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12:10 PM 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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and MyDD
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 …
Clinton to Congress: You're either with us or against us
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Will black voters stay home if Obama loses nomination?
Discussion: Hot Air
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Clinton presses congressional Dems on gas-tax holiday
Discussion: The Swamp and The Daily Dish
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Black-Issues Group: Price To Pay If Clinton Wins Through Superdelegates
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Swamp
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 …
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
DNC coffers dry amid flood of Dem cash  —  In an election year marked by jaw-dropping Democratic fundraising, one key political player isn't so flush: The Democratic National Committee.  —  Despite record hauls by Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the DNC has raised less than half …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Democrats and Fox News Make Friends
Discussion: FishBowlDC, Gawker and Brendan Nyhan
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Party of Denial  —  During Barack Obama's Sunday appearance on Fox News, the interviewer asked him for an example of “a hot-button issue where you would be willing to buck the Democratic Party line” and say that Republicans have the better idea.  —  Mr. Obama's answer was puzzling …
Discussion: Firedoglake and CNN
Christopher Cooper / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Scramble for Indiana
Discussion: Salon, MSNBC and The Page
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:   Small donors increase impact
Indianapolis Star:
Endorsements chip away at Bayh pedestal
Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Obama, Clinton supporters dig in
Alison Fitzgerald / Bloomberg:
Clinton, McCain Push Gas Tax Break That May Help Oil Companies  —  Hillary Clinton and John McCain are both pushing a “gas-tax holiday” to give consumers an 18.4- cent-a-gallon price break.  Clinton says the plan will take excess profits from oil companies.  McCain says it will help families buy school supplies.
Daniel Whitten / Bloomberg:
Obama May Levy $15 Billion Tax on Oil Company Profit  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's proposal for a windfall profits tax on oil companies could cost $15 billion a year at last year's profit levels, a campaign adviser said.  —  The plan would target profit …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Raw Story
Aaron Bruns / FOX Embeds:
Clinton Challenges Congress: Up or Down on Gas Tax
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Ben Smith's Blogs
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Redstate
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.
Ari B. Bloomekatz / Los Angeles Times:
Teacher fired for refusing to sign loyalty oath  —  Cal State system ousts another instructor who objects on religious grounds to a pledge adopted by California in 1952 to root out communists.  —  » Discuss Article When Wendy Gonaver was offered a job teaching American studies …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Nancy Trejos / Washington Post:
Fed to Pursue Aggressive Checks on Credit Cards  —  The Federal Reserve and two other banking regulators are set to unveil today one of the most aggressive efforts in decades to crack down on the credit card industry, prohibiting practices such as arbitrarily raising interest rates on outstanding balances.
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