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12:30 PM 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.
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  —  In his letter to fellow superdelegates, Joe Andrew — whose switch today is a very useful moment for Obama — pre-emptively guesses how the Clinton campaign will cast him, and accuses them of hypocrisy. … No doubt, perhaps; it doesn't seem to have happened yet.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Michelle Obama: Let's get back to issues
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The “long and painful falling out” …
Discussion: The Swamp and PrestoPundit
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.
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, MyDD and TalkLeft
Marc Ambinder:
Andrew Explains Decision To Switch  —  “I'm calling on my all of my friends who are superdelegates to help heal the rift and unite behind Barack Obama, now,” says former Clinton supporter and former DNC chair Joe Andrew.  —  After saying that he's “going to be an advocate for an Obama-Bayh ticket …
Discussion: The Page and Flopping Aces
George W. Bush / White House:
Law Day, U.S.A., 2008  —  A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America  —  The right of ordinary men and women to determine their own future, protected by the rule of law, lies at the heart of America's founding principles.  As our country celebrates the 50th anniversary of Law Day …
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.
Discussion: The Swamp
Matthew Yglesias:
If You Build It  —  You often hear that there are huge swathes of the country in which it's just not feasible to make changes that will lead to people driving less — there's no other way to get around!  This is often quite true in a literal sense.  But oftentimes it would be possible …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
How Will It Play in Apex?  —  You have to give Bill Clinton credit.
Christine Sloan / WCBS-TV:
New Jersey Lawmakers Consider Tax On Fast Food
Discussion: QandO
Jonathan Allen / CQ Politics:
Kucinich Floats Plan to Resolve Florida, Michigan Delegate Disputes
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Iowa Independent
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
House Says Earmark Merits Criminal Probe
Wall Street Journal:
The Census Follies  —  This is supposed to be the digital age …
Discussion: The Corner and Betsy's Page
The Hill:
Doubts grow over ethanol
Lynnley Browning / New York Times:
Law Professor Accuses Students of Defamation
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
At cricket event, U.S. cheerleaders shake India's conservative values
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Charles Clover / Telegraph:
Global warming may ‘stop’, scientists predict
Discussion: The Corner and Andrew Bolt
New York Times:
Qaeda Chief in Somalia Killed by U.S. Airstike
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Wright's wrong  —  Barack Obama gave his “More Perfect Union” …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Spencer / Attackerman:
Hell No, No Premonition Coulda Seen This!
Washington Post:
Clinton Gas-Tax Proposal Criticized
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Where Were Obama's Friends?  —  It's tough being Everyman.
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Kerry Rips MSNBC On Wright: ‘You People Need To Let Go Of This’