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11:50 AM ET, May 1, 2008

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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.
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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 Pazniokas / Capitol Watch:
Hillary To Pick Up A Super-delegate  —  John Olsen, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO and a super-delegate, is expected to announce Thursday his support for Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  His announcement follows a commitment to Clinton by Bill George, the president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, who also is a super-delegate.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Donklephant, MSNBC and Spin Cycle
Southern Political Report:
InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Survey: North Carolina Democratic Primary: Hillary Clinton Takes Lead Over Obama  —  A survey of 571 registered likely voters in North Carolina's May 6 Democratic primary shows Sen. Hillary Clinton having moved from a double digit deficit in an InsiderAdvantage poll taken …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Clinton playing by her own set of rules
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.
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: MCCAIN'S BUSH PROBLEM  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** McCain's Bush problem: Yes, Jeremiah Wright could be a huge liability for Obama if he becomes the nominee.  Sure, questions about Clinton's honesty and trustworthiness could also hurt …
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
While Clinton Focuses, Obama Is Distracted  —  LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Pumped up and focused, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is putting in 16-hour days in Indiana this week as if she — and not her embattled rival, Senator Barack Obama — needs a campaign-changing moment in Tuesday's primary here.
Associated Press:   Obama says public tired of hearing about his former pastor
Chris Good / The Hill:
Veterans to Unfurl Replica ‘Mission Accomplished’ Banner at White House  —  Along with Iraq war veterans and concerned citizens, Iraq Campaign 2008 says it will unfurl a 50-foot replica “Mission Accomplished” banner at the White House tomorrow, marking the five-year anniversary of President Bush's now-infamous speech.
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Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
‘Mission Accomplished’: How the Media Covered the Bush Pronouncement …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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%.
Discussion: Agence France Presse and TalkLeft
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Wright's wrong  —  Barack Obama gave his “More Perfect Union” speech in Philadelphia on March 18 to tamp down the furor caused by the release of videos excerpts of his pastor's sermons.  Obama himself had proclaimed the importance of his pastor to his life over the past twenty years in books and interviews.
Discussion: PrestoPundit and TownHall Blog
Newsweek:
Just Between Us  —  Telecoms and the Bush administration talked about how to keep their surveillance program under wraps.  —  The Bush administration is refusing to disclose internal e-mails, letters and notes showing contacts with major telecommunications companies over how to persuade Congress …
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
 
 
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George W. Bush / White House:
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The Hill:
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Lynnley Browning / New York Times:
Law Professor Accuses Students of Defamation
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Will Share Interrogation Opinions
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A pre-emptive strike from Andrew
Associated Press:
At cricket event, U.S. cheerleaders shake India's conservative values
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
McCain & Clinton Fail Economics 101
Mimi Hall / USA Today:
U.S. has Mandela on terrorist list
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Wall Street Journal:
Surge in U.S. Hispanic Population Driven by Births, Not Immigration
Charles Clover / Telegraph:
Global warming may ‘stop’, scientists predict
Discussion: The Corner and Andrew Bolt
Michelle Malkin:
May Day, May Day: All-purpose, left-wing grievance day; West Coast …
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
Qaeda Chief in Somalia Killed by U.S. Airstike
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Quit Acting Like Babies
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Dude, Where's My Recession?
Washington Post:
Clinton Gas-Tax Proposal Criticized
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Where Were Obama's Friends?  —  It's tough being Everyman.