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5:25 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McAuliffe: If Obama Gets Magic Number, Hillary Will Concede
Associated Press:
Obama picks up 2 Massachusetts superdelegates
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.
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 …
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.
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
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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Inside Long Island, state and national politics and Election 2008
Israel in the Gardens 2008
Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
Kennedy on His Feet After Surgery
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Times
James Inhofe / Wall Street Journal:
We Don't Need a Climate Tax on the Poor
Erich W. Zimmermann / Taxpayers for Common Sense …:
Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Gay marriage ban qualifies for California ballot
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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Matthew Yglesias:
The Math  —  Chart borrowed from David Park relates the share …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Hillary's two-step concession
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
Froma Harrop / Real Clear Politics:
White Women Take the Gloves Off
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.