obama (46%), according to April 27-29 Gallup Poll Daily tracking results.
Discussion: MyDD, Marc Ambinder and Donklephant
James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
When Democrats Go Post-al  —  The vicious Clinton-versus-Obama rupture at Daily Kos, the most activist site in the liberal blogosphere, reflects a party-wide split.  What really rankles, as Democrats tear at one another, is the free pass they've given McCain—and the White House.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Wolcott on Progressives “Going Postal”
Hotline On Call:
She Hasn't Pumped Her Own Gas In Years  —  SOUTH BEND, IN — Barack Obama wouldn't debate Hillary Clinton in a flat bed truck.  But there she was today, sitting shotgun in one, driving home the argument that her rival doesn't share her concern about the average Joe Six-pack when it comes to fuel prices.
Mark Morford / San Francisco Chronicle:
Hot!  —  Behold, the ideal Republican wife: Prim, sexless, nearly useless, lets the men do the real thinkin'.  Hot!  —  I fondly recall, just before the tragic Bush/Kerry presidential election, an impassioned discussion I had with a family friend, a conservative Catholic mother of four …
Michelle Malkin:   Laura Bush hatred at the SF Chronicle
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Radar:
Hillary's Dream Date: A Republican?  —  ABC News' Rick Klein Reports: Conspiracy theorists delight: Asked who she'd go out with on a date — with any celebrity, living or dead — and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton chose . . . a Republican.  —  Her fantasy date would be with President Abraham Lincoln …
Discussion: Redstate
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Kerry Rips MSNBC On Wright: ‘You People Need To Let Go Of This’  —  Today, John Kerry officially became the 87,436th person to receive one of the three or four versions of the same Reverend Wright question MSNBC has been asking everyone it comes in contact with, including their plants and pets.
Ali / Think Progress:
Perino Rewrites Banner: ‘Mission Accomplished For These Sailors Who Are On This Ship On Their Mission’  —  Exactly five years ago tomorrow, President Bush landed aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, stood under a banner proclaiming “Mission Accomplished,” and declared, “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.”
Paul No. 1 on  —  (CNN) — Ron Paul's loyal supporters helped him set campaign fundraising records and capture more delegates during his presidential run than some of his high-profile Republican rivals.  They even managed to briefly shut down Nevada's GOP convention earlier this month over a rules change controversy.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Donklephant
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Gen Y Speaks  —  This reader is not alone:
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Hoosier Responsible?  —  Clinton Decries China's Acquisition of Indiana Company — Ignoring Her Husband's Role in the Sale  —  As she campaigns throughout Indiana, Sen. Hillary Clinton has been talking quite a bit about Magnequench, a Valparaiso, Ind., factory that moved to China.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Is A Rockefeller/Hoyer FISA Immunity Deal Imminent?  —  According to the ACLU, there is rumor of a backroom deal being brokered by Jay Rockefeller on FISA that will include retroactive immunity.  I've heard from several sources that Steny Hoyer is doing the dirty work on the House side …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
WVWV  —  Good morning, America!  It just gets better all the time.  —  Due to the fact that I was voted favorite female blogger by people who read their site and participated in their PSA encouraging women to vote, I have been inundated with angry emails demanding that I disavow Women's Voices Women's Vote …
Sue Sturgis / Facing South:
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain blames Minnesota bridge collapse on wasted money  —  ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Republican John McCain said Wednesday that the bridge collapse in Minnesota that killed 13 people last year would not have happened if Congress had not wasted so much money on pork-barrel spending.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and Shakesville
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Discussion: Political Machine
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Attacks in Pakistan Rising, State Department Reports
Discussion: Think Progress and Truthdig
New York Times:
Primary Loss and Furor Over Ex-Pastor Hurt Obama in Poll
Bruce Wilson / Talk To Action:
McCain Endorser Pastor John Hagee: God Curse and Doom America
New York Times:
A Strained Wright-Obama Bond Finally Snaps
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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