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8:50 AM ET, June 2, 2008

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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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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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Fafnir / Fafblog:
The Audacity Of Hope  —  So now everybody's all “oh, Hillary Clinton can't win the nomination” and “oh, Hillary Clinton can't be president” and “oh, Hillary Clinton, haven't they sedated her yet.”  Well that's just talking crazy talk!  There's tons a stuff that can happen between …
Discussion: The Sideshow
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton Wins Easily in Puerto Rico
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Popular Vote Total After Puerto Rico
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.
CNN:
Kennedy to have brain surgery Monday  —  BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) — Sen. Edward Kennedy announced Monday he will undergo surgery to treat a malignant brain tumor.  —  “Over the past several days, Vicki and I, along with my outstanding team of doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital …
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Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Kennedy undergoing surgery for brain tumor  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will undergo surgery Monday at Duke University Medical Center for his cancerous brain tumor and then faces chemotherapy and radiation treatment, his office said.  —  The 76-year-old senator was diagnosed …
Guardian:
US accused of holding suspects on prison ships  —  The United States is operating “floating prisons” to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal the numbers and whereabouts of detainees.
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: The Swamp
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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Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
In Louisiana, Inklings of a New (True) Champion of the Right  —  BATON ROUGE, La. — Religion and fiscal stringency have a friendly home at the state Capitol here, with a conservative, Bobby Jindal, in the governor's office, a host of straight-arrow novice legislators eager to please …
Discussion: TIME.com
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Muslim seminary issues fatwa against terrorism  —  A Muslim Indian seminary which is said to have inspired the Taliban has issued a fatwa against terrorism, insisting that Islam is a religion of peace.  —  Senior clerics from the 150-year-old Darul Uloom Deoband issued the edict saying they wished to wipe out terrorism.
Discussion: Mercury Rising
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 …
Stuart Silverstein / Top of the Ticket:
McCain proposes squeezing Iran financially  —  In a speech he will deliver this morning, John McCain manages to take a slap at Barack Obama and Iran at the same time.  —  McCain, according to excerpts of a prepared address to the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, will ridicule the notion of negotiating …
Ross Douthat:
The Dog That Didn't Bark  —  Todd Purdum on Bill Clinton, in the forthcoming Vanity Fair: … It's interesting that Purdum and VF are coming out with this piece now, with Hillary Clinton's campaign more or less finished, since this sort of gossip has been in circulation for a while …
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The day the Democrats lost it  —  From Dana Milbank's coverage …
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
IT SOUNDED RIGHT TO THEM  —  One of the several reasons …
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