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3:20 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.
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  —  Clinton Campaign staffers and former campaign staffers are being urged by the Clinton campaign's finance department to turn in their outstanding expense receipts by the end of the week.  That's a sign, to them, that the campaign wants to get its affairs in order soon.
Nitya / Political Radar:   Bill Clinton: 'This May Be the Last Day I'm Ever Involved …
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 …
Nitya / Political Radar:
Clinton Schedule Show Signs of Slowing  —  ABC News' Kate Snow Reports: For those reading the tea leaves, there are strong signs the Clinton campaign may be preparing for the end.  —  Late last night an email went out to advance staffers— the folks who usually prepare sites for future Clinton campaign events.
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Winning Again, Clinton Weighs Her Options
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Clinton plans New York speech
Discussion: Donklephant
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
Clinton expected to decide future of her candidacy
Discussion: TIME.com
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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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
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.
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 / 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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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.”
 
 
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