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5:15 PM ET, May 1, 2008

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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Clinton 49%, Obama 45%  —  McCain leads Obama in general election; McCain and Clinton tied  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hillary Clinton has edged ahead of Barack Obama, 49% to 45%, in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update.  —  The four percentage point Clinton advantage …
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
AP NewsBreak: Former Democratic leader switches to Obama  —  WASHINGTON - A leader of the Democratic Party under Bill Clinton switched his allegiance to Barack Obama on Thursday and urged fellow Democrats to end the bruising nomination fight.  —  “This has got to come to an end,” …
Joseph J. Andrew / The Huffington Post:
On My Switch From Clinton to Obama  —  I have been inspired.  —  Today I am announcing my support for Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States of America.  I am changing my support from Senator Clinton to Senator Obama, and calling for my fellow Democrats across my home State of Indiana …
The Politico:
What Obama wishes he could say  —  Thrown off his game by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright uproar, Barack Obama's strongest answer to Hillary Rodham Clinton is one he won't give: Senator, do you really want to get in a contest with me over who has more unsavory personal associations?
Rasmussen Reports:
Indiana Democratic Primary  —  Indiana: Clinton 46% Obama 41%  —  Senator Hillary Clinton leads Senator Barack Obama by five percentage points in the Indiana Democratic Presidential Primary.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the state finds Clinton attracting 46% of the vote while Obama earns 41%.
Lynn Sweet:
Obama picks up 3 more Illinois superdelegates: Daley, Currie and Stroger.  —  WASHINGTON—When the Democratic Party of Illinois meet next week to finish filling out the delegate slate, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will pick up three more superdelegates, according to Steve Brown …
WRAL-TV:
Poll: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama in tight race for N.C. votes  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — It is an exciting time for North Carolina voters.  For the first time in decades, they have a say in the Democratic primary for president.  —  A WRAL news poll released Wednesday shows Barack Obama's double-digit lead …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: MCCAIN'S BUSH PROBLEM
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette
Associated Press:
‘D.C. Madam’ dead in Florida  —  Woman convicted of running $2 million prostitution ring  —  TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. - A woman convicted of running a high-end prostitution ring in Washington, D.C., committed suicide in a Florida Gulf Coast town on Thursday, police said.
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myfoxtampabay.com:
DC Madam commits suicide in Tarpon Springs  —  TARPON SPRINGS - Police were called to the home of DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey's mother on Thursday to investigate her apparent suicide.  —  Police have confirmed that the dead person is Palfrey who was 52.
tampabay.com:
D.C. Madam commits suicide in Tarpon Springs
CNN:
‘D.C. Madam’ believed dead
Discussion: Shakesville
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Obama's Misplay  —  “That is just terrible, absolutely dreadful,” a prominent supporter of Barack Obama said Monday morning after listening to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's screed at the National Press Club.  He proposed to me that the presidential candidate at long last must denounce his former pastor, unequivocally and immediately.
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Associated Press:
Huckabee says Obama's former pastor needs him to lose  —  BILLINGS, Montana: Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said Wednesday Barack Obama's bid for the White House is not being derailed because he is black, but because his former pastor does not want him to show the country's race relations have progressed.
Xan Brooks / Guardian:
Spike Lee tells US pastor to ‘shut up’
Discussion: The Corner and Don Surber
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Obama Defends Handling of Furor Over Ex-Pastor
Discussion: The New Republic
Michelle Malkin:
The Michelle Obama-patented subject-changer  —  In a pickle with your spouse over laundry you neglected to do or trash you forgot to take out?  —  Looking for an easy way to wriggle out of a tough spot with your boss?  —  Never fear.  Michelle Obama is here with her new patented subject-changer:
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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CNN:
Michelle Obama: Let's get back to issues
Discussion: TownHall Blog and New York Times
Daniela Deane / Washington Post:
Rep. Fossella Arrested on Charges of Driving While Intoxicated  —  Rep. Vito J. Fossella (R-N.Y.) was arrested overnight in Alexandria and charged with driving while intoxicated, court records showed today.  —  Fossella is scheduled to appear in Alexandria General District Court on May 12 for an advisement hearing, the records said.
CNN:
Poll: Bush most unpopular in modern history  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new poll suggests that George W. Bush is the most unpopular president in modern American history.  —  A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday indicates that 71 percent of the American public disapprove …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MALPRACTICE  —  I really don't get what it is with the Clinton campaign sometimes.  Getting Joe Andrew's super-delegate endorsement is a minor coup for the Obama campaign.  It certainly gives them some help in Indiana.  But he's hardly a household name.  So why is it that when Howard Wolfson gets asked …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Wolfson: I'm Not Sure That Joe Andrew Is “Actually From Indiana”
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Aamer Madhani / The Swamp:
Murtha again plays age card on McCain  —  Rep. John Murtha is hardly a spring chicken, but it doesn't seem to keep the Pennsylvania Democrat from from tweaking the 71-year-old presumptive Republican nominee about his age.  —  During an address this morning at the liberal Center for American Progress …
Discussion: The Page
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Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain: ‘Mission accomplished’ banner not Bush's fault
Discussion: Think Progress
Mimi Hall / USA Today:
U.S. has Mandela on terrorist list  —  WASHINGTON — Nobel Peace Prize winner and international symbol of freedom Nelson Mandela is flagged on U.S. terrorist watch lists and needs special permission to visit the USA.  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls the situation “embarrassing,” and some members of Congress vow to fix it.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama in North Carolina: Where am I and when is this?  —  Mayhill Fowler starts off her Huffington Post piece yesterday by scolding the national press for its disinterest in Barack Obama's stump speeches, but may wind up regretting calling attention to them.
 
 
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Marc Ambinder:
North Carolina Papers Cover Rev. Wright
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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 Earlier Items: 
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Justice Official Who Oversees Cases On Corruption, Fraud Is Quitting
Discussion: Emptywheel, ACSBlog and Wampum
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Department of Second Guessing
Discussion: Commentary
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Let's Accept Michelle's Invitation
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Allen / CQ Politics:
Kucinich Floats Plan to Resolve Florida, Michigan Delegate Disputes
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Iowa Independent
Associated Press:
At cricket event, U.S. cheerleaders shake India's conservative values
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Charles Clover / Telegraph:
Global warming may ‘stop’, scientists predict
Matthew Price / BBC:
The man who grew a finger
Discussion: Boing Boing