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11:25 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 / Los Angeles Times:
Obama wins endorsement of government employees union  —  WASHINGTON — 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 …
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
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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Don't Expect Clinton to Quit Before Superdelegates Decide
Discussion: MSNBC, MyDD, The Page and Associated Press
CNN:
Obama narrows Clinton's lead in superdelegates
Discussion: 2008 Democratic …
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:
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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New York Times:
Shiite Militias Seize Beirut Neighborhoods
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Hullabaloo
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 …
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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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.
New York Times:
NY Times, Washington Post Confirm Arianna's Story That McCain Did Not Vote For Bush  —  On Monday, Arianna reported that John McCain told her he had not voted for George W. Bush in 2000.  Today, both The New York Times AND The Washington Post published articles with sources confirming John McCain …
Discussion: The Trail and Political Machine
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain's Vote in 2000 Is Revived in a Ruckus
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 …
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 …
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 …
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
You want radical?  You got it  —  Supreme Court justices take an oath promising to “faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties . . . of the Supreme Court of the United States under the Constitution and laws of the United States.  So help me God.”
Discussion: protein wisdom and Dr. Helen
 
 
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Discussion: MSNBC
The Huffington Post:
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Fester / Newshoggers.com:
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