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11:15 AM ET, June 4, 2008


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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
She's Still Here!  —  He thought a little thing like winning would stop her?  —  Oh, Bambi.  —  Whoever said that after denial comes acceptance hadn't met the Clintons.  —  If Hillary could not have an acceptance speech, she wasn't going to have acceptance.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In Defeat, Clinton Graciously Pretends to Win  —  NEW YORK “What does Hillary want?”  —  Hillary Clinton put the question to her supporters here Tuesday night, moments after her opponent, Barack Obama, clinched the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  What Hillary did not want to do was to concede defeat.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Obama's first test: Handling Hillary  —  Barack Obama would like to remind you of something: He won and she didn't.  It's about him now and not her.  He has made history, and she is history.  —  Not that Hillary Clinton admitted to any of that in her nonconcession concession speech Tuesday night …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Next on Agenda Is Clinton's Role  —  Senator Barack Obama heads into the general election with obvious advantages: He is a Democratic candidate running in a sour atmosphere for Republicans, in a contest where voters are hungry for change and coming out of a campaign in which he filled arena after arena with supporters.
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Barack Obama: Calm in the Swirl of History  —  He gives the appearance of a strikingly laid-back victor, this presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.  —  On the day before the night he made history, Barack Obama shot hoops at the Back Bay Club in Chicago, and called the odd superdelegate or two.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Clinches Nomination; First Black Candidate to Lead a Major Party Ticket  —  Senator Barack Obama secured the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday evening after a primary campaign that inspired millions of voters.
Clinton Kabuki  —  How Hillary is playing the veep game
Discussion: MSNBC
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Lanny Davis leads a Hillary Clinton veep push
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   I went to bed last night thinking there's no way Barack Obama …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Matthew Yglesias:
Clinton's Speech  —  I probably shouldn't write any more about this woman and her staff.  Suffice it to say that I've found her behavior over the past couple of months to be utterly unconscionable and this speech is no different.  I think if I were to try to express how I really feel …
Michael Tomasky / Guardian Unlimited:
No shame, no gain  —  US elections 2008: On a night when Obama made history, Clinton's reaction was dangerously abrasive and selfish  —  The lead story tonight - my “lede,” as we spell it here - should have been about the remarkable fact that a black man has been nominated by a major party …
What's on the Michelle Obama Rant Tape?  —  Here's what's known so far:  —  The Michelle Obama Rant Tape was filmed between June 26th - July 1st 2004 in Chicago, IL at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference at Trinity United Church: specifically the Women's Event.
The Campaign Spot:
It's Not a Tape, And Won't Be a Big Scandal, But It's Something  —  A smidgen of credit where it is due: Larry Johnson produces a picture of Michelle Obama in a group photo with Louis Farrakhan's wife, identified as “Mother Khadijah Farrakhan.”  The picture was taken during the
Noam Scheiber / The Stump:
That Outrageous, Delusional Clinton Speech  —  I'm sure plenty of people had strong reactions to that speech Hillary just gave.  For my money, the two most outrageous sentiments expressed were (and this is from my rough contemporaneous notes):  —  1.)  “What does Hillary want? ...
Matthew Yglesias:
Awakening By Talking  —  Rich Lowry gets frighteningly reality based: “Part of the success of the surge is that we were talking to Sunni tribesmen and former Saddamists who were doing terrible things in Iraq.  When conditions were right (they got sick of al Qaeda, the Shia were killing them, we were there in force), we flipped them.
Discussion: Attackerman
The Corner:   Talking to the Enemy [Rich Lowry]
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
BREAKING NEWS: Dean, Pelosi, Reid set Friday deadline for superdelegates' choices, move to force end to Clinton bid  —  With the final primary concluded barely hours before, top Democratic Party leaders in Washington early this morning ratcheted up the pressure to force all remaining uncommitted superdelegates …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Pelosi, Reid, Dean To Go Public: Democrats Need To Endorse
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama pivots on Iran?  —  Barack Obama will make an appearance today at the AIPAC conference, attempting to convince the pro-Israeli lobby that he fully supports Israel and stands against her enemies.  That will take a nifty bit of pivoting, as Danielle Pletka notes in today's Weekly Standard.
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS and Redstate
Danielle Pletka / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Pander Pivot
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Wall Street Journal:
Ed McMahon May Lose Beverly Hills Home  —  Ed McMahon, the longtime sidekick to television star Johnny Carson, faces the possible loss of his Beverly Hills home to a foreclosure action initiated by a unit of Countrywide Financial Corp.  —  Howard Bragman, a spokesman for Mr. McMahon …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain to challenge Obama to additional debates  —  John McCain will use the first day of the general election to propose additional debates or joint forums beyond the three sanctioned for this fall, according to a McCain source.  —  At a town hall meeting and press conference in Baton Rouge later …
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Celia W. Dugger / New York Times:
In a Crackdown, Zimbabwe Curbs Aid Groups
Discussion: PoliGazette
Atrios / Eschaton:
Substance Free  —  MSNBC just ran yet another “What Clinton Did Wrong” …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
New York Times:
Rice Calls Dialogue With Iran Pointless
Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
A Grin, A Smirk, A Moment
Dave Schuler / The Glittering Eye:
The Costs of Withdrawing from Iraq
The Huffington Post:
The Lime Green Monster: McCain's Speech Widely Panned
Africans celebrate victory of ‘half-Kenyan’ Obama
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
 Earlier Items: 
City Journal:
Obamamania in Damascus
Discussion: The Corner
Randyj /
NBC: Clinton Seeking a Private Meeting With Obama
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Boon: Givers Who Keep On Giving
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton's Road to Second Place
Spiegel Online:
‘We Have Done Terrible Damage’
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
From Greek mythology, Obama learned a lesson
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
SteveK / TVNewser:
“Russert Has Spent 20 Years Building Credibility. …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Clintons Threaten  —  The speech tonight was a remarkable …