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7:50 AM ET, May 15, 2008


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New York Times:
John Edwards Endorses Barack Obama  —  At a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Wednesday evening, John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama, who was on the stage with him, to be the Democratic nominee for president.  —  Sounding a theme of a nation divided into parts by walls, Mr. Edwards said …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Edwards To Endorse Obama  —  ABC News' Kate Snow, Raelyn Johnson, Sunlen Miller, and Rick Klein Report: Former Sen. John Edwards is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy Wednesday evening, in a dramatic attempt by the Obama campaign to answer concerns regarding Obama's appeal …
The Caucus:
Edwards Endorses Obama  —  John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)  —  “The reason I am here tonight is because the Democratic voters in America have made their choice, and so have I,” Mr. Edwards said.
Matt / 2008 Democratic Convention Watch:
What happens to Edwards' delegates?  —  With John Edwards' endorsement of Barack Obama this evening, the question everyone is asking is, “What happens to Edwards' pledged delegates?”  —  Well, the first answer, is nothing.  As we were reminded yesterday, pledged delegates can vote for anybody at any time.
John Edwards / CNN:
Edwards to endorse Obama
Taegan Goddard / Political Insider:   The Case for Edwards as Obama's Running Mate
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Edwards to Endorse Obama
Obama Apologizes to WXYZ Reporter  —  UPDATE: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama has apologized to WXYZ reporter Peggy Agar for calling her “sweetie” during a campaign stop Wednesday in Sterling Heights.  —  Obama apologized in a voicemail he left on Agar's cell phone at 3:16 p.m:
Washington Times:
Cindy McCain's ‘privacy’ charade  —  Cindy McCain refuses to release her tax returns.  This is not just a questionable political decision that threatens to haunt her husband's campaign for the next six months.  It is also the wrong decision.  Mrs. McCain needs to change her mind and release the returns as quickly as possible.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
McCain's wife sells Sudan-related investments  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Cindy McCain, whose husband has been a critic of the violence in Sudan, sold off more than $2 million in mutual funds whose holdings include companies that do business in the African nation.
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown Special Comment to President Bush: “Shut the hell up.”  —  In an astoundingly ignorant interview with The Politico's Mike Allen Tuesday, President Bush insinuated that electing a Democrat in November would lead to another attack on America, and revealed that he made the ultimate sacrifice …
Associated Press:
Bush comments on everything from wedding to Iraq  —  Transcript of interview that President Bush gave Tuesday to Politico magazine and the Internet portal Yahoo in the Oval Office, as transcribed by the White House.  Some questions were sent to the president from online readers.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Think Progress
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush's Idea of Sacrifice
Discussion: Wonkette and American Street
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
Sean Penn warns Barack Obama at Cannes Film Festival opening  —  The Cannes Film Festival got off to a lively start with Sean Penn, president of this year's jury, sounding off about US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama and the opening movie almost being upstaged by a bunch of performing pandas.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Don Surber
New York Times:
Republican Election Losses Stir Fall Fears  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican defeat in a special Congressional contest in Mississippi sent waves of apprehension across an already troubled party Wednesday, with some senior Republicans urging Congressional candidates to distance themselves …
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Alarm bells for House GOP  —  They said the first was an outlier.  The second, a fluke.  But after losing their third seat this year in a special election, House Republicans faced the possibility on Wednesday that if they don't repair their image with voters, they could be in for another rough November.
Discussion: Rough Sketch
Wall Street Journal:
Uribe Calls Pelosi's Bluff  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's main excuse for trying to kill the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement is that Colombian President Álvaro Uribe winks at atrocities by his country's illegal paramilitary groups.  The charge has always been false …
Marc Ambinder:
EMILY's List Hits Back At NARAL  —  For the Obama endorsement.  Here's a statement by EMILY's List president Ellen Malcolm: … Pro-lifers are going to have a lot of fun with this one...
Discussion: Salon, The Page and The New Republic
Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
Is Obama Too Far Left on Taxes?  —  Centrist Democrats to Obama: Bring Tax Talk to Center  —  The centrist Democratic group instrumental to former President Clinton's rise to the White House in 1992 has some advice for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.: get to the center, starting with taxes.
Discussion: Redstate
TBlumer / BizzyBlog:
Jeremiah Wright's Trumpet Newsmagazine: Cover Pic ‘Highlights’ (Farrakhan, Sharpton, Jackson, Others)  —  IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING POSTS:  — May 14 — As Media Ogles, Stanley Kurtz Trumpets the Obviously Deep Obama-Wright Connections  — May 12 — Attention Stanley Kurtz Re Obama, Wright, Trumpet: I've Got You Covered
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