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9:35 PM ET, May 5, 2008


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Poll: Obama clings to small lead over Clinton  —  RALEIGH (WTVD) — On the eve of the North Carolina Democratic Primary, with 25% of votes already cast, Barack Obama has no breathing room in his hope to defeat Hillary Clinton in popular votes.  —  According to SurveyUSA's 8th and final tracking poll …
Clinton (47%) Overtakes Obama (40%) Nationally On Eve of Indiana And North Carolina Primaries  —  Poll Shows Clinton Campaign Picking Up Steam With Democrats Nationally … Washington, DC - The latest Ipsos poll conducted over the weekend shows that on the eve of the Indiana and North Carolina primaries …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE STATE OF THE RACE.  —  This seems like a big deal.  From The LA Times: … Though Obama seems more embattled than he did a month ago, the math is harder for Clinton to make up with every passing day.  The uncommitted superdelegates are a particular class of superdelegates …
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North Carolina Prediction: Obama by Double Digits  —  In Pennsylvania and Indiana, the previous times that we conducted this exercise, the results from our regression model were closely in line with the composite polling averages in those states.  In North Carolina, however …
Southern Political Report:
InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Survey in North Carolina: Obama 48%; Clinton 45%; —Tied Within Margin of Error  —  An InsiderAdvantage / Majority Opinion Survey conducted for the Southern Political Report shows the Democratic Primary in North Carolina tightening.  The results:  —  Obama: 48%
Discussion: TalkLeft, MyDD, Hot Air and Zogby
Southern Political Report:
New InsiderAdvantage Survey  —  Obama Inching Closer in Indiana
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marie Horrigan / CQ Politics:
CQ Politics Forecasts a Slim Obama Victory in N.C. Delegates
Discussion: TalkLeft
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
What John McCain Told Me, and What it Says About How Far He's Fallen  —  At a dinner party in Los Angeles not long after the 2000 election, I was talking to a man and his wife, both prominent Republicans.  The conversation soon turned to the new president.  “I didn't vote for George Bush” the man confessed.
Tim Gaynor / Reuters:
McCain woos Hispanics and launches Spanish web site
Discussion: Don Surber and Lonewacko
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Jindal for VP?  —  Kathryn, Ramesh, and Ross Douthat are all cold to the notion of McCain putting Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal on the ticket.  I think I disagree.  —  Why are they opposed really?  Ramesh says Jindal isn't experienced enough.  It's true, he's been governor for only a very short time …
Avram Goldstein / Bloomberg:
Post-War Suicides May Exceed Combat Deaths, U.S. Says  —  The number of suicides among veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may exceed the combat death toll because of inadequate mental health care, the U.S. government's top psychiatric researcher said.  —  Community mental health centers …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Political Punch
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
IS MICHELLE OBAMA RESPONSIBLE FOR THE JEREMIAH WRIGHT FIASCO?  —  So numbed have I become by the endless replay of the fatuous clerical rantings of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright that it has taken me this long to remember the significant antecedent.  In 1995, there appeared a documentary titled Brother Minister …
Paul West / Baltimore Sun:
Meet Bill Clinton, man of the people  —  DUNN, N.C. - If Barack Obama wants to connect with white, working-class voters, he could take a lesson from William Jefferson Clinton.  —  The former president has been on tour for months, almost exclusively in small towns and rural county seats …
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Bill Clinton Goes After TNR Alum!
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Sam Harris / The Huffington Post:
Losing Our Spines to Save Our Necks  —  Geert Wilders, conservative Dutch politician and provocateur, has become the latest projectile in the world's most important culture war: the zero-sum conflict between civil society and traditional Islam.  Wilders, who lives under perpetual armed guard due …
Discussion: and Hullabaloo
Wally Edge / Politicker MD:
Cryor, Dugas Glover to endorse Obama  —  State Democratic Party Chairman Michael Cryor and Vice Chairwoman Lauren Dugas Glover, both superdelegates, are endorsing Illinois Senator Barack Obama this afternoon, sources tell  —  Those close to Cryor have said he has been an Obama supporter …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton: OPEC ‘can no longer be a cartel’  —  Clinton's attacks on oil prices as artificially inflated, Enron-style, keep escalating, and today she appeared to threaten to break up the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.  —  “We're going to go right at OPEC,” she said.
Discussion: The Page
Michael Wolff / Vanity Fair:
It's the Adultery, Stupid  —  The private follies of middle-aged male politicians are treated as weakness, perversion, corruption—anything but the real issue: human desire.  The author, currently writing a book on Rupert Murdoch, offers an immodest proposal.  —  Politics is now about sex.
Kurt Andersen / New York Magazine:
About That Crush on Obama  —  If Barack is out of touch with America, then the media must be too.  —  People with the slightest interest in politics, especially journalists, spent 2006 and 2007 smacking their lips and rubbing their hands in anticipation of 2008, relishing the prospect …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama-Backing SEIU Hits Hillary In Tough Last-Minute Iraq Mailer
The Columbus Dispatch:
Governor, other top Dems call on Dann to resign
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Megan McArdle:
Who will reap the benefits of a gas tax holiday?
Ronald Bailey / Reason Magazine:
How Dare You Insult Chlorophyll-Kind!
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Ariel Alexovich / The Caucus:
Obama Strikes Back With Negative Advertisement
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Fix
Daniel Howes / Detroit News:
Market trumps Congress when it comes to fuel economy
Spencer / Attackerman:
Trash, Don't Pick It Up … The Flophouse was in violation of this ordinance.
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Wire:
Trains on the Clinton Trail
Discussion: The Page
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bolton: Striking Iran ‘Is Really The Most Prudent Thing To Do’
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Obama's Muslim Childhood?
Discussion: Wonk Room and Rachel Lucas
Amanda / Think Progress:
Limbaugh on Hispanic mayor of LA: I thought he was either …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and SFGate
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LOSING HIS RELIGION  —  TPM Reader H- sees what's been a …
Gallup Daily: Democrats Tied for Record 12th Day
Discussion: American Power and Donklephant
Stephanie Gaskell / NY Daily News:
Army big: Kerik was ‘a waste of time’ in Iraq