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8:40 AM ET, May 1, 2008

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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ Poll: Bush a liability for McCain  —  A new poll says Bush — not Wright or Bill Clinton — is voters' main concern  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Barack Obama's ties to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright could hurt his presidential hopes.  So could his comment about “bitter” small-town America clinging to guns and religion.
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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.
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: TPM Election Central
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Clinton playing by her own set of rules
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Obama's Favorable Rating Drops
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.
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Wolcott on Progressives “Going Postal”
Washington Post:
Clinton Gas-Tax Proposal Criticized  —  A growing chorus — including a top congressional Democrat — labeled Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's proposal for suspending the federal gasoline tax ineffective and shortsighted yesterday, even as she continued to paint Sen. Barack Obama as insensitive to drivers' woes for not endorsing the plan.
New York Times:
A Strained Wright-Obama Bond Finally Snaps  —  Late Monday night, in the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C., Barack Obama's long, slow fuse burned to an end.  Earlier that day he had thumbed through his BlackBerry, reading accounts of the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.'s latest explosive comments on race and America.
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.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate 25 basis points to 2 percent.  —  Recent information indicates that economic activity remains weak.  Household and business spending has been subdued and labor markets have softened further.
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Where Were Obama's Friends?  —  It's tough being Everyman.  —  Way back when, before the angry and antic prophet Jeremiah rose to smite him, Barack Obama appeared before us as an open presidential vessel, into which many poured their political dreams.  —  Foremost were black Americans.
Discussion: Althouse and Blue Crab Boulevard
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
Spencer / Attackerman:
Hell No, No Premonition Coulda Seen This!  —  Seven months of declined U.S. casualties in Iraq are over — as even Bob Gates is acknowledging — with 48 fallen soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors taken from us in April.  McClatchy reports that two soldiers were killed in Anbar last month …
New York Times:
Loss and Furor Take Toll on Obama, Poll Finds  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama's aura of inevitability in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination has diminished after his loss in the Pennsylvania primary and amid the furor over his former pastor, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Iraq Team to Discuss Militias With Iran  —  BAGHDAD — The Iraqi prime minister is sending several senior Shiite leaders to Tehran to discuss their concerns that Iran is arming and financing militias in Iraq, senior Iraqi and American officials said Wednesday.
Eric Brewer / The Raw Story:
Raw Story reporter lifts White House veil...  I thought it was shameful that 10 days after David Barstow's NY Times article about how the establishment media colluded with the Pentagon to sell the war in Iraq and the “war on terror” to the American people by hiring the Pentagon's …
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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.
 
 
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