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1:50 AM ET, May 2, 2008


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Indiana Poll Shows Clinton With Big Lead Over Obama  —  Survey Taker: Pastor Controversy Possibly Big Factor  —  INDIANAPOLIS — A statewide poll indicates a dramatic shift of support from Sen. Barack Obama to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton ahead of next week's Indiana Democratic presidential primary …
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 …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama losing support  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new national poll suggests the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is a virtual tie.  —  Forty-six percent of registered Democratic voters questioned …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Katie Escherich / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Says Calls to Drop Out Are ‘Just Idle Talk’
Discussion: The Page
Des Moines Register:
McCain fields audience question on whether he called wife an expletive  —  A widespread Internet rumor about Sen. John McCain popped up in an audience question today during the Republican presidential candidate's Iowa forum.  —  A member of the audience at the Polk County Convention Complex asked …
The Huffington Post:
Baptist Minister Asks McCain: “Did You Call Your Wife A C**t?”  (VIDEO)  —  At a town hall forum in Iowa today, Sen. John McCain was asked about a story from Cliff Schecter's controversial recent book, The Real McCain, which alleges that during a 1992 campaign stop, McCain angrily called his wife a …
Chris Dorsey / Iowa Politics: Questioner booted for rude language says he's worried by McCain's temper  —  DES MOINES — Clive businessman Marty Parrish was escorted from Sen. John McCain's town hall meeting by Des Moines police and members of the Secret Service after asking McCain if he had called his wife Cindy an expletive in 1992.
Cliff Schecter / Firedoglake:   McCain in the Membrane  —  Today an audacious member …
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 …
Peter Dreier / The Huffington Post:
Sidney Blumenthal Uses Former Right-Wing Foes To Attack Obama  —  Former journalist Sidney Blumenthal has been widely credited with coining the term “vast right-wing conspiracy” used by Hillary Clinton in 1998 to describe the alliance of conservative media, think tanks, and political operatives …
Washington Post:
An Unfinished Mission  —  Five years ago, President Bush declared the mission in Iraq accomplished.  The Post editorial board disagreed.  Here's what the board wrote on May 4, 2003.  —  The victory celebration held aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln Thursday was well-deserved …
Discussion: City Desk and Think Progress
Amanda / Think Progress:
Washington Post Editorial Board Attempts To Erase Its Pre-War Rush To Invasion
Discussion: The Raw Story
Fox News:
Clinton: I Will Not Target Sanctuary Cities
Discussion: Commentary and TalkLeft
John McCormick / The Swamp:
A downsized Thursday for Obama
Discussion: New York Times
Frazier Moore / Associated Press:
Barbara Walters reveals past affair with US senator  —  NEW YORK (AP) - entertainmentminute After three decades of keeping mum, Barbara Walters is disclosing a past affair with married U.S. Senator Edward Brooke, whom she remembers as “exciting” and “brilliant.”
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.
Associated Press:
Police: Woman believed to be ‘D.C. madam’ kills herself
Discussion: The Agitator
The Raw Story:
EXCLUSIVE: MYSTERIOUS CRIMES PLAGUE US ATTORNEY TARGETS  —  The Permanent Republican Majority Part VI  —  MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA - In two states where US attorneys are already under fire for serious allegations of political prosecutions, seven people associated with three federal cases …
Discussion: At-Largely
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What The Old Farts Don't Get  —  A reader writes:
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Caryn James / New York Times:
The Pulpit Wouldn't Be So Bully Without Them
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Christopher Dickey / Newsweek:
The Persian Gulf is more dangerous than ever. …
Richelieu / Weekly Standard Blog:
Damage Assessment  —  A few thoughts on the good Rev. Wright.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Picks Up Four New “Add-On” Super-Dels
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Hillary's Backup Plan?
Discussion: Spin Cycle
John Pomfret / Washington Post:
The Ugly Chinese  —  Move over ugly American, make room for the ugly Chinese.
Discussion: The New Republic
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
I Am Revealed as a Journalistic Malefactor!
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Breaking: ABC's ‘This Week’ holds town hall with Clinton
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Jewish supporters buying ad for Obama
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The Lincoln-Douglass Debate: Live On Fox!
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MALPRACTICE  —  I really don't get what it is with the Clinton campaign sometimes.
Marc Ambinder:
North Carolina Papers Cover Rev. Wright
Michelle Malkin:
The Michelle Obama-patented subject-changer
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Daniela Deane / Washington Post:
Rep. Fossella Arrested on Charges of Driving While Intoxicated
Associated Press:
Huckabee says Obama's former pastor needs him to lose