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3:25 PM 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 …
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 …
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.
Gallup Daily: Obama Not Yet Pulling Away  —  Democratic nomination preferences remain evenly divided  —  PRINCETON, NJ — According to Gallup Poll Daily tracking, Democratic voters remain closely divided in their presidential nomination preferences, with 48% favoring Barack Obama and 46% backing Hillary Clinton.
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Rahm Emanuel: Obama Is Our Presumptive Nominee  —  One of the most influential (and thus far subdued) voices in the Democratic primary all but declared the contest over on Friday morning.  —  “At this point, Barack is the presumptive nominee,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel during the New Yorker's magazine conference.
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 …
Hotline On Call:
Of Balls And Bearings  —  JERSEY CITY, NJ - Asked to respond to Barack Obama's comment that the 71-year old senator is “losing his bearings,” John McCain said today that questions raised about his age are “fine with me.”  —  And, he added, if age is a legitimate issue, so are a few things about his likely opponent.
Discussion: The Page and Commentary
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama Pledges Support for Israel, Blasts McCain Hamas Comments
Discussion: The Sleuth and MSNBC
Scott Martelle / Top of the Ticket:
John McCain called out by Jed Bartlet's aides
Discussion: PERRspectives Blog
Killing by the numbers  —  In 2007 elite U.S. snipers executed an unarmed Iraqi prisoner in cold blood.  Have the insidious tactics that led to atrocities in Vietnam reemerged in Iraq?  —  Genei Nesir Khudair al-Janabi, an Iraqi vegetable farmer, walked down to the ramshackle pump house along the banks of the Euphrates.
Discussion: Swampland
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.
Alan Jacobs / Wall Street Journal:
Come On, You Call This a Manifesto?  —  In 1974 a committee of evangelical Christians, headed by Billy Graham, convened an “International Congress on World Evangelization” in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Graham and other evangelical leaders felt that the whole evangelical movement …
Discussion: Eunomia
Alan Jacobs / The American Scene:
THE MANIFESTO THAT ISN'T  —  I have a brief essay in the Wall …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Republicans vote against Mother's Day.  —  On Wednesday, the House took up the seemingly uncontroversial H. Res. 1113, “Celebrating the role of mothers in the United States and supporting the goals and ideals of Mother's Day.”  The resolution initially passed 412 to 0, until Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) rose in protest:
Hezbollah militias seize West Beirut  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) — Hezbollah militias took control of western Beirut on Friday, dealing a major blow to the U.S.-backed government in the worst sectarian violence since the end of Lebanon's civil war in 1990.  —  Walid Jumblatt …
Jack Kelly / Real Clear Politics:
Obama Needs a History Lesson  —  In his victory speech after the North Carolina primary, Sen. Barack Obama said something that is all the more remarkable for how little it has been remarked upon.  —  In defending his stated intent to meet with America's enemies without preconditions, Sen. Obama said:
Krooney / The Page:
Did Edwards Tip His Hand?  —  Former presidential candidate appears on MSNBC, refuses to reveal who he voted for on Tuesday.  —  But says in passing- “I just voted for him on Tuesday.”  Or was it “just voted for 'em?”  Or something else? … Also says there's “a great likelihood” …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
IRAN'S WEAPONS....Tina Susman of the LA Times reports that Iranian involvement in Iraq's civil war may not be everything it's been cracked up to be: … This item only showed up on the LAT's Iraq blog, not in a regular news piece.  If it weren't for the blog, I wonder if we ever would have heard of this?
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.”
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 …
National Journal Online:
Q&A: James Clyburn  —  The House Majority Whip On The State Of The Democratic Primary Campaign  —  Fri.  —  National Journal's Linda Douglass spoke with House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., for the May 9 edition of “National Journal On Air.”  This is a transcript of their conversation.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
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resource tradeoffs and the war on ideas
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Sticking Points for Obama
David Brooks / New York Times:
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Conservative attack group riling Democrats
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jon Henke / QandO:
THE NEXT RIGHT  —  Patrick Ruffini, Soren Dayton and I are launching …
Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Obama Camp Faces Major Obstacles In Plan To Help Clinton Pay Off Debt
Discussion: The Caucus, The Swamp and TalkLeft
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bill Clinton Strikes Again: He Heatedly Argues With A Voter (UPDATED)
Discussion: Hot Air
CBC News:
RCMP subdue hospitalized man, 82, with Taser
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Friday Line: Veepstakes!
Discussion: Don Surber and Club for Growth
New York Times:
NY Times, Washington Post Confirm Arianna's Story That McCain Did Not Vote For Bush
The Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews Debuts New Hairdo
Peggy O'Hare / Houston Chronicle:
3 accused of using corpse head to smoke pot