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8:50 AM ET, May 9, 2008

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Robert Schwaneberg / New Jersey Online:
Congressman Payne, NJ superdelegate, switches from Clinton to Obama  —  Rep. Donald Payne (D-10th Dist.), a New Jersey superdelegate who had been supporting Hillary Clinton for president, has switched his allegiance to Barack Obama.  —  “After careful consideration, I have reached the conclusion …
Discussion: The Page and Real Clear Politics
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Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
Not Quite Yet  —  Elite opinion on the Democratic race has congealed around the idea that it is over.  Clinton has no chance whatsoever to win the nomination now.  There is a minority of analysts out there - maybe 5%, maybe even less - who see her path to the nomination as much narrower …
Discussion: race42008.com, Corrente and Eunomia
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Don't Expect Clinton to Quit Before Superdelegates Decide  —  How will the Democratic nomination battle end?  —  At a time when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton faces ever longer odds in her quest to deny Sen. Barack Obama the nomination, that question has become increasingly important to the candidates and the party.
Discussion: The Page and MyDD
Jonann Brady / ABCNEWS:
Democratic Dream Team in the Works?  —  Nomination Endgame Fuels Behind the Scenes Push for Obama-Clinton Ticket  —  With pressure growing on Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., to end her presidential campaign, “intermediaries” have resumed discussing the possibility of an Obama-Clinton “dream team” ticket.
John Sullivan / New York Times:
Clinton Aide Says Race May Not Go to Convention
CNN:
Al Qaeda in Iraq leader not captured - U.S.  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the head of al Qaeda in Iraq, has not been captured, a senior U.S. military official told CNN on Friday.  —  Iraqi authorities said Thursday that al-Masri had been captured in Mosul.
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James Hider / Times of London:
Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri captured  —  Iraqi forces claimed tonight to have arrested the head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq during an operation in the northern city of Mosul, one of the terrorist organisation's last major hold-outs in the country.  —  Abu Ayyub al-Masri …
Patrick Quinn / Associated Press:
Iraqi army says Iraqi al-Qaida leader arrested
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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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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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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Michael Luo / New York Times:   In F.E.C. Moves, Some See Effort to Aid McCain
Larry C. Johnson / The Huffington Post:
The Obama Democrats' Ostrich Moment  —  The full-court press to force Hillary from the presidential race ain't working.  She will win the West Virginia, Kentucky, and Puerto Rico primaries.  —  But the screwed-up, patchwork system the Democrats are using to choose delegates has given small states …
Discussion: Bang the Drum and Washington Post
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
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Spin Cycle
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Thinking About November  —  The fight for the Democratic nomination seems to be winding down.  It's not completely over, but the odds now overwhelmingly favor Barack Obama.  —  Assuming that Mr. Obama is the nominee, he'll lead a party that, judging by the usual indicators …
Fester / Newshoggers.com:
Rendell as Obama's VP does not make sense  —  Now that the primary season finally appears to be winding down and exhausted political junkies like myself can take a breather before the pre-convention definition and registration battles begin, the talk is shifting to what arrangements …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Pentagon Drops Post in Pakistan for Top General  —  WASHINGTON — When the Pentagon announced in March that Maj. Gen. Jay W. Hood would become the senior American officer based in Pakistan, it reflected the military's aim to put a crisis-tested veteran in a critical job at a pivotal …
Peggy O'Hare / Houston Chronicle:
3 accused of using corpse head to smoke pot  —  The Kingwood teenager's story of decapitating a corpse and using the head to smoke marijuana was so outlandish that at first Houston Police Department senior police officer Jim Adkins did not believe it.  —  Yet, Kevin Wade Jones Jr., 17 …
Discussion: Vodkapundit
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.
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 …
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 …
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Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Rep. Rick Larsen endorses Barack Obama for president
Discussion: The Page and Booman Tribune
 
 
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