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12:40 PM 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 …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Clinton seeks to go after Obama superdelegates
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Marc Ambinder:   Clinton Clues
Fafnir / Fafblog:   The Audacity Of Hope
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 and Shakesville
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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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains 10-Point Lead Over Clinton
Discussion: Open Left and Donklephant
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.
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   Newest McCain official: President has “near dictatorial powers”
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Popular Vote Scenario Tester, Online Version [UPDATED]  —  There are more ways to count the popular vote (by my count, 972) than there are to eat a Whopper.  And now you can pick your favorite.  —  Note: I had originally used 200,000 as my estimate for Washington caucus turnout, which is a fairly widely reported figure.
Discussion: The Numbers and Pollster.com
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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,” …
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
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
Dan Christensen / MiamiHerald.com:
Diaz-Balarts back bill after donation  —  Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart co-sponsored a bill shortly after accepting $10,000 in campaign contributions from a company pushing the bill.  They say the legislation is needed.  —  AIM  —  dchristensen@MiamiHerald.com
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and MiamiHerald.com
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Iraqi Army interdicting Iranian operations in the South  —  Click to view larger interactive map of southern Iraq.  —  Iraqi and Coalition forces press operations against the Mahdi Army in Baghdad and Basrah despite the cease-fire signed with the Mahdi Army in Sadr City.
 
 
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Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Afghan insurgents ‘on brink of defeat’
Associated Press:
Parents object to Muslim presentation at Gulf Coast school
New York Times:
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Shocker: Pfleger hates America, too!
Washington Post:
No Dem Damage to Their Day  —  D anielle DeBuchanann e's wedding …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Return of That '70s Show?
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Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
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The Politico:
Drudge Report keeps campaigns guessing
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
For Now, McCain Has The TV-Ad Scene to Himself
Fox News:
Large Explosion Rocks Danish Embassy in Pakistan, at Least 5 Killed
New York Times:
Mr. Rove Talks, but Doesn't Answer
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
In Louisiana, Inklings of a New (True) Champion of the Right
Discussion: TIME.com