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1:55 AM ET, May 9, 2008

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Associated Press:
Cindy McCain says she'll never release her tax returns  —  WASHINGTON - Cindy McCain says she will never make her tax returns public even if her husband wins the White House and she becomes the first lady.  —  “You know, my husband and I have been married 28 years and we have filed separate tax returns for 28 years.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Larsen endorses Obama after Hill meeting  —  Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) surprise visit Thursday to the House floor has already paid dividends in the form of a superdelegate endorsement.  —  Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) announced, after meeting with Obama at the Democratic Congressional …
Michael Luo / New York Times:   In F.E.C. Moves, Some See Effort to Aid McCain
CNN:
Obama: McCain is ‘losing his bearings’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama chastised John McCain Thursday for engaging in “smear” politics, and defended himself from critics who question whether he is capable of being commander-in-chief, during a wide-ranging interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Salter: Who's the victim now?  —  An exquisitely sensitive McCain memo says it's the senator* from Arizona.  Writes Mark Salter: … Victimhood is, of course, a favored posture for everyone.  But Obama has never actually played the victim card this directly: As Clinton learned …
Discussion: Nitpicker and The Jed Report
Kathy Barks Hoffman / Associated Press:
Clinton campaign opposes giving Obama more Mich. delegates  —  LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign opposes Michigan's plan to give fewer delegates to her and more to rival Barack Obama, a campaign spokesman said Thursday.  —  The Democratic National Committee stripped Michigan …
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
The Michigan Proposal is Unfair to Hilllary  —  This is the supposed Michigan compromise. … Shorter version: It not only gives Obama all of the uncommitted delegates, a number that includes those who voted for Edwards, Dodd, Kucinich and Gravel, it gives him some that voted for Hillary.  [More...]
CNN:
Clinton supporter pressures Pelosi over White House battle  —  WASHINGTON — In a heated phone call with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi late last month, Hillary Clinton supporter Harvey Weinstein threatened to cut off campaign money to congressional Democrats unless Pelosi embraced a new plan …
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Once-secret memos question Clinton's honesty  —  A decade before Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton admitted fudging the truth during the presidential campaign, federal prosecutors quietly assembled hundreds of pages of evidence suggesting she concealed information and misled a federal grand jury …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and The Page
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
THE RNC'S 1,200 PAGES OF CLINTON OPPO  —  Two Republican officials at the Republican National Committee who are involved in “opposition research efforts” in preparation for the general election say the RNC's oppo research dossier on Sen. Clinton runs more than 1,200 pages in length.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Spin Cycle
Inside Higher Ed:
Unwanted Sexual Contact, in Context  —  The college social scene is the setting or context for much of the unwanted sexual contact that happens on campuses, as a new report by researchers at the University of New Hampshire, exploring the experiences of the university's undergraduates, details.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Penn denies Time report  —  I e-mailed Mark Penn to ask him about the report in Time that he'd been ignorant of the Democratic Party's proportional representation process, only to be schooled by Harold Ickes.  —  Through Clinton aide Howard Wolfson, Penn denied that the scene had taken place; Wolfson also said he didn't recall it.
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Karen Tumulty / Time:
The Five Mistakes Clinton Made
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Code Pink Protesters Try Witchcraft at Anti-Marine Rallies  —  Code Pink is now resorting to witchcraft to beef up the number of its supporters protesting Berkeley's controversial Marine Corps Recruiting Center.  —  The women's anti-war group has told ralliers to come equipped with spells …
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
Chris Matthews: the hair edition  —  He's a sprightly 62 but, still, rumors of Chris Matthews coloring his hair have abounded for years.  —  And now, the proof.
Real Time Economics:
Many Economists Back McCain, but More Are Silent  —  Almost half of the economists in the latest Wall Street Journal forecasting survey decided against answering a question on which presidential candidate offers the most responsible fiscal policies.  However, Sen. John McCain was the clear favorite of those who answered the question.
Satyam / Think Progress:
Rumsfeld blames the generals for poor pre-war planning.  —  In February 2003, Gen. Eric Shinseki famously predicted that “several hundred thousand” troops would be needed for post-war hostilities in Iraq.  According to documents recently released by the Pentagon in response to The New York Times's expose …
 
 
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Changing Of the Guard  —  Just like Mike earlier today …
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Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Rep. Rick Larsen endorses Barack Obama for president
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John Sullivan / New York Times:
Clinton Aide Says Race May Not Go to Convention
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CBS13/CW31:
DNC Superdelegate Puts His Vote Up For Sale
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's Mommy  —  This is one of the most unusual ads I've seen …
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The New Republic:
Alan Wolfe on the Unity Ticket
 

 
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BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

 
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