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2:05 PM ET, June 3, 2008


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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 not ready to concede, her chairman says  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton's is “absolutely not” prepared to concede the race for the Democratic presidential nomination to Sen. Barack Obama, her campaign chairman said.  —  Terry McAuliffe rejected as “100 percent” …
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 …
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 …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton to concede delegate race when Obama clinches  —  WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to be the nation's first female president.
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Trouble signs as Obama closes in
Discussion: Macsmind and JammieWearingFool
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wolfson denies AP report
Discussion: The Reaction
Marc Ambinder:   RNC Memo: Dems In Chaos
The Hill:
Holdouts ready to choose
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and AMERICAblog
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama Pushes to Claim Victory After Final Votes
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
The Republican Newsroom / Union-News:
Congressman Olver endorses Obama for president
Discussion: and 2008 Democratic …
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:   For one S.D. voter, Barack Obama has problems on two religious fronts
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Clinton To Acknowledge “Where We Are” Tonight
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Rocky Mountain News:
Salazar says senators didn't agree on endorsement
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 …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Gift to the G.O.P.  —  Talk about self-inflicted wounds.  —  The Democrats may finally be stepping away from their circular firing squad.  It took them long enough.  —  There are so many things that the Democrats need to do to have any chance of winning the White House in November …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matthew Yglesias:
Can't Be Bothered With Accuracy  —  Good piece from Jonathan Landay: … Indeed.  The IAEA has various complaints about Iranian nuclear activities, and it makes sense for the United States to vigorously pursue those complaints.  It's also true that given Iranian history on this issue …
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.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McAuliffe: If Obama Gets Magic Number, Hillary Will Concede  —  Did Hillary campaign chair Terry McAuliffe just reveal that Hillary will concede defeat when Obama clinches the magic number of 2,118 delegates?  —  He certainly appeared to do just that this morning on The Today Show.  Here's the exchange...
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Robert D. Kaplan / The Atlantic Online:
No Greater Honor  —  Over the decades, the Medal of Honor …
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Obama Shifts Toward Republicans on Iranians
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Barack Obama sought the New Party's endorsement knowing it was a …
Marc Ambinder:
The End: How It Happens  —  Over the weekend, Sen. Hillary Clinton …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Voter pessimism over finances likely to influence polls