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1:05 AM ET, May 3, 2008


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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Adviser Claims Indiana Slur Video Is Conspiracy  —  A former aide to President Bill Clinton, and current informal adviser to Sen. Hillary Clinton, expressed outrage and shock on Friday after a videotape from 1992 surfaced allegedly showing him describing Indianans as “white n—rs.”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Pennebaker: Clip Doctored  —  I just spoke to D.A. Pennebaker, the director of “The War Room,” who said his film had been doctored to produce a widely-viewed YouTube clip.  —  In a clip from his film on the 1992 Clinton campaign, posted to YouTube today, Clinton advisor Mickey Kantor is …
Byron York / The Corner:
Mickey Kantor Does Not Hold the People of Indiana in the Highest Esteem
Discussion: The Daily Dish, The RBC and Wonkette
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   “Worthless White Ni**ers”?
Elizabeth Wurtzel / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Other Radical Friends  —  When I was 15, I read an article in Rolling Stone about the Weather Underground and became fascinated with Bernardine Dohrn.  As a leader of the militant arm of Students for a Democratic Society, she was renowned for her beauty and daring, for her revolutionary rhetoric …
Gallup Daily: McCain Moves to 6-Point Lead Over Obama  —  Clinton 48%, Obama 46% in national Democratic nomination preferences  —  PRINCETON, NJ — John McCain has moved to a six percentage point, 48% to 42%, lead over Barack Obama in Gallup Poll Daily tracking of the general election …
Former DNC chairs: Hillary would beat McCain today — Obama wouldn't  —  (CNN) - Seven former Democratic National Committee chairs who support Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, and the family of one who is deceased, released a letter Friday arguing that she is the candidate best-equipped to beat John McCain in November.
Discussion: Bang the Drum and Taylor Marsh
Karl / protein wisdom:
Dems 2008: Elizabeth Wurtzel on Barack Obama's other friends, the “Weathercouple”  —  Author Elizabeth Wurtzel has a piece in the Wall Street Journal on Barack Obama's relationship with the “Weathercouple” of William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.  The eyebrow-raiser is this:
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
MCCAIN: IRAQ WAR WAS FOR OIL?  —  From NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy  —  At the conclusion of a town hall held this morning outside in Denver, McCain decided to toss in a plug for his upcoming energy policy rollout.  But in the midst of decrying the dangers of Americans reliance on foreign oil …
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain clarifies remark about oil, Iraq war  —  PHOENIX - Republican John McCain was forced to clarify his comments Friday suggesting the Iraq war involved U.S. reliance on foreign oil.  He said he was talking about the first Gulf War and not the current conflict.
The most influential US political pundits: 10-1  — unveils the last installment of its list of the 50 most influential political pundits in America.  With just over six months before United States citizens choose their 44th president, the 2008 election is already proving …
Gateway Pundit:
BUSTED!!  McCain's “C*nt Questioner” Is a Huffpo Reporter!! ...  Update: It Was a Team Effort!  —  HUFFINGTON POST SPREADS MANURE AT McCAIN IOWA TOWN HALL EVENT—  Senator Joe Biden stands with his campaign office manager Marty Parrish.  —  Obama Supporter and Former Joe Biden Campaign …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Loyal to the Bitterness  —  I am out of step.  There is something that is upsetting others whom I care about and whose thoughts are often not unlike my own.  And it's not hitting me the same way.  —  I am referring to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  I disagree with and disapprove of the things he says.
Andrew Cockburn / CounterPunch:
Secret Bush “Finding” Widens War on Iran  —  Six weeks ago, President Bush signed a secret finding authorizing a covert offensive against the Iranian regime that, according to those familiar with its contents, “unprecedented in its scope.”  —  Bush's secret directive covers actions across …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA'S BACK TO THE WALL  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Obama's back against the wall: After Pennsylvania, a lot of folks — including us — figured that Obama would win North Carolina by as much, or even more, than Clinton won the Keystone State …
Rasmussen Reports:
58% Say Obama Denounced Wright for Political Convenience, not Outrage  —  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 30% of the nation's Likely Voters believe Barack Obama denounced his former Pastor, Jeremiah Wright, because he was outraged.  Most—58%—say he denounced the Pastor for political convenience.
How Much Did Rumsfeld Know?  —  Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of U.S. Forces in Iraq in 2003-2004, has written a new memoir, Wiser in Battle: A Soldier's Story, an account of his life and his service in Iraq.  Sanchez was a three-star general — and the military's senior Hispanic officer …
Mark Udall for Colorado:
UDALL ANSWERS CLINTON GAS TAX CHALLENGE, STANDS WITH COLORADANS FOR MEANINGFUL ENERGY RELIEF  —  Yesterday in Indiana, Hillary Clinton challenged every member of Congress to go on the record with a position regarding her proposal to temporarily suspend the federal gasoline tax, and state whether they were with her or against her.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Airs Another Indiana Ad Hitting Obama On Gas Tax
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Oliver Willis:
John McCain Calls Himself “President McCain”
Discussion: The Page and Firedoglake
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Why do Catholics prefer Clinton to Obama?
Discussion: Slate and protein wisdom
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press:
Ohio attorney general admits to affair with employee
Michael Tomasky / Guardian Unlimited:
Hillary's right turn
Discussion: Swampland
Super stuck!  —  For superdelegates, most of whom are active …
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
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Matthew Yglesias:
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Discussion: Marc Ambinder
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‘The Empire Strikes Barack’
Steven Emerson / Articles by the Investigative Project …:
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Patrick Condon / Associated Press:
Republican blogger has Al Franken's Senate campaign reeling