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10:15 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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Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Obama wins endorsement of government employees union  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Federation of Government Employees endorsed Barack Obama Friday, giving the Illinois senator fresh momentum toward capturing the Democratic nomination for president.  —  “Our people, I think …
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
New York Times:
Sen. Clinton and the Campaign  —  There is a lot of talk that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is now fated to lose the Democratic nomination and should pull out of the race.  We believe it is her right to stay in the fight and challenge Senator Barack Obama as long as she has the desire and the means to do so.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Don't Expect Clinton to Quit Before Superdelegates Decide
Discussion: MSNBC, Associated Press, MyDD and The Page
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
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 …
Discussion: race42008.com, Corrente and Eunomia
Spencer / Attackerman:
Sometimes I Feel This World Is An Evil Place  —  With Hezbollah seemingly on the verge of a coup in Lebanon, my eyes turn to my friends Chris Allbritton and Rania Abouzeid.  And — thanks a lot, guys — they're in Dubai when I need them to be in Beirut.  Chris, however, has some second-hand information to pass along:
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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 …
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 …
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: Redstate and Washington Monthly
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Paul Krugman:   Why you should hate economists
Andrew G. Biggs / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Faulty Tax Argument  —  As the presidential campaign heats up, a key issue is whether to extend the 2001 and 2003 income tax cuts, which expire in 2011.  John McCain wants to make the tax cuts permanent.  Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton want to let the rates rise.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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
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
Matthew Yglesias:
Against Unity  —  Ed Kilgore's case for an Obama-Clinton ticket has made me like the idea even less.  He canvasses various things Clinton would allegedly bring to the ticket, but in almost every case I can think of better people to bring the quality in question.
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
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
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Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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