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4:35 PM ET, May 1, 2008


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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 …
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.
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 …
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%.
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rasmussen: Ten-point swing towards Hillary since Wright's presser three days ago  —  Dude. … He's lost five points to McCain over the past week, too, and seven points over the past month in New Hampshire.  Pray tell, what do voters in this important swing state think of Obama's relationship to Wright?
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A pre-emptive strike from Andrew
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Mark Pazniokas / Capitol Watch:
Hillary To Pick Up A Super-delegate
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette
Rasmussen Reports:   Election 2008: New Hampshire Presidential Election
Associated Press:
‘D.C. Madam’ dead in Florida  —  Woman convicted of running $2 million prostitution ring  —  TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. - A woman convicted of running a high-end prostitution ring in Washington, D.C., committed suicide in a Florida Gulf Coast town on Thursday, police said.
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.
Justin Rood / ABCNEWS:
D.C. Madam Found Dead of Apparent Suicide
D.C. Madam commits suicide in Tarpon Springs
Associated Press:
Huckabee says Obama's former pastor needs him to lose  —  BILLINGS, Montana: Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said Wednesday Barack Obama's bid for the White House is not being derailed because he is black, but because his former pastor does not want him to show the country's race relations have progressed.
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Obama Defends Handling of Furor Over Ex-Pastor
Discussion: The New Republic
Xan Brooks / Guardian:
Spike Lee tells US pastor to ‘shut up’
Discussion: The Corner and Don Surber
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
Michelle Obama: Let's get back to issues
Discussion: TownHall Blog and New York Times
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.
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 …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Wolfson: I'm Not Sure That Joe Andrew Is “Actually From Indiana”  —  A bit of an odd exchange on MSNBC just now: Howard Wolfson was asked by Andrea Mitchell to respond to former DNC chair Joe Andrew's switch to Obama.  —  Wolfson seemed to suggest that Andrew isn't really from Indiana, but Hillary is really from New York...
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Spin Cycle
Mimi Hall / USA Today:
U.S. has Mandela on terrorist list  —  WASHINGTON — Nobel Peace Prize winner and international symbol of freedom Nelson Mandela is flagged on U.S. terrorist watch lists and needs special permission to visit the USA.  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls the situation “embarrassing,” and some members of Congress vow to fix it.
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