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10:15 PM ET, May 7, 2008

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Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Ugly truth why Hillary Clinton won't quit  —  While the case for Hillary Clinton to stay in the race is shakier than ever, one ugly reason for staying in could be found Tuesday amid the ruddy, sun-kissed Hoosiers who cheered her on to victory at the Indianapolis Speedway.
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Christopher Hitchens / Mirror.co.uk:
Christopher Hitchens on Barack Obama's latest primary victory  —  Of all the slogans that Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama might have picked to distinguish themselves from one another, “Prolier Than Thou” was probably the least convincing.  —  Yet in the closing days …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Chief Strategist: North Carolina Loss Represented Progress Because We Won Among White Voters  —  On the Hillary conference call, Hillary chief strategist Geoff Garin made the case for her electability in some of the most explicitly race-based terms I've heard yet.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Announces 3 Superdelegates  —  From this point forward in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, the fight between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton will be boiled down to a day-by-day accounting of superdelegates.  —  Today, in the wake of the North Carolina …
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue  —  But Barack Obama's support has narrowed dangerously—and he'll need to make critical changes to beat John McCain.  —  The Democratic primary is over.  Hillary Clinton might still run in West Virginia and Kentucky, which she'll win handily …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Ignoring “The Problem”  —  In the Left blogs today, it is considered a mortal sin to point out that Barack Obama has trouble connecting with white working class voters.  It is a mortal sin to point out that in the South Carolina campaign, the Obama campaign fed the narrative that the Clinton campaign was race baiting.
Atrios / Eschaton:
Race  —  Let me make it a bit more clear.  There's nothing wrong …
Discussion: First Draft and Night Light
Rob Christensen / Raleigh News & Observer:
Obama, Clinton each pick up superdelegate
Associated Press:
Obama picks up superdelegate support
Discussion: MyDD and Spin Cycle
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Feinstein to ask Clinton for her primary game plan  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) most prominent Senate supporters, said Wednesday that she will ask the former first lady to detail her plans for the rest of the Democratic primary.
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Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  Nobody does compromise quite like the Bush administration.  —  If you're a regular reader of TPM, you're familiar with Hans von Spakovsky and in particular, Spakovsky's remarkable track record at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
McConnell warns FEC stalemate will continue
Discussion: Swampland
Lawrence O'Donnell / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Will Drop Out by June 15  —  A senior campaign official and Clinton confidante has told me that there will be a Democratic nominee by June 15.  He could not bring himself to say the words “Hillary will drop out by June 15,” but that is clearly what he meant.
Matt / Think Progress:
Kirchick gets his facts wrong on the ‘reality-based community.’  —  In a Politico op-ed yesterday, Jamie Kirchick accused liberals of embracing “religious extremism.”  Kirchick opened his argument by attacking the fact that some liberal bloggers call themselves the “reality-based community …
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Beats McCain Among Jewish Voters  —  Trails Clinton by slim margin among Jewish Democrats for the nomination  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama is faring better than might be expected among Jewish voters, beating John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily general-election matchups …
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Gallup:   Gallup Daily: Obama and Clinton Both Tie McCain
Oliver Willis / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Base Problem
Marc Ambinder:
7 Reasons Why Clinton Should Stay In The Race**  —  **One is perfectly capable of acknowledging that the identity of the nominee is no longer in dispute and still find that, aside from morbid speculation and existential unknowability, there are reasons for her to postpone any plans for a concession.
Discussion: Commentary and FiveThirtyEight.com
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Begins To Meet With Superdelegates  —  ...right now... at the headquarters of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Discussion: Salon and Pam's House Blend
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama victory call: Obama's strength, and Limbaugh's  —  David Plouffe and a series of big gun endorsers are holding a conference call to stress the scale of last night's victory.  —  “He clearly did more than he had to and she did not achieve what she had to,” said Senator John Kerry.
Discussion: Don Surber, The Page, Trailhead and Hot Air
Megan McArdle:
Is the middle class really doomed?  —  I've now seen this video at several liberal blogs, and someone has to stop it.  Apparently, that someone is me, since no one else has stepped up.  Mine is a high and lonely destiny.  —  Warren has an intriguing thesis: that women going into the workforce …
Discussion: Dean's World
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
THE DAY IN DELEGATES, SUPER SWITCH  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  Obama won a superdelegate switch, the campaign confirms.  AP first reported that Virginia's Jennifer McClellan had switched her support from Clinton to Obama.  —  The day in delegates: Obama 4, Clinton 1
 
 
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Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
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The Huffington Post:
Laura MacCleery and Andrew Stengel: Presidential Public Funding …
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Troubled GOP Rep. Fossella On His Way Out?
Spiegel Online:
'I Don't See Anything Good That Has Come from this War'
NOW! Hampshire:
Sununu: Shaheen Lacks Credibility on Key Issues
Discussion: NOW! Hampshire and Power Line
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain to raise over $7 mil tonight in NYC
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James Poulos:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Superdelegates say, we will decide
Bill Carter / New York Times:
NBC to Start News Channel in New York
Discussion: New York Observer
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
The Torture Memo and Academic Freedom
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Pundits Declare the Race Over
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Just Can't Shake That Nazi Party Hangover
Richelieu / Weekly Standard Blog:
Toast  —  She knows it.  You could tell during her speech.
Discussion: The New Republic
Jeffrey Feldman / The Huffington Post:
Did Limbaugh Try To Incite Violence?