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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 …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Clinton seeks to go after Obama superdelegates  —  RAPID CITY, S.D. - As Barack Obama turns to concentrate on his general election challenge, his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton is mounting a last ditch campaign to stay relevant in what is left of the Democratic presidential contest.
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
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Poised to Claim Victory
Discussion: TalkLeft and Real Clear Politics
Catherine Dodge / Bloomberg:
Clinton Puerto Rico Win Doesn't Revive Nomination Bid
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama-Clinton marathon near the line
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:   Clinton Ponders Next Move in Marathon Race
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton Wins Easily in Puerto Rico
Discussion: marbury
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.
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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Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Kennedy to undergo surgery at Duke for brain tumor
Discussion: MyDD
CNN:   Kennedy to have brain surgery Monday
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.
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,” …
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Fox News:
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Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Muslim seminary issues fatwa against terrorism
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After Buyouts, The Goodbyes: Washington Post Staffers Gather …
New York Times:
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In Louisiana, Inklings of a New (True) Champion of the Right
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
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Associated Press:
Marine, back from Iraq, shot dead in his home town
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William E. Odom, 75; Military Adviser to 2 Administrations
David Harrison / Telegraph:
Christian preachers face arrest in Birmingham