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11:20 AM ET, June 3, 2008


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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama Pushes Effort to Claim Victory Tonight  —  Senator Barack Obama's campaign began a concerted effort on Monday to rally undecided superdelegates around him so he can claim the Democratic presidential nomination after the primaries end on Tuesday night.  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama appears headed for Democratic finish line  —  At least 25 superdelegates reportedly poised to back Illinois senator  —  TROY, Mich. - With an expected late wave of support from congressional Democrats, Sen. Barack Obama appeared poised to secure enough delegates to earn …
Discussion: The Swamp
The Huffington Post:
Bill Kristol At AIPAC: Obama And McCain “Don't Actually Differ” On Iran  —  stumble digg reddit news trust buzz up  —  In today's hyper-partisan environment, it's like you can't hold a conference in the nation's capitol without things getting all...political.
The Hill:
Holdouts ready to choose  —  Sen. Barack Obama's campaign is urging uncommitted members of Congress to formally endorse the Democratic front-runner as voters in Montana and South Dakota head to the polls so that the Illinois senator can clinch the presidential nomination Tuesday night.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and AMERICAblog
Rocky Mountain News:
Salazar says senators didn't agree on endorsement
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Long primary season ends with Obama set to clinch
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Yahoo! News:
Clinton may concede delegate race to Obama tonight
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Sharpens His Foreign Policy Attacks on Obama
Discussion: All Spin Zone
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 …
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Irrelevant Apologies  —  It is amazing how seriously the media …
Discussion: God-o-Meter
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Montana Governor, Senators Set To Jump Off Fence  —  The three highest ranking Democrats in Montana plan to wade into the Democratic presidential race as soon as the state's primary is decided tonight, according to a source familiar with the decision.  —  Gov. Brian Schweitzer …
The Corner:
My Old Party  —  This is an astounding moment in American politics.  You cannot credibly say the Clintons are a political dynasty the way, say, the Kennedys or Bushs are.  But I think one has to say the Clinton rule of the Democratic party has been dynastic.
Clinton message: She'll do what it takes in November  —  NEW YORK (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton is poised to deliver a message Tuesday “that she will do whatever it takes” to put a Democrat in the White House — a message that Barack Obama insiders say indicates she would accept an offer to be Obama's running mate if asked.
Discussion: TownHall Blog, MSNBC and Pajamas Media
David Brooks / New York Times:
Calling Dr. Doom  —  It took Christopher Columbus about 70 days to get to the New World — a bit less than half as long as it took us to get through the 2008 primary calendar.  But by Tuesday night, we'll have reached our destination, and people in the Obama and McCain camps are feeling good about themselves.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Voter pessimism over finances likely to influence polls  —  WASHINGTON — Americans are more downbeat about their personal financial situations now than they've been in decades, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, an attitude likely to dominate this year's presidential and congressional elections.
Barack Obama sought the New Party's endorsement knowing it was a radical left organization  —  Last week we documented Obama's 1996 endorsement by the New Party: which raises the question: what is the New Party?  It's easy to allege that this group is closely tied to former communists …
Discussion: QandO, The Campaign Spot and Althouse
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
G.M. Closing 4 Plants in Shift From Trucks Toward Cars  —  Responding to a consumer shift to more fuel-efficient vehicles, General Motors said Tuesday that it would stop making pickup trucks and big S.U.V.s at four North American assembly plants and would consider selling its Hummer brand.
Discussion: Open Left
The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton: Purdum a “Sleazy” “Slimy” “Scumbag”  —  stumble digg reddit 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 …
Marc Ambinder:
The End: How It Happens  —  Over the weekend, Sen. Hillary Clinton has told friends that she will NOT drop out today.  Again, these conversations occurred over the weekend.  —  These friends expect that she will take a few days to think about her next move.  They say she does not feel rushed and does not want to feel pressured.
Discussion: Swampland and Political Machine
Patrick Poole / Central Ohioans Against Terrorism:
BREAKING: Columbus Al-Qaeda cell member Christopher Paul to plead guilty!  —  UPDATE #1: Added local news video from 10TV reporter Maureen Kocot below.  —  UPDATE #2: For those not familiar with the terror problem in the Columbus area, I've also added below the 5 minute CBN News feature from last October …
Ryan Squire / WCMH-TV:
COLUMBUS, Ohio— Documents filed with the US District Court …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Gateway Pundit
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Dennis McCarthy / L.A. Daily News:
North Hills 4th-graders get to know day laborers
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Both McCain, Obama exaggerating Iran's nuclear program
Randyj /
The Next Battle  —  As McCain prepares to ceremonially kick off …
Discussion: The Corner
Mark / Publius Endures:
Towards a Libertarian Realignment
Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
Will Bob Barr and the Libertarians Be a Factor in the Presidential Race?
FACTBOX: Comments on U.S. climate change bill
Discussion: Redstate and Associated Press
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Wag the Blog: The Biggest Upset Ever?
 Earlier Items: 
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Cheney tells West Virginia joke
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Pension Costs Off by $500 Million, City Finds
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary, Competing Until The End, Drops Montana Mailer
Clifford J. Levy / International Herald Tribune:
Putin's opponents are made to vanish from TV
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Travelers Turn to Public Transit
Charleston Gazette:
Byrd admitted to hospital