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4:15 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 …
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” …
Associated Press:
Clinton says she's open to being Obama's VP  —  WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton has told congressional colleagues she would be open to becoming Barack Obama's vice presidential nominee, saying she would consider it if it would help Democrats win the White House.
Marc Ambinder:
RNC Memo: Dems In Chaos  —  The Republican National Committee will send out an agenda-setting memo later this afternoon that portrays the Democratic Party in a state of disarray and claims that legions of Hillary Clinton voters are poised to jump to John McCain.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
On the AP count  —  It's a bit hard to know what to make of this: AP just called the race based on its own delegate count.  —  The catch: … Not to be a stickler here, but that's not how this has been working, either in our count or in in the Obama campaign's.  The commitments that matter are the ones that are public.
Discussion: Time
Detroit Free Press:
Kilpatrick, 4 other Mich. superdelegates pick Obama
Discussion: MSNBC
Washington Post:
Obama On Brink Of Historic Victory
Discussion: The Reaction
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wolfson denies AP report
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama Pushes Effort to Claim Victory Tonight
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Trouble signs as Obama closes in
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
For an ‘Obamacon,’ Communion Denied
Matthew Yglesias:
The Math  —  Chart borrowed from David Park relates the share …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Hillary's two-step concession
Associated Press:
Obama picks up 2 Massachusetts superdelegates
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