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8:30 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 …
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.
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.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:   Both Obama And Clinton To Be In NYC Wednesday
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:   Clinton Calling It Quits?
CNN:
Bill Clinton: This could be the ‘last day’
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton rejects concession buzz
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
A SUPERDELEGATE FLOOD COMING?
Discussion: Open Left, Daily Kos and The Jed Report
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Tuesday night in New York
Nitya / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton: 'This May Be the Last Day I'm Ever Involved …
Discussion: The Jed Report
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 …
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: QandO and Hot Air
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Dick Cheney's Incest Joke Irks West Virginian Lawmakers  —  UPDATE: Vice President Dick Cheney has apologized through his spokeswoman for making an offhand joke during a speech at the National Press Club Monday stereotyping West Virginia as a state prone to incest.
Vanessa Colón / Fresno Bee:
Bullard High valedictorian to be deported  —  Arthur Mkoyan's 4.0 grade-point average has made him a valedictorian at Bullard High School in Fresno and qualified him to enter one of the state's top universities.  —  But while his classmates look forward to dorm food and college courses this fall, Arthur Mkoyan may not make it.
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Think Progress:
High school valedictorian living in America since age two faces deportation.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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 …
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
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Vindication for the Bush Critique  —  As the response to former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's new book enters its second week, the focus has shifted to the messenger rather than his message.  —  McClellan is a flawed vessel for any serious communication.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Think Progress
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, NoisyRoom.net and Neptunus Lex
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton aides rallying donors, floating convention fight: “August, and no earlier”  —  A Clinton donor tells me that on a conference call today with major fundraisers this afternoon, Harold Ickes told them Clinton isn't planning to drop out.  He pressed donors to stay unified …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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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Amanda / Think Progress:
Cheney Offers False Excuse For His ‘So?’ …
Rachel La Corte / Tri-City Herald:
Another WA superdelegate endorses Obama
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
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
Even for McCain Crowd, Clinton's Worth a Mention
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Hillary's latest lie: I've won more states than Obama …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Possible McCain SecDef questions recognition of Israel [CORRECTED]
 Earlier Items: 
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
Peter Schweizer / Examiner:
Commentary - Peter Schweizer: Conservatives more honest than liberals?
New York Times:
The Contender  —  Q: As a decorated war hero and a former secretary …
New York Times:
Doctor Says Kennedy's Brain Surgery Is Successful
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Newest McCain official: President has “near dictatorial powers”
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Pastor Hagee: The Antichrist Is Gay, “Partially Jewish, As Was …