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1:10 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
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE END GAME
Fafnir / Fafblog:
The Audacity Of Hope
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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”
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 …
Discussion: TIME.com and Political Machine
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 in hospital for brain surgery
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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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
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Associated Press:
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New York Times:
What Do You Call a Terror(Jihad)ist?
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Washington Post:
No Dem Damage to Their Day  —  D anielle DeBuchanann e's wedding …
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Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Student Loans Start to Bypass 2-Year Colleges
CNN:
Suicide bomber targets Danish embassy in Pakistan
Discussion: ThreatsWatch and Jihad Watch
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Iraqi Army interdicting Iranian operations in the South
The Politico:
Drudge Report keeps campaigns guessing
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Popular Vote Scenario Tester, Online Version [UPDATED]
Discussion: The Numbers and Pollster.com
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Poised to Claim Victory
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