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1:55 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 …
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?
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 and Macsmind
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 Pazniokas / Capitol Watch:
Hillary To Pick Up A Super-delegate
Marc Ambinder:
Andrew Explains Decision To Switch
Southern Political Report:
InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Survey: North Carolina Democratic …
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
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Wright's wrong  —  Barack Obama gave his “More Perfect Union” …
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
Associated Press:   Obama says public tired of hearing about his former pastor
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 MyDD
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.
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 Huffington Post and The Swamp
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Census Follies  —  This is supposed to be the digital age, but over at the Census Bureau they're still partying like it's 1799.  —  The Constitution requires that the national population be counted every 10 years.  This time around, the Census Bureau wanted to do things differently …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Republicans Go Green?  —  The party follows Arnold's lead.  —  California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, once the proud owner of a fleet of gas-guzzling Humvees, got religion on global warming pretty quickly after taking office.  And in one of the great political reversals of the decade …
Discussion: The New Republic
Christine Sloan / WCBS-TV:
New Jersey Lawmakers Consider Tax On Fast Food  —  ‘Sin’ Tax Could Help Fund Struggling Hospitals  —  WINDSOR, N.J. (CBS) ― The sputtering economy has caused an increase in prices of many staples including gasoline, rice, ice cream, even beer.  Now some lawmakers in New Jersey …
Discussion: Riehl World View, QandO and Don Surber
The Hill:
Doubts grow over ethanol  —  Sharply rising food prices may force Congress to reconsider the fivefold increase in ethanol production it mandated just four months ago, some lawmakers say.  —  Few members appear willing to call for the outright repeal of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) …
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