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2:20 PM ET, June 2, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Winning Again, Clinton Weighs Her Options
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Clues
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Aides: Tomorrow Night's Speech Isn't Concession
Discussion: Donklephant
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Clue: Staffers Urged To Turn In Receipts
Discussion: Donklephant
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:   Clinton expected to decide future of her candidacy
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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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 …
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 …
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
GO.  FIGHT.  WIN.  —  The Post's Michael Abramowitz has a good catch this morning:
Discussion: MyDD
Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch:
Tomgram: Kill Them! We Are Going to Wipe Them Out!
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
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Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
In AIPAC Speech, McCain Hits Obama on Iran, Iraq
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
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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.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE END GAME  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** The end game: With Florida and Michigan now resolved, and with the magic number now at 2,118 delegates, the focus is all about the end game — for Clinton and Obama.
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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 …
The Politico:
Drudge Report keeps campaigns guessing  —  May 19 was a fairly typical day in the recent life of the Drudge Report.  —  There was a breathtaking picture of Sen. Barack Obama's rally in Portland, Ore., framed by the words “AS FAR AS CAMERA'S EYE CAN SEE ... THE OBAMA MASS.”
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
 
 
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