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8:05 AM ET, May 5, 2008


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Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Camp Considering Nuclear Option To Overtake Delegate Lead  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign has a secret weapon to build its delegate count, but her top strategists say privately that any attempt to deploy it would require a sharp (and by no means inevitable) shift in the political climate …
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Hillary Clinton Doesn't Listen to Economists  —  When asked this morning by ABC News' George Stephanopoulos if she could name a single economist who backs her call for a gas tax holiday this summer, HRC said “I'm not going to put my lot in with economists.”  —  I know several of the economists …
Jodi Kantor / The Caucus:
There Goes the Economists' Vote  —  INDIANAPOLIS — This morning, George Stephanopoulos began his televised interview with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton by asking if she could name a single economist who supported her plan for a gas-tax suspension.  —  Mrs. Clinton did not.
Washington Post:
Dueling Appeals On Taxes From Obama, Clinton  —  He Calls for More Rebates As She Defends Gas Proposal  —  Two days before critical primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) scolded both Sen. Barack Obama (D) and “elite opinion” Sunday for opposing her proposals …
Discussion: TPMCafe and The Page
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
I'm not listening to economists on gas tax holiday
Discussion: The Swamp and The New Republic
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Support For Obama Rebounds  —  In Wake Of Controversy Over Former Pastor, Illinois Senator Builds Lead Over McCain, Clinton  —  (CBS) Democrat Barack Obama appears to have rebounded from some of the damage caused by the controversy surrounding his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright …
William Kristol / New York Times:
McCain-Jindal?  —  Barack Obama said Friday, “We've had a rough couple of weeks.”  Actually, he's had a rough couple of months.  He's lost three big primaries to Hillary Clinton.  And, should he hold on to win the nomination, he can no longer be considered a clear favorite over John McCain in the general election.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Flap over pastor hurts Obama  —  Barack Obama's national standing has been significantly damaged by the controversy over his former pastor, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, raising questions for some voters about the Illinois senator's values, credibility and electability.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Page
Zogby Poll: Obama Leads by 8 Points in NC; Race Still Very Tight in Indiana
Discussion: Donklephant
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton mailing's gun gaffe  —  Senator Hillary Clinton's mailing attacking Senator Barack Obama's record on guns appears to include a striking visual gaffe: The image of the gun pictured on the face of the mailing is reversed, making it a non-existent left-handed model of the Mauser 66 rifle.
Associated Press:
After 2 faint, Clinton cracks joke about making 'em swoon … LENOIR, N.C. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton is cracking wise about his ability to make people faint, telling voters in North Carolina he didn't think he still had it in him.  —  Clinton was campaigning Sunday …
Michael James / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton Asks N.C. Churchgoers to Pray for Hillary
Discussion: The Page
Steve Chapman / Chicago Tribune:
McCain finds his own radical friend  —  Can a presidential candidate justify a long and friendly relationship with someone who, back in the 1970s, extolled violence and committed crimes in the name of a radical ideology—and who has never shown remorse or admitted error?
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Hezbollah Trains Iraqis in Iran, Officials Say  —  BAGHDAD — Militants from the Lebanese group Hezbollah have been training Iraqi militia fighters at a camp near Tehran, according to American interrogation reports that the United States has supplied to the Iraqi government.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Tells Workers, When They Lose Their Job, They Lose Their Dignity  —  If I were an Indiana voter listening to Obama, I don't think I'd appreciate him telling me that since I've lost my job, I've lost my dignity.  The crowd didn't react to the statement.  Certainly no cheering.  —  See what you think.
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
In Small Towns, Bill Clinton Finds A Campaign Niche  —  LUMBERTON, N.C. — Bill Clinton swung open the screen door and stepped onto Baxter Williams's front porch, its wooden floorboards creaking beneath him.  The former president, a veteran speechmaker used to 50,000-seat stadiums and convention halls …
Discussion: The Page
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Why Johnny Can't Read (Or Drive)  —  Obama's Methaphor Mangler was in overdrive when he appeared on Meet The Tim: … I don't think this interview was a buzzer-beating home run.  —  PILING ON: On the topic of Rev. Wright and why he might have thought Obama was posturing in his early denunciations, this was comical:
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israeli Political Crisis Overshadows Rice's Trip  —  JERUSALEM — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held a series of talks on Israeli-Palestinian peace here on Sunday, saying she believed an accord was attainable by year's end.  But the process was overshadowed by an intensifying police investigation …
Associated Press:   IDF halts deliveries at Karni, Nahal Oz
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Andrew Sullivan / Times of London:
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Ben Adler / The Politico:
ID law could depress black turnout in Ind.
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Women's Voices, Women Vote: Did the Outreach Overreach?
Dallas Morning News:
Dallas County district attorney wants unethical prosecutors punished
Discussion: Reason Magazine
The Huffington Post:
Howard Dean On Fox News Sunday: Your Coverage Is “Shockingly Biased” (VIDEO)
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton: ‘Partner’; ‘Spoke out’
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Bomber targets San Diego courthouse
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: TalkLeft
Joseph Romm / The Huffington Post:
McCain calls for 700+ new nuclear plants (and 7 Yucca mountains) costing $4 trillion
Gercohen / projects:
early vote numbers for political junkies
Discussion: Donklephant and The Corner