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9:25 PM ET, June 2, 2008

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Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Summons Top Donors, Supporters For Tuesday Speech  —  stumble digg reddit del.ico.us news trust buzz up  —  Hillary Clinton has summoned top donors and backers to attend her New York speech tomorrow night in an unusual move that is being widely interpreted to mean she plans to suspend her campaign and endorse Barack Obama.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton aides rallying donors, floating convention fight: “August, and no earlier”  —  A Clinton donor tells me that on a conference call today with major fundraisers this afternoon, Harold Ickes told them Clinton isn't planning to drop out.  He pressed donors to stay unified …
CNN:
Sources: Most uncommitted senators to endorse Obama  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Most of the seventeen Democratic senators who have remained uncommitted throughout the primaries will endorse Barack Obama for president this week, CNN has learned.  —  Sources familiar with discussions between Obama supporters …
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Clue: Staffers Urged To Turn In Receipts  —  Clinton Campaign staffers and former campaign staffers are being urged by the Clinton campaign's finance department to turn in their outstanding expense receipts by the end of the week.  That's a sign, to them, that the campaign wants to get its affairs in order soon.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
BILL'S ‘LAST DAY’?  —  From NBC/NJ's Matthew Berger  —  MILBANK, S.D. — Bill Clinton acknowledged Monday that today may be his last campaigning for his wife.  —  “I want to say also, that this may be the last day I'm ever involved in a campaign of this kind,” the former president said at a town hall at the Milbank Visitor Center.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
A SUPERDELEGATE FLOOD COMING?  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  Buzz on the Capitol Hill suggests that has many as 34 of the undeclared superdelegates residing in the House will endorse Obama by Wednesday.  As many as 18 of these 34 — many of them elected to Congress in the last four years …
Discussion: Open Left, Daily Kos and The Jed Report
Walter Alarkon / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:   Both Obama And Clinton To Be In NYC Wednesday
CNN:
Bill Clinton: This could be the ‘last day’
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:   Clinton Calling It Quits?
The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton: Purdum a “Sleazy” “Slimy” “Scumbag”  —  stumble digg reddit del.ico.us news trust buzz up  —  MILBANK, S.D. — Former President Bill Clinton today unleashed a salty stream of epithets to describe former New York Times reporter and current Vanity Fair writer Todd Purdum …
Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER:
Michelle Obama and Louis Farrakhan Take On Whitey  —  I learned over the weekend why the Republicans who have seen the tape of Michelle Obama ranting about “whitey” describe it as “STUNNING.”  I have not seen it but I have heard from five separate sources who have spoken directly with people who have seen the tape.
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Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER:
Desperate Obama Disinformation Over Michelle “Whitey” Video
Discussion: Power Line and CANNONFIRE
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton rejects concession buzz
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Dick Cheney's Incest Joke Irks West Virginian Lawmakers  —  UPDATE: Vice President Dick Cheney has apologized through his spokeswoman for making an offhand joke during a speech at the National Press Club Monday stereotyping West Virginia as a state prone to incest.
Marc Ambinder:
Exclusive: McCain Almost Took “One-Term” Pledge  —  When he formally announced his presidential candidacy last year, Sen. John McCain was inches away from making an unprecedented pledge: if he were elected, he would serve only one term as president.  —  It could have been an earth-shifting moment for the campaign and the primary.
Vanessa Colón / Fresno Bee:
Bullard High valedictorian to be deported  —  Arthur Mkoyan's 4.0 grade-point average has made him a valedictorian at Bullard High School in Fresno and qualified him to enter one of the state's top universities.  —  But while his classmates look forward to dorm food and college courses this fall, Arthur Mkoyan may not make it.
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Think Progress:
High school valedictorian living in America since age two faces deportation.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Vindication for the Bush Critique  —  As the response to former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's new book enters its second week, the focus has shifted to the messenger rather than his message.  —  McClellan is a flawed vessel for any serious communication.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Think Progress
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Matthew Sheffield / NewsBusters.org:
Scott McClellan Originally Planned to Attack Media, Defend Bush
Discussion: Redstate
Agence France Presse:
Ahmadinejad says Israel will soon disappear … Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted on Monday that Muslims would uproot “satanic powers” and repeated his controversial belief that Israel will soon disappear, the Mehr news agency reported.  —  “I must announce that the Zionist regime …
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Bob Barr to Stormfront: Drop Dead  —  One of the bigger media blunders the Ron Paul campaign made was its handling of endorsements from the bigots at Stormfront.  White nationalists slithered around the fringes of the Paul movement, and Paul refused to return a donation from Stormfronter Don Black …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Cheney Offers False Excuse For His ‘So?’  Comment: I Meant, 'What's The Question, Martha?'  —  In an interview on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, Vice President Cheney told ABC's Martha Raddatz that he doesn't care about the American public's views on the war:
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Afghan insurgents ‘on brink of defeat’  —  Missions by special forces and air strikes by unmanned drones have “decapitated” the Taliban and brought the war in Afghanistan to a “tipping point”, the commander of British forces has said.  —  The new “precise, surgical” tactics have killed scores …
 
 
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McCain's Top Strategist Lobbied For Iran-Linked Firm
Matt / Think Progress:
Romney Criticizes Obama For Visiting Iraq Only Once, Despite …
Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain has ‘senior moment’ on the campaign trail: ‘I will win in January.’
Rachel La Corte / Tri-City Herald:
Another WA superdelegate endorses Obama
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Accountability  —  The presidential primary wasn't the only thing …
Marty Lederman / SCOTUSblog:
The Santos Resolution (?)  —  Santos, argued the first week …
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Andrew Sullivan suffering cognitive dissonance over Iraq, Obama
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Even for McCain Crowd, Clinton's Worth a Mention
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Possible McCain SecDef questions recognition of Israel [CORRECTED]
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
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Peter Schweizer / Examiner:
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New York Times:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Newest McCain official: President has “near dictatorial powers”
The Politico:
Drudge Report keeps campaigns guessing
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Pastor Hagee: The Antichrist Is Gay, “Partially Jewish, As Was …