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9:35 PM ET, June 3, 2008


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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 …
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.
Republicans begin to highlight Clinton's criticism of Obama  —  NEW YORK (CNN) - Hours before the polls closed Tuesday in the final two Democratic presidential primaries, the Republican National Committee began circulating a video of Hillary Clinton questioning Barack Obama's qualifications …
Discussion: The Swamp and Spin Cycle
Drudge Report:
EXCLUSIVE: MCCAIN SPEECH TONIGHT: THE GENERAL ELECTION BEGINS  —  John McCain will launch his general election campaign against Barack Obama tonight at 9:00 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  In a speech that will praise Senator Clinton for her “tenacity and courage,” McCain will recognize Obama as the Democratic party's presumptive nominee.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Pawlenty: McCain will compete for Clinton backers  —  John McCain portrayed her as a trailblazing model for aspring female politicians yesterday and now one of his top surrogates and vice-presidential prospects is taking the next natural step and promising that they'll compete for Hillary Clinton's supporters.
Associated Press:
Clinton says she's open to being Obama's VP  —  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.
Fox News:
FOX News Exit Poll: Obama Doing Well in Montana, Clinton Strong in South Dakota  —  Barack Obama is doing well with his usual supporters in Montana and South Dakota, according to exit polls taken on Tuesday's primary day, but Hillary Clinton is still keeping a tight grip on her core groups in South Dakota.
Discussion: The Caucus, TalkLeft and Sister Toldjah
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Superdelegates surge to Obama  —  A tsunami of superdelegates is poised to rush to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) over the next 12 hours, giving him a mathematical lock on his party's presidential nomination.  —  The superdelegate surge is likely to swamp a few holdouts within the camp …
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 …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Making History and Denying History
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton, pushed as VP, doesn't push back
Johnny Clark / Associated Press:
Former President Carter: I will endorse Obama
Discussion: MyDD
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
On the AP count  —  It's a bit hard to know what to make of this …
Discussion: The Swamp and Time
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:   Clinton Campaign Confronts A.P. Report
Washington Wire:
South Dakota Exit Polls: Clinton Has the Edge
Discussion: Political Machine
Kara Spak / Chicago Sun Times:
Cardinal removes Pfleger from St. Sabina parish  —  The firebrand pastor of St. Sabina parish was removed from his duties there Tuesday, according to a statement released by the Archdiocese of Chicago.  —  In the statement, Cardinal Francis George says he asked the Rev. Michael Pfleger …
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
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 …
Democracy Corps:
Democrats Improve Advantage in 45 Republican-Held Districts
Discussion: Swampland and American Street
Matt / 2008 Democratic Convention Watch:
Superdelegate endorsements for Tuesday 6/3 - Part II  —  Previous endorsements from today can be found here  —  Countdown to the Nomination  —  Obama  —  8.5  —  Clinton  —  203  —  Obama leads today's superdelegate count with 23 endorsements (19.5 superdelegate votes)
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Ogonowski's challenge to Kerry collapses; challenger misses signature mark  —  Ogonowski drew attention for his campaign against Niki Tsongas, but failed to collect enough signatures.  —  In a major embarrassment to Republican leaders in Massachusetts and in the U.S. Senate, Jim Ogonowski …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Says Nunn: It might be time to take another look at 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  Former Georgia senator Sam Nunn, who helped push through the 1993 “don't ask, don't tell” law that established the terms under which gays and lesbians could serve in the U.S. military, said Tuesday that it's time to review the policy.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Amanda / Think Progress:   Sam Nunn Reconsiders DADT: ‘Times Change,’ …
Nate /
South Dakota Projection: Obama by 5  —  I thought that South Dakota was going to be a fairly simple little state to project.  But it's actually rather idiosyncratic, in ways that tend to perplex the model.  —  What Barack has going for him: For the most part, South Dakota is as white as a fresh snowfall over Sioux Falls.
Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Camp Denies Report She Will Concede Tonight
Discussion: Political Radar and TalkLeft
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 …
Waldo L. Fielding, M.D. / New York Times:
Repairing the Damage, Before Roe  —  With the Supreme Court becoming more conservative, many people who support women's right to choose an abortion fear that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that gave them that right, is in danger of being swept aside.  —  When such fears arise, we often hear about the pre-Roe “bad old days.”
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama will clinch tonight
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Let's talk about potential VP candidate Sarah Palin.
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Jimmy Carter Goes Obama
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Bredesen to endorse Obama tomorrow
New York Times:
Obama Looks to Recruit Clinton's Fund-Raisers
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
A private-sector veep?
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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Mark Halperin /
HALPERIN'S TAKE: What Obama And Clinton Underestimate
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
A Tale of Two Tell-Alls … - There was no rational reason …
Discussion: Macsmind
Associated Press:
Former screen siren Bardot convicted in race case