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4:00 AM ET, May 21, 2008


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Another split decision in Democratic race  —  (CNN) — Despite Hillary Clinton's landslide victory in Kentucky, Barack Obama has won a majority of pledged delegates in the race for the Democratic nomination.  —  Clinton won Kentucky by more than 30 points, but Obama's share of the state's 51 delegates …
New York Times:
Obama Says Nomination ‘Within Reach’  —  DES MOINES — Senator Barack Obama took a big step toward becoming the Democratic presidential nominee on Tuesday, amassing enough additional delegates to claim an all but insurmountable advantage in his race against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Schneider: Democratic division continues to run deep
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Clinton Fades Even in a Victory
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Sees Many Reasons to Stay In
Discussion: Gristmill
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Problems for the Obama Juggernaut?
Matthew Yglesias:
McCainiacs for Clinton  —  Well, as predicted Obama won Oregon …
Discussion: Eunomia
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Live blogging Kentucky, Oregon
Robert Knight /
Free Concert by Popular Band Preceded Obama's Big Rally  —  From CNN to the New York Times, the media hyped Barack Obama's Portland, Oregon rally on Sunday, some comparing him to a rock star.  —  Unmentioned in national reporting was the fact that Obama was preceded by a rare …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
We've Been Had  —  This was Obama's rally in Oregon over the weekend, which saw 75,000 people gather on the waterfront, on a sunny summer day, to hear the great one speak.  Or did they?  The headline in the New York Times was “Obama Draws Huge Crowd in Oregon.”  So they must have been there to see Obama, right?
Discussion: Pitchfork
Hugh Hewitt /
Obama's Decemberists  —  Turns out that Obama's opening act at the megarally was The Decemberists, a hugely popular indie rock band, which typically opens their concerts with the Soviet National Anthem.  —  How odd that the MSM didn't tell us that a few of the 75K in attendance may have come for the tunes.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Boston Globe:
Sen. Edward Kennedy diagnosed with brain tumor; prognosis seen as uncertain  —  Senator Kennedy was joined in a Mass. General solarium today by his son Patrick; stepson Curran Raclin; son Edward M. Kennedy Jr.; daughter Kara Kennedy; and wife, Victoria.  —  By Brian C. Mooney, Globe Staff
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Sen. Kennedy has malignant brain tumor  —  BOSTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor.  —  Doctors for the Massachusetts Democrat say tests conducted after Kennedy suffered a seizure this weekend show a tumor in his left parietal lobe.  Preliminary results from a biopsy …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Life's Work  —  I'm very sorry that Senator Kennedy is facing …
Sara Just / Political Radar:
McCain Has Record Fundraising Month  —  ABC News's Bret Hovell reports: Senator John McCain raised approximately $18 million during the month of April, according to a spokeswoman for his campaign.  —  That is the most that McCain has raised in any month of the campaign so far.
Ed OKeefe / Political Punch:
Obama Takes In More Than $31 Million in April  —  Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., hauled in $31.9 million in April (including $600,000 for the general election) to continue his battle for the Democratic nomination against Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, ABC news was first to report tonight.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Donklephant
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Key Clinton Constituencies Moving Toward Obama  —  Obama now competitive among women, whites, and the less educated  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking has documented a surge in Democratic voters' support for Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in recent days …
Marc Ambinder:
The Party Coalesces Around Obama
Discussion: Daily Kos
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Large Lead Over Clinton
Discussion: and protein wisdom
Marc Ambinder:
Why Are Superdelegates Waiting?  —  Clinton talking point: the superdelegates aren't satisfied yet; they want the race to continue; a large number are waiting.  —  Discussion: Many of those superdelegates are from districts and states that Clinton won, but they haven't endorsed her …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TERRY'S NEW GOALPOSTS  —  If I'm not mistaken Terrry McAuliffe just announced two new goalposts.  —  1. Hillary has gotten more votes and delegates since March 4th.  —  2. Hillary has gotten more votes in a nomination race than anyone in history.  “Hillary Clinton has now received …
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
McCain Is Losing the Iran Debate  —  Two thoughts on the Obama-Iran-appeasement controversy:  —  1. It seems to me that it's a victory for Obama.  The Iran debate is being defined as one of diplomatic engagement versus diplomatic isolation, with Obama presenting himself as the bearer …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Should Obama Have Played In Kentucky?  —  Obviously, he never had a real shot of winning.  But, if you go by pure demographics, he certainly should have come a lot closer than he did.  Obama lost college grads by a whopping 56-40 margin, for example, a group he normally carries.
Nate /
Kentucky Projection: Clinton by 19
Discussion: MyDD and Ben Smith's Blogs
Sara Reistad-Long / New York Times:
Older Brain Really May Be a Wiser Brain  —  When older people can no longer remember names at a cocktail party, they tend to think that their brainpower is declining.  But a growing number of studies suggest that this assumption is often wrong.  —  Instead, the research finds …
Discussion: Althouse
Bashers Beware  —  The Presidency: It takes little courage — or brains — to join the mob vilifying President Bush.  But the Democrats (and Republicans, too) depicting him as villain will one day regret it.  —  In the eyes of members of both parties, George W. Bush seems to be the cause …
Discussion: Power Line and Sadly, No!
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Chuck Hagel Takes On McCain, Repeatedly Praises Obama  —  Chuck Hagel is quickly becoming Barack Obama's answer to Joe Lieberman.  —  The Republican Senator from Nebraska was a political thorn in McCain's side on Tuesday night, repeatedly lavishing praise on the presumptive Democratic candidate …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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My lady parts do not ache for Hillary Clinton.
Matthew Yglesias:
Zellification  —  I speculated maybe a week or two ago …
Discussion: The New Republic
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