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5:00 PM ET, May 2, 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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Clinton operative didn't call Indianans “white n*****s” in 1992 Update III: Dirty trick?  Update: Character witness  —  Update IV: This is almost certainly a dirty trick aimed at Mickey Kantor and the Clinton campaign.  Read all the way through the updates.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Worthless White Ni**ers”?  —  Yesterday, I hadn't seen the last part of this clip (see the first version here) and the latest viral video is different and longer:  —  Kantor is now saying that what you hear on the tape is untrue, and it's been doctored: … Yes, he's a lawyer.
Byron York / The Corner:
Mickey Kantor Does Not Hold the People of Indiana in the Highest Esteem
Discussion: Wonkette
Michelle Malkin:
Hillary advisor Mickey Kantor dissed Indiana voters in 1992 …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Bang the Drum
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, MyDD and MSNBC
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Radar:
Clinton: Tuesday Will Be a ‘Game Changer’  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: Senator Hillary Clinton speaking in Kinston, NC said that Tuesday's primary will be a big day in the contest for the Democratic nomination.  Clinton has denied in interviews and in press availabilities that she will drop out of the race if she loses Indiana.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Boris Johnson poised to become London Mayor as Tories seal local election success  —  Boris Johnson is preparing to be unveiled as the new mayor of London later today following Labour's collapse across Britain in the local elections.  —  Senior Conservative sources said they would be …
Discussion: and Atlas Shrugs
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   In Britain, The Tories Surge
Indianapolis Star:
Endorsements chip away at Bayh pedestal  —  It's been a rough few days for Sen. Evan Bayh.  —  After years of holding a near death grip over so much of the state's Democratic Party establishment, the junior senator from Shirkieville has taken a series of very public hits in recent days.
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 …
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 …
Bobbank / MyDD:
Change Oregon Can Believe In?  —  A week ago, I wrote about a 13-page detailed plan, called The Oregon Compact, that Hillary prepared specifically for the state of Oregon.  In my original diary, I said: … I am proud of Hillary for putting pen to paper and giving people specific …
Discussion: Corrente, TalkLeft and MyDD
Jeff Mapes / Oregonian:
Democratic rivals vie for Oregon votes
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.
Steven Emerson / Articles by the Investigative Project …:
Investigative Project Releases Gov't Memos Curtailing Speech in War on Terror  —  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is refusing to identify the “influential Muslim Americans” and “leading U.S.-based scholars and commentators on Islam” who met with Secretary Michael Chertoff in helping shape …
Ronald Brownstein / MSNBC:
McCain must explain his Iraq vigil  —  How long is he willing to keep U.S. forces in a front-line combat role?  —  POLITICAL CONNECTIONS  —  WASHINGTON - The firefight over John McCain's long-term intentions in Iraq flared again this week when the Democratic National Committee aired …
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 …
Keith Dinsmore / The Huffington Post:
Questioner Dragged Out Of McCain Town Hall Talks To OffTheBus  —  OffTheBus member Keith Dinsmore was on the scene at the McCain healthcare town hall in Iowa Wednesday where Marty Parrish posed a question to the candidate the mainstream media weren't asking.  Parrish was dragged out by secret service agents.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain: Chief of own VP search  —  For those wondering whether an eminence gris such as Warren Christopher or Dick Cheney will soon head Sen. John McCain's vice presidential selection committee, the answer is yes and no, depending upon whether you think of McCain as a wise old Washington hand.
Discussion: The Page
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Krooney / The Page:
McCain Wraps Up Week-Long Health Care Push With New TV Ad
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Firedoglake
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Ideology's Rude Return
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Loyal to the Bitterness
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama: Voters Don't Want Drama
The Huffington Post:
Geraldo Admits He Was In Love With Barbara Walters But She Rejected …
Discussion: Think Progress
Elizabeth Wurtzel / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Other Radical Friends
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Matthew Yglesias:
Hurdles  —  Ambinder reports: “Clinton advisors think their candidate …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
‘The Empire Strikes Barack’
 Earlier Items: 
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Fair Play for False Prophets
Karl / protein wisdom:
Dems 2008: Are Clintonites suppressing the vote in NC?
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Cognitive Age
Patrick Condon / Associated Press:
Republican blogger has Al Franken's Senate campaign reeling
Mara H. Gottfried /
Homeowner said ‘do not move.’ Burglar was in no spot to argue.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Power Line
Ari B. Bloomekatz / Los Angeles Times:
Teacher fired for refusing to sign loyalty oath
Nancy Trejos / Washington Post:
Fed to Pursue Aggressive Checks on Credit Cards
Pablo Guzman / WCBS-TV:
On YOUR Dime: Congressmen Lease Luxury Cars