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3:17 AM ET, May 9, 2008

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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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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
Discussion: Gawker, Ben Smith's Blogs and Digg
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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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
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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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.
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John Sullivan / New York Times:
Clinton Aide Says Race May Not Go to Convention
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 …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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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.
Discussion: alicublog and Dean's World
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
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 …
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.
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
Bret Schulte / US News:
Why Clinton Stands to Lose Millions  —  The struggling candidate must act quickly if she wants her campaign debts repaid  —  With rounds to fight running out, the self-described Rocky Balboa of politics will soon be forced to assess the damage sustained by the most expensive primary bout in history.
Discussion: Truthdig
 
 
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Discussion: The New Republic
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CBS13/CW31:
DNC Superdelegate Puts His Vote Up For Sale
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Discussion: Club for Growth
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's Mommy  —  This is one of the most unusual ads I've seen …
Discussion: Hot Air
Nadim Ladki / Reuters:
Fighting rocks Beirut, five die, Hezbollah defiant
The New Republic:
Alan Wolfe on the Unity Ticket
 

 
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