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2:55 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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?
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
Mark Pazniokas / Capitol Watch:
Hillary To Pick Up A Super-delegate
Rasmussen Reports:   Election 2008: New Hampshire Presidential Election
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.
D.C. Madam apparently commits suicide in Tarpon Springs  —  Deborah Jean Palfrey, better known as the “D.C. Madam,” apparently has committed suicide at her mother's Tarpon Springs home.  —  Tarpon Springs detectives said a body was found in a small storage shed on the west side of the mobile home.
Discussion: On Deadline and Booman Tribune
Associated Press:
‘D.C . Madam’ reportedly dead in Fla.
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Report: ‘DC Madam’ commits suicide
Discussion: The Swamp
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 and Roger L. Simon
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
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.
Michelle Obama: Let's get back to issues
Discussion: New York Times and TownHall Blog
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Obama Defends Handling of Furor Over Ex-Pastor
Discussion: The New Republic
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Let's Accept Michelle's Invitation  —  Michelle Obama, not surprisingly, wants to turn the page on Jeremiah Wright and focus on the issues: … I completely agree, so let's talk about Barack and education reform.  —  An excellent launching point is this April 2, 2008 Slate piece by Alexander Russo …
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Gateway Pundit
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.
New York Times:
Qaeda Chief in Somalia Killed by U.S. Airstike  —  NAIROBI, Kenya — Aden Hashi Ayro, one of Al Qaeda's top operatives in East Africa and the leader of the Islamist comeback in Somalia, was killed Thursday morning by an American airstrike, according to American and Somali officials.
Mohamed Olad Hassan / Associated Press:
Leader of al-Qaida in Somalia reportedly dies in airstrike
Discussion: Redstate
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
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
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Discussion: The New Republic
Matthew Yglesias:
If You Build It  —  You often hear that there are huge swathes …
Discussion: Eschaton
Christine Sloan / WCBS-TV:
New Jersey Lawmakers Consider Tax On Fast Food
Jonathan Allen / CQ Politics:
Kucinich Floats Plan to Resolve Florida, Michigan Delegate Disputes
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Iowa Independent
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Lynnley Browning / New York Times:
Law Professor Accuses Students of Defamation
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
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Wright's wrong  —  Barack Obama gave his “More Perfect Union” …
Spencer / Attackerman:
Hell No, No Premonition Coulda Seen This!
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Where Were Obama's Friends?  —  It's tough being Everyman.