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3:25 PM ET, May 5, 2008


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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.
Ross Douthat:
Don't Do It, Bobby  —  Perhaps the most prescient piece I've ever written (it's a short list) was a column for the Wall Street Journal in June of '06, which urged Barack Obama to run for President - because, I argued, “in presidential politics, it's usually better to run too early than to wait …
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.
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 …
Sam Graham-Felsen /
Superdelegate Kalyn Free Endorses Barack Obama  —  CHICAGO, IL — Kalyn Free, an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee, today announced that she supports Illinois Senator Barack Obama for the party's presidential nomination.  As a DNC member, Free will serve as a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Discussion: The Politico
David Nitkin / The Swamp:
Obama Picks Up Maryland Superdelegates
Discussion: The Page
John Ruberry / Marathon Pundit:
Bill Ayers stepping on a US flag in 2001  —  My good friend Anne Leary of Backyard Conservative, a fabulous North Shore blogger, tipped me off to this picture, which I've heard rumors about, of Bill Ayers stepping on a US flag in 2001.  —  I believe it's from Chicago Magazine …
Marcia Froelke Coburn / Chicago Magazine:
No Regrets  —  From our August 2001 issue: “Kill your parents!” urged sixties leftist Bill Ayers, whose father was the chairman of Commonwealth Edison here.  In Ayers's new memoir, Fugitive Days, he reconciles his militant past with his present identity: father of three, esteemed professor at UIC …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Weighting our final NC Poll  —  Our final North Carolina poll will be released within the next few hours.  A big decision for pollsters on this one is how to weight for race.  28% of the Democratic primary electorate in 2000 was black, and in 2004 it was 32%.  But over 40% of early voters were.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Says Teamsters Need Less Oversight  —  Campaign Talks On Issue Preceded Union's Backing  —  Sen. Barack Obama won the endorsement of the Teamsters earlier this year after privately telling the union he supported ending the strict federal oversight imposed to root out corruption …
Michael Yon / NY Daily News:
In Iraq, a storm before the calm  —  April saw 49 U.S. casualties in Iraq, the highest total in seven months.  Does this mean, as some insist, that the enormous progress we have made since the start of the military surge is being lost?  —  As one who has spent nearly two years …
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:   Michael Yon: More Americans Getting Killed In Iraq Means We're Winning
Matthew Yglesias:
Outback Strikes Back  —  Ezra Klein's right to bemoan the sneering condescension in this NYT piece on suburban chain restaurants.  For me, this is made all the worse by the knowledge that the attitude of contempt is almost certainly fake.  I was actually born and raised in Manhattan …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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: Hot Air
Marie Horrigan / CQ Politics:   CQ Politics Forecasts a Slim Obama Victory in N.C. Delegates
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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama at issue in Mississippi  —  In perhaps the toughest negative spot yet in a Mississippi congressional race where Barack Obama has become a central issue, Greg Davis accuses Travis Childers of falsely distancing himself from Obama.  —  The downside to Obama for these ads …
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Washington Post:
Fiscal Pressures Lead Some States to Free Inmates Early
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