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5:35 PM ET, June 3, 2008


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Associated Press:
AP tally: Obama effectively clinches nomination … WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, based on an Associated Press tally of convention delegates, becoming the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House.
Associated Press:
Clinton open to VP nod  —  WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton told colleagues Tuesday she would consider joining Barack Obama as his running mate, and advisers said she was withholding a formal departure from the race partly to use her remaining leverage to press for a spot on the ticket.
Associated Press:
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE.  Check back soon for further information.  AP's earlier story is below.  —  WASHINGTON (AP)—Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said …
Marc Ambinder:
RNC Memo: Dems In Chaos
Jerry Zremski / Buffalo News:
Clinton says she is willing to serve as Obama's running mate
Discussion:, Salon and Commentary
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
On the AP count  —  It's a bit hard to know what to make of this …
Discussion: Time and Outside The Beltway
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McAuliffe: If Obama Gets Magic Number, Hillary Will Concede
Associated Press:   Obama picks up 2 Massachusetts superdelegates
Jay Levine / WBBM-TV:
George Temporarily Removes Pfleger From St. Sabina  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― CBS 2 News has learned that Francis Cardinal George is temporarily removing Father Michael Pfleger from his position as pastor of St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church on Chicago's South Side.
Discussion: Marathon Pundit
Kara Spak / Chicago Sun Times:
Cardinal removes Pfleger from St. Sabina parish
Discussion: protein wisdom
Clinton backer Feinstein says it's time to end  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Major Hillary Clinton supporter Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday the final primaries mark a “moment of truth” for the New York senator, who should end her campaign.  —  The California senator also repeated her view …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton, pushed as VP, doesn't push back  —  In a call with the New York congressional delegation that just ended, Hillary Clinton heard calls that she become Barack Obama's running mate — and notably didn't tamp those voices down, two people familiar with the call's contents said.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Salon
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A Campaign to Hate  —  Wherever I go — from glittering dinner party to glittering dinner party — the famous and powerful people I meet (for such is my life) tell me how lucky I am to be a journalist in this the greatest of all presidential contests.  I tell them, for I am wont to please …
Muckraker / Muckraked:
Bush: We'll Be in Iraq for 40 Years, Hamas Election Was “Good Thing”  —  When NBC News correspondent Richard Engel sat down with President Bush last year for an interview, he had little idea how much Bush would reveal about his true intentions and his real sentiments about the war on terror and America's allies and enemies.
Discussion: Think Progress and War and Piece
Richard Engel / Simon & Schuster, Inc.:
War Journal  —  My Five Years in Iraq  —  This Edition: Hardcover
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Obama's comfort level at the non-existent Applebee's salad bar  —  For over eight years now, we've been hearing that Democrats have been losing presidential elections because people don't want to have a beer with the party's nominees.  This always struck me as an odd formulation …
Discussion: Eunomia
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
New Questions about Vice President Cheney's Role in CIA Leak  —  Chairman Waxman urges Attorney General Mukasey to turn over the FBI interviews of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, citing new information from the FBI interview of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and the recent disclosures by Scott McClellan.
Associated Press:
Former screen siren Bardot convicted in race case  —  PARIS - Brigitte Bardot was convicted Tuesday of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France.  —  A Paris court also handed down a $23,325 fine against the former screen siren and animal rights campaigner.
Amz / Democracy Corps:
Another Congressional Wave Election  —  In the latest Democracy Corps battleground survey of 1,600 likely voters conducted May 19-26, 2008, we modified our sample design to include more hard-to-reach Republican-held districts.  And even in this totally Republican battleground that Bush won …
Mark Halperin /
HALPERIN'S TAKE: What Obama And Clinton Underestimate  —  Obama underestimates:  —  1. The intensely loyal feelings many of Clinton's supporters have about her - and the intensely negative feelings they have about him.  —  2. That any delay in choosing a running mate will only bring rampant speculation …
Discussion: marbury
Glenn Thrush /
Inside Long Island, state and national politics and Election 2008  —  Penn: Fight On!  —  Even if reports that Hillary Clinton will acknowledge Barack Obama has enough votes to win, one man is urging her to stay in it.  —  Former top strategist Mark Penn, reviled by many on Hillary's staff …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Wonkette
Alisyn Camerota / Alisyn in the Greenroom:
Beckel's Obama Bombshell  —  Were you watching at 6:25 when Democratic strategist Bob Beckel dropped a bomb on us?  He said he'd heard through his political pipeline that a big shoe was about to drop on the Obama campaign.  It has something to do with Michelle Obama.
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Pew Research Center:
Democratic Party's Favorables Rise, Congress Still Unpopular
Discussion: The Swamp
Israel in the Gardens 2008
Chris Orr / The Plank:
A Sports Parable  —  A statement from Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars:
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
For an ‘Obamacon,’ Communion Denied
Matthew Yglesias:
The Math  —  Chart borrowed from David Park relates the share …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Hillary's two-step concession
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
A Tale of Two Tell-Alls … - There was no rational reason …
Discussion: Macsmind and Political Machine
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Mortgage non-disclosure is trouble for Richardson
Matthew Yglesias:
Can't Be Bothered With Accuracy  —  Good piece from Jonathan Landay:
The Corner:
My Old Party  —  This is an astounding moment in American politics.

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