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12:05 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.
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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette
Michelle Obama: Let's get back to issues
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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 TalkLeft
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
‘Mission Accomplished’: How the Media Covered the Bush Pronouncement 5 Years Ago — and its Aftermath  —  NEW YORK On May 1, 2003, Richard Perle advised, in a USA Today op-ed, “Relax, Celebrate Victory.”  The same day, exactly five years ago, President Bush, dressed in a flight suit …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
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
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
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
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) …
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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Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Iraq's Top Reconstruction Project Failing, Audit Says
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
George W. Bush / White House:
Law Day, U.S.A., 2008  —  A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
Lynnley Browning / New York Times:
Law Professor Accuses Students of Defamation
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Will Share Interrogation Opinions
Associated Press:
At cricket event, U.S. cheerleaders shake India's conservative values
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama On The Gas Tax
Discussion: American Spectator
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Wall Street Journal:
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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.