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9:40 AM ET, May 2, 2008


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Zogby Poll: Obama Holds Big Lead Over Clinton in NC; Pair tied in Indiana  —  UTICA, New York—Five days before the important Democratic presidential primaries in North Carolina and Indiana, Barack Obama of Illinois enjoys a substantial lead in one state and remains tied with Hillary Clinton …
Clinton to Congress: You're either with us or against us  —  JEFFERSONVILLE, Indiana (CNN) - After several days of back and forth between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama over whether a summer-long elimination of the gas tax would help or hurt, Clinton took a hard line, asking her colleagues in Congress to take sides.
New York Times:
Clinton May Be Hopeful, but Obama Rolls On  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Have Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's chances of winning the Democratic presidential nomination improved as Senator Barack Obama has struggled through his toughest month of this campaign?  —  After weeks in which her candidacy …
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
As Gas Costs Soar, Buyers Are Flocking to Small Cars  —  DETROIT — Soaring gas prices have turned the steady migration by Americans to smaller cars into a stampede.  —  In what industry analysts are calling a first, about one in five vehicles sold in the United States was a compact …
Discussion: QandO, TigerHawk and PoliGazette
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Fox trumps Netroots; bloggers rebel  —  The nation's top Democrats are suddenly rushing to appear on the Fox News Channel, which they once had shunned as enemy territory as the nemesis of liberal bloggers.  —  The detente with Fox has provoked a backlash from progressive bloggers …
Des Moines Register:
McCain fields audience question on whether he called wife an expletive  —  A widespread Internet rumor about Sen. John McCain popped up in an audience question today during the Republican presidential candidate's Iowa forum.  —  A member of the audience at the Polk County Convention Complex asked …
Christopher Cooper / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Scramble for Indiana  —  In Open Primary,Republican Voters  —  Could Decide Victor  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Determining the victor in Tuesday's presidential nominating contest in Indiana could very well be left to that most elusive of Democratic primary voter: the Republican.
Discussion: The Page
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Party of Denial  —  During Barack Obama's Sunday appearance …
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Confluence and CNN
Dan Morain / Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama is the choice of free-agent donors  —  Obama has received twice as much money as Hillary Clinton has from donors who supported other candidates in the Democratic race.  —  Campaign donors who previously backed also-ran Democratic candidates have adopted Sen. Barack Obama as their second choice …
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
DNC coffers dry amid flood of Dem cash
Discussion: The Caucus and Hot Air
Indianapolis Star:
Experience makes Clinton better choice in primary  —  In this extraordinary election year, Indiana's Democratic voters have been presented with an extraordinary opportunity: Choose for their party's presidential nominee between a gifted senator from Illinois who has enthused millions of new voters …
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Discussion: TalkLeft
Adam Zagorin / Time:
D.C. Madam: Suicide Before Prison  —  Deborah Jeane Palfrey, known as the “D.C. Madam,” once implied that suicide was cowardice but, in the end, she seems to have chosen that same path herself.  “She wasn't going to jail, she told me that very clearly.  She told me she would commit suicide …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
AL FRANKEN: THE COVER-UP BEGINS  —  We've covered the tax and legal compliance problems of Minnesota Democratic Senatorial candidate Al Franken over the past few weeks.  First came the revealation of his failure to pay workers' compensation insurance in New York.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:   Tax guy mum; DFLers backing Franken
Ross Douthat / The Atlantic Online:
The Return of the Paranoid Style  —  Less than two weeks before the United States and its allies invaded Iraq, in March of 2003, Sony Pictures released a war movie called Tears of the Sun.  The director was Antoine Fuqua, fresh off the success of 2001's Training Day; the star was Bruce Willis …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Pablo Guzman / WCBS-TV:
On YOUR Dime: Congressmen Lease Luxury Cars  —  Little-Known But Exploited Loophole Allows Politicians To Drive, Maintain Expensive Cars, SUVs On Taxpayer Money  —  Rep. Charles Rangel: ‘My Constituents Appreciate It’  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― You may not realize it …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The ‘Race’ Speech Revisited  —  Guess it's time to disown Granny, if Obama's famous Philadelphia “race” speech is to be believed.  Of course, the speech was not just believed.  It was hailed, celebrated, canonized as the greatest pronouncement on race in America since Lincoln at Cooper Union.
On the brink  —  Some of America's most venerable newspapers face extinction, unless they evolve  —  THE New York Times once epitomised all that was great about American newspapers; now it symbolises its industry's deep malaise.  The Grey Lady's circulation is tumbling …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Brown admits election mauling was a ‘bad night’  —  Gordon Brown today acknowledged a “bad night” for Labour after the party's national share of the vote plummeted to 24% - its lowest level since the 1960s - in his first electoral test as prime minister.  —  With about two thirds …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and AMERICAblog
The Raw Story:
EXCLUSIVE: MYSTERIOUS CRIMES PLAGUE US ATTORNEY TARGETS  —  The Permanent Republican Majority Part VI  —  MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA - In two states where US attorneys are already under fire for serious allegations of political prosecutions, seven people associated with three federal cases …
Discussion: Unfogged and At-Largely
John McCormick / The Swamp:
A downsized Thursday for Obama
Discussion: New York Times
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Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
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Theodore Frank / New York Sun:
Blame Port Authority
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McCain Veepstakes: Running with Ryan?
Discussion: The American Mind
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
Minister: Muslim decree to condemn bombings
Discussion: Hot Air and Jihad Watch
Inal Ersan / Reuters:
Ex-Guantanamo inmate in Iraq suicide bombing: TV
Los Angeles Times:
This year's May Day rally draws business support, but far fewer protesters
 Earlier Items: 
Frazier Moore / Associated Press:
Barbara Walters reveals past affair with US senator
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Christopher Dickey / Newsweek:
The Persian Gulf is more dangerous than ever. …
Discussion: New York Times
Amanda / Think Progress:
Washington Post Editorial Board Attempts To Erase Its Pre-War Rush To Invasion
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What The Old Farts Don't Get  —  A reader writes:
Peter Dreier / The Huffington Post:
Sidney Blumenthal Uses Former Right-Wing Foes To Attack Obama