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7:00 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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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 …
WRAL-TV:
Poll: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama in tight race for N.C. votes
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?
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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
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 …
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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,” …
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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Learfield / Radio Iowa:
McCain's May Day in Des Moines
Discussion: The Page
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
The Lincoln-Douglass Debate: Live On Fox!  —  Two weeks ago, publius tried to imagine what the Lincoln-Douglas Debates would have looked like had they been moderated by ABC.  I thought it was one of the funnier things I'd ever read.  It turns out, however, that in a startling breach with precedent …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
FOX News: Lincoln debated Frederick Douglass in 1858?!?
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
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 …
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain: ‘Mission accomplished’ banner not Bush's fault  —  CLEVELAND - Republican John McCain said President Bush should not be held responsible for the much-criticized “Mission Accomplished” banner five years ago, but he should be blamed for bungling the early months of the war.
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Aamer Madhani / The Swamp:
Murtha again plays age card on McCain
Discussion: The Page
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: Liberal Values and Reason Magazine
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
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Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
READING FIRST COMES IN LAST.  —  Sadly, the massive “Reading First” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
BLOOMBERG PRAISES OBAMA ON GAS TAX
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Let's Accept Michelle's Invitation
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
At cricket event, U.S. cheerleaders shake India's conservative values
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Mimi Hall / USA Today:
U.S. has Mandela on terrorist list
Charles Clover / Telegraph:
Global warming may ‘stop’, scientists predict