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6:15 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:
DNC chairman under Bill Clinton: Unite behind Obama  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A leader of the Democratic Party under Bill Clinton has switched his allegiance to Barack Obama and is encouraging fellow Democrats to “heal the rift in our party” and unite behind the Illinois senator.
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?
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 …
Katie Escherich / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Says Calls to Drop Out Are ‘Just Idle Talk’  —  Clinton on Why She'll Fight to the Finish, and Why Bill Won't Be in the West Wing  —  Hillary Clinton campaigned Wednesday in Indianapolis, on the same day that Indiana superdelegate and former Clinton supporter Joe Andrew announced …
Discussion: The Page
WRAL-TV:
Poll: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama in tight race for N.C. votes
Associated Press:
‘D.C. Madam’ dead in Florida  —  Palfrey had been convicted of running $2 million prostitution ring  —  TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. - The woman convicted of running a high-end Washington prostitution ring that snagged a senator killed herself Thursday, police said, weeks after she was convicted on charges she vowed not to go to prison for.
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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.
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Report: ‘D.C. Madam’ commits suicide
Xan Brooks / Guardian:
Spike Lee tells US pastor to ‘shut up’  —  Director Spike Lee has waded into the ongoing controversy surrounding Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago pastor whose provocative statements have proved a thorn in the side of Democrat frontrunner Barack Obama.  Lee advises the preacher to do the right thing and keep quiet.
Discussion: The Corner and Don Surber
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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.
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Obama Defends Handling of Furor Over Ex-Pastor
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
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Hillary Clinton / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama losing support
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
How to Beat Gas Tax Demagoguery  —  The Clinton and McCain campaign have defended their plant to suspend the federal gasoline tax in strikingly similar terms.  Clinton's spokesman Geoff Garin says: … And John McCain, when asked about New York Times columnist Tom Friedman's opposition to the tax suspension, replied:
Discussion: MSNBC and Wonkette
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Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Pelosi dimisses gas-tax holiday
Discussion: The Swamp
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Policy wonks v. America
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.
Pew Research Center:
Obama's Image Slips, His Lead Over Clinton Disappears  —  Public Support for Free Trade Declines  —  Summary of Findings  —  Democratic voters are not as positive about Barack Obama as they were a month ago.  Somewhat smaller percentages of Democrats describe Obama in favorable terms …
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
Joe Trippi / Campaigns and Elections' Politics Magazine:
What I Should Have Told John Edwards  —  I was sitting in a New York City restaurant with Jonathan Prince, John Edwards' deputy campaign manager, and at that moment the future of our candidate's quest for president was being decided.  —  But not by us.  All that Jonathan and I knew …
Discussion: Reason Magazine and Liberal Values
Learfield / Radio Iowa:
McCain's May Day in Des Moines  —  It's Thursday, May 1, 2008, and Republican presidential candidate John McCain is due to speak here at the Polk County Convention Complex at 2 o'clock this afternoon.  A sign on the ground floor advises “Eddie's Shoe Shine” is set up on he second floor.
Discussion: The Page
 
 
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Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Peter Dreier / The Huffington Post:
Sidney Blumenthal Uses Former Right-Wing Foes To Attack Obama
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
READING FIRST COMES IN LAST.  —  Sadly, the massive “Reading First” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
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Marc Ambinder:
North Carolina Papers Cover Rev. Wright
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama in North Carolina: Where am I and when is this?
Marc Ambinder:
A Texas Superdelegate for Obama
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
Mimi Hall / USA Today:
U.S. has Mandela on terrorist list
Charles Clover / Telegraph:
Global warming may ‘stop’, scientists predict