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9:55 AM ET, May 9, 2008

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Mark Mooney / Political Radar:
Obama Now Takes The Lead in Superdelegates Too  —  ABC News' Karen Travers Reports: For the first time this campaign season, Barack Obama has surpassed Hillary Clinton's support among superdelegates, according to the ABC News delegate estimate.  —  Sen. Obama, D-Ill., picked up two superdelegates …
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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 …
Jeff Mapes / Oregonian:
DeFazio throws support to Obama  —  On Thursday night, Rep. Peter DeFazio became Oregon's third Democratic congressman to endorse Sen.Barack Obama, putting the Illinois politician one delegate closer to the presidential nomination.  —  DeFazio said that Obama, who will begin a two-day campaign trip …
Discussion: American Street
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Don't Expect Clinton to Quit Before Superdelegates Decide
Discussion: MSNBC, The Page and MyDD
New York Times:   Sen. Clinton and the Campaign
Economist:
Almost there  —  Barack Obama deserves the nomination.  It is not yet clear whether he deserves the presidency  —  IN CARTOONS there is often a moment when a hapless character, having galloped over a cliff, is still unaware of the fact and hangs suspended in the air, legs pumping wildly …
Discussion: The Page
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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
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama: McCain's “losing his bearings” by noting that Hamas wants me to win
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Commentary
CNN:
Obama interview: World wants to see U.S. lead
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Swamp
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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
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
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 Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Damsel of Distress  —  This is an amazing story.  The Democratic Party has a winner.  It has a nominee.  You know this because he has the most votes and the most elected delegates, and there's no way, mathematically, his opponent can get past him.  Even after the worst two weeks of his campaign …
Discussion: MSNBC
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
McCain Sets Stage for Fall Run  —  Senator Stakes Out Positions and Fills Campaign Coffers  —  In the three months since effectively capturing the Republican nomination, John McCain has built up his staff, filled campaign coffers and tried to define himself as a reliable conservative but not a George W. Bush clone.
Discussion: MSNBC
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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Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
Alec Baldwin, elected official?  His character on  —  “30 Rock” works for the Bush Administration now...  Alec Baldwin famously quipped years ago that if George W. Bush were elected president, it might be a good time to leave the United States.  Now, however, the “30 Rock” …
Discussion: The Swamp
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Uh-Oh … Obama and Paul are the result of the unfolding Dean revolution in internet politics.  But what Obama has done is use the power of the web to organize on the ground more effectively than any candidate in history.  So far, the non-Paul right has been pretty clueless.
 
 
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