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3:00 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.
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Aides: Tomorrow Night's Speech Isn't Concession  —  Senior Clinton campaign aides privy to the construction of tomorrow night's election night celebration in New York insist that Sen. Clinton will not use the occasion to drop out of the race.  —  They project that Clinton will do better …
Discussion: Donklephant
Marc Ambinder:   Clinton Clue: Staffers Urged To Turn In Receipts
Nitya / Political Radar:   Bill Clinton: 'This May Be the Last Day I'm Ever Involved …
Marc Ambinder:   Clinton Clues
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:   Clinton expected to decide future of her candidacy
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Clinton plans New York speech
Discussion: Donklephant
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Ahmadinejad says Israel will soon disappear … Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted on Monday that Muslims would uproot “satanic powers” and repeated his controversial belief that Israel will soon disappear, the Mehr news agency reported.  —  “I must announce that the Zionist regime …
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John McCain 2008:
Remarks By John McCain at AIPAC
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain on Iran: Obama still doesn't know the history Update: Full speech added
Discussion: Firedoglake and Israel Matzav
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
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: Salon, The Crypt's Blogs and Wonkette
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Winning Again, Clinton Weighs Her Options
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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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.
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Ben / Think Progress:   Kristol: Obama was rolling in the dough as community organizer.
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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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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Return of That '70s Show?  —  Which decade is it, anyway?  —  Not long ago it seemed as if everyone watching the carnage in financial markets was drawing scary parallels with the 1930s.  —  This time, however, Ben Bernanke and his colleagues at the Federal Reserve did what their predecessors failed …
 
 
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