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7:30 PM ET, June 2, 2008

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Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Summons Top Donors, Supporters For Tuesday Speech  —  stumble digg reddit del.ico.us news trust buzz up  —  Hillary Clinton has summoned top donors and backers to attend her New York speech tomorrow night in an unusual move that is being widely interpreted to mean she plans to suspend her campaign and endorse Barack Obama.
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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 …
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 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.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Tuesday night in New York
Nitya / Political Radar:
Clinton Campaign Shows Signs of Slowing
Discussion: Newsday, The Trail and TIME.com
Walter Alarkon / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:   Both Obama And Clinton To Be In NYC Wednesday
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton rejects concession buzz
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:   Clinton Calling It Quits?
Nitya / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton: 'This May Be the Last Day I'm Ever Involved …
Discussion: The Jed Report
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” …
Discussion: Hot Air and QandO
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton: Purdum a “Sleazy” “Slimy” “Scumbag”  —  stumble digg reddit del.ico.us news trust buzz up  —  MILBANK, S.D. — Former President Bill Clinton today unleashed a salty stream of epithets to describe former New York Times reporter and current Vanity Fair writer Todd Purdum …
Discussion: TIME.com and Political Punch
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Bill Clinton / Real Clear Politics:
The Facts About Clinton's Post-Presidency
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Swamp
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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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Vindication for the Bush Critique
Discussion: Firedoglake and Think Progress
Marc Ambinder:
Exclusive: McCain Almost Took “One-Term” Pledge  —  When he formally announced his presidential candidacy last year, Sen. John McCain was inches away from making an unprecedented pledge: if he were elected, he would serve only one term as president.  —  It could have been an earth-shifting moment for the campaign and the primary.
Discussion: Redstate, New York Magazine and Hot Air
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Bob Barr to Stormfront: Drop Dead  —  One of the bigger media blunders the Ron Paul campaign made was its handling of endorsements from the bigots at Stormfront.  White nationalists slithered around the fringes of the Paul movement, and Paul refused to return a donation from Stormfronter Don Black …
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Dick Cheney's Incest Joke Irks West Virginian Lawmakers  —  UPDATE: Add West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's voice to the chorus of outrage from Mountain State politicians over Vice President Dick Cheney's incest joke.  Manchin, a Democrat, wants an apology from the veep, ASAP.
Discussion: Wonkette and Balloon Juice
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
Even for McCain Crowd, Clinton's Worth a Mention  —  NASHVILLE - Senator John McCain spent so much of his appearance here at the Ryman Auditorium - one of the ancestral homes of the Grand Ole Opry - hammering Senator Barack Obama that an audience member rose during the question-and-answer session …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain's Music City surprise
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
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 …
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.”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Possible McCain SecDef questions recognition of Israel [CORRECTED]  —  A Democratic source, just in time for the Aipac conference sends over two clips from Charlie Rose: The first is McCain saying he thinks Fred Smith, the chief of FedEx, would make a good Secretary of Defense.
Discussion: Charlie Rose
 
 
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High school valedictorian living in America since age two faces deportation.
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Todd Beeton / MyDD:
Accountability  —  The presidential primary wasn't the only thing …
Marty Lederman / SCOTUSblog:
The Santos Resolution (?)  —  Santos, argued the first week …
Discussion: TalkLeft and ACSBlog
Karl / protein wisdom:
Andrew Sullivan suffering cognitive dissonance over Iraq, Obama
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Hillary's latest lie: I've won more states than Obama …
Seth Kilbourn / Firedoglake:
First Monday: The Moment Has Arrived …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Electronic Device Stirs Unease at Book Fair
Discussion: Will Wilkinson
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Just Call It ‘Cap-and-Tax’  —  We'll have to discard the old adage …
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The Contender  —  Q: As a decorated war hero and a former secretary …
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Fieger, law partner acquitted of illegal political donations
Discussion: TalkLeft
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Newest McCain official: President has “near dictatorial powers”
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Return of That '70s Show?
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Pastor Hagee: The Antichrist Is Gay, “Partially Jewish, As Was …