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11:05 AM ET, June 2, 2008

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton camp converging on New York Tuesday, and shedding staff  —  Members of Hillary Clinton's advance staff received calls and emails this evening from headquarters summoning them to New York City Tuesday night, and telling them their roles on the campaign are ending, two Clinton staffers tell my colleague Amie Parnes.
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Winning Again, Clinton Weighs Her Options  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton won another overwhelming victory over Senator Barack Obama on Sunday — this time in Puerto Rico — even as many Democrats, including some of her supporters, suggested it would be best if she dropped …
Fafnir / Fafblog:   The Audacity Of Hope
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:   For Now, McCain Has The TV-Ad Scene to Himself
Catherine Dodge / Bloomberg:
Clinton Puerto Rico Win Doesn't Revive Nomination Bid
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:   Clinton seeks to go after Obama superdelegates
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Poised to Claim Victory
Discussion: TalkLeft and Real Clear Politics
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama-Clinton marathon near the line
SusanUnPC / NO QUARTER:
[VIDEO UPDATE] BREAKING NEWS on “Whitey” Tape from Fox News: A TV Network HAS the Tape  —  Here's the text version at TVEyes.com:  —  FNC 06/01/2008 14:43:30: ...>>>  welcome back to our special coverage live coverage from puerto rico. just before the break, roger stone the republican strategist …
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Booman Tribune:
The Michelle Tape  —  My old friend, Larry Johnson, knows about manipulating elections from his training with the Central Intelligence Agency.  He doesn't want Obama to win the nomination for whatever reason, and he's in full propaganda mode to do everything he can to frighten the superdelegates.
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
McClellan Recounts Administration's Missed Chances After '04 Election  —  Believe it or not, even after a week of wall-to-wall media coverage, there's still grist to mull over from the new Scott McClellan memoir, “What Happened.”  —  McClellan, the press-secretary-turned-administration critic …
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
GO.  FIGHT.  WIN.  —  The Post's Michael Abramowitz has a good catch this morning:
Discussion: Shakesville
Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch:
Tomgram: Kill Them! We Are Going to Wipe Them Out!
Discussion: Think Progress
Boston Globe:
Senator Kennedy to have brain surgery this morning  —  Senator Edward M. Kennedy is undergoing surgery for his malignant brain tumor at Duke University this morning, his office announced today.  —  The surgery is to begin about 9 a.m. and will last approximately six hours.
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CNN:   Kennedy to have brain surgery Monday
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Kennedy at Duke for surgery on brain tumor
Discussion: MyDD
Oliver Burkeman / Guardian:
Hillary: my part in her downfall  —  As Hillary Clinton's doomed presidential bid draws to a painful close, one man has been cast as the scapegoat.  In his first interview, Mark Penn, the candidate's former chief strategist, talks to Oliver Burkeman about what went wrong
William Kristol / New York Times:
What Obama Left Out  —  Commencement speeches are hard.  —  I gave one at a college about seven years ago.  I labored over it, consulting orations from years past, writing and rewriting drafts.  I ended up with remarks that struck me — even while I delivered them — as banal and platitudinous.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Favor President Meeting With U.S. Enemies  —  Public thinks it's a good idea to meet with leaders of enemy countries  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Large majorities of Democrats and independents, and even half of Republicans, believe the president of the United States should meet with the leaders …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder, The Swamp and Eschaton
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Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain calls for Iran divestment effort
CNN:
Suicide bomber targets Danish embassy in Pakistan  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — A massive blast targeting the Danish Embassy in Pakistan Monday killed at least six people and wounded more than a dozen, authorities said.  —  The blast left a four-foot deep crater in the road.
Discussion: ThreatsWatch and Jihad Watch
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Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Pastor Hagee: The Antichrist Is Gay, “Partially Jewish, As Was Adolph Hitler” (Paging Joe Lieberman!)  —  On March 16, 2003, on the eve of the United States' invasion of Iraq, Pastor John Hagee took to the pulpit to warn of the coming Antichrist.  In his sermon, “The Final Dictator,” …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard Blog:
(Bumped) Kristol: So long (for a while) to Michael Goldfarb  —  Note to our readers: The online editor of THE WEEKLY STANDARD and proprietor of this blog, Michael Goldfarb, has taken a leave of absence effective today to serve as deputy communications director of the McCain campaign.
Discussion: Salon and Jonathan Martin's Blogs
New York Times:
Mr. Rove Talks, but Doesn't Answer  —  In a recent appearance on “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” Karl Rove was asked if he had a role in the Justice Department's decision to prosecute Don Siegelman.  The former Democratic governor of Alabama was convicted and sentenced to more than seven years …
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
Rev. Pfleger: “America is the Greatest Sin Against God”  —  In another excerpt from Rev. Michael Pfleger's sermon last Sunday, May 25, from the pulpit of Sen. Barack Obama's now former church, Trinity United Church of Christ on the South side of Chicago, the longtime Obama associate condemns America for racism in fairly harsh terms.
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Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Cuts Ties With Church
Discussion: Commentary and Don Surber
 
 
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Iraqi Army interdicting Iranian operations in the South
The Politico:
Drudge Report keeps campaigns guessing
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Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Taliban Leader Flaunts Power Inside Pakistan
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton Ponders Next Move in Marathon Race
Annie Groer / The Huffington Post:
After Buyouts, The Goodbyes: Washington Post Staffers Gather …
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
In Louisiana, Inklings of a New (True) Champion of the Right
Discussion: TIME.com
Associated Press:
Marine, back from Iraq, shot dead in his home town