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8:55 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 …
The Politico:
Superdelegates predict quick primary end  —  As the Democratic nomination marathon neared a potential finish line, key senators said the results of Tuesday's South Dakota and Montana primaries will have a domino effect on uncommitted superdelegates - quite possibly clinching the nomination for Barack Obama.
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
Rocky Mountain News:
Salazar says senators didn't agree on endorsement  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Ken Salazar joined a small group of fellow undecided Democratic superdelegates on Capitol Hill today, but said they reached no agreement on whether to endorse a presidential candidate as a group.
Charleston Gazette:
Byrd admitted to hospital  —  By Staff reports  —  U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd was admitted to a hospital Monday evening because of a high temperature, his spokesman said.  —  “He came into the office today, and he was a little sluggish,” said Jesse Jacobs.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Byrd hospitalized after suffering a high fever  —  Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.) was admitted to the hospital for the third time this year on Monday night, this time for overnight observation after suffering a high fever.  —  Byrd, 90, the longest-serving senator in U.S. history …
MSNBC:   W. Va. Senator Byrd hospitalized
Associated Press:
Spokesman says Sen. Robert C. Byrd hospitalized
Discussion: West Virginia Blue
Byrd, 90, hospitalized, spokesman says
Discussion: Don Surber
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 …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
As Clinton Campaign Winds Down, a Spouse Remains Wound Up
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and KIKO'S HOUSE
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Liars Or Fools  —  From Crooks and Liars comes this gem from Byron York on Fox News Sunday: … Yeah, It's hard to figure out where anyone got the idea that Bush was that kind of guy.  As C&L points out: … Perhaps the most touching speech of this kind was the night of the Supreme Court decision …
Matthew Sheffield /
Scott McClellan Originally Planned to Attack Media, Defend Bush
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Redstate
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Vindication for the Bush Critique
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 …
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Cheney Apologizes for W. Va. Incest Joke  —  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.  —  Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride tells us …
Andrew Coyne / Blog Central:
Andrew Coyne's Blog  —  Maclean's national editor loathes politics, and it shows.  —  Earlier: Liveblogging the BC Human Rights Tribunal—Day I, Part I  —  And we're back, with more gripping testimony on what my friend objected to in my friend's representation of my friend's deposition...
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama wins Clyburn's endorsement  —  It should surprise no one that Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.,) the highest ranking black in congressional leadership, has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama.  —  After all, black South Carolinians went overwhelmingly for Obama and that was a result Clyburn was never going to buck.
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain's “Right Arm” In War On Terror Has Never Been To Iraq  —  stumble digg reddit news trust buzz up  —  John McCain has routinely touted his resoluteness in combating Islamic extremism.  When Rudy Giuliani dropped out of the Republican primary and endorsed his former challenger …
Matt / Think Progress:
Romney Criticizes Obama For Visiting Iraq Only Once, Despite …
Discussion: RADAMISTO
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.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Soccer Dad
Ron Word / Associated Press:
Rock pioneer Bo Diddley dies at age 79 … JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - entertainmentminute Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock ‘n’ roll whose distinctive “shave and a haircut, two bits” rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians, died Monday after months of ill health.
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Jo Mannies / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mo. superdelegate supports Obama
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Fantasy baseball leagues can use real players' names, Supreme Court agrees
Patrick Poole / Central Ohioans Against Terrorism:
BREAKING: Columbus Al-Qaeda cell member Christopher Paul to plead guilty!
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary, Competing Until The End, Drops Montana Mailer
Discussion: and Open Left
Clifford J. Levy / International Herald Tribune:
Putin's opponents are made to vanish from TV
Discussion: Vodkapundit and The Reaction
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Travelers Turn to Public Transit
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
The Unifying Choice: Wes Clark for VP
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Attacks Obama as Too Easy on Iran
Discussion: All Spin Zone
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain lavishes praise on Hillary, says she's inspired American women
Fox News:
Obama's Ex-Church Has Won $15M in Federal Grant Money
Megan McArdle:
The cultural sustainability of the welfare state
Discussion: EconLog
Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain has ‘senior moment’ on the campaign trail: ‘I will win in January.’
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Eschaton
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Vanessa Colón / Fresno Bee:
Bullard High valedictorian to be deported
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Bob Barr to Stormfront: Drop Dead