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12:05 AM ET, June 5, 2008


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Clinton Will Drop Out of Presidential Race  —  Barack Obama Captures Nomination After Intense Democratic Fight  —  It's over.  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton will drop out of the presidential race on Friday, ending her historic bid for the White House and ceding the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, ABC News has learned.
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Clinton to Suspend Campaign, Endorse Obama  —  Updated |  10 p.m. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will endorse Senator Barack Obama on Saturday, bringing a close to her campaign for the White House, aides said.  Her decision came after Democrats urged her Wednesday to leave the race and allow the party to coalesce around Mr. Obama.
Jonathan Freedland / Guardian:
Carter tells Obama: don't pick Clinton  —  Barack Obama should not pick Hillary Clinton as his vice-presidential nominee, former president Jimmy Carter has told the Guardian.  —  “I think it would be the worst mistake that could be made,” said Carter.  “That would just accumulate the negative aspects of both candidates.”
Hilary Rosen / The Huffington Post:
I Am Not a Bargaining Chip, I Am a Democrat  —  Senator Clinton's speech last night was a justifiably proud recitation of her accomplishments over the course of this campaign, but it did not end right.  She didn't do what she should have done.  As hard and as painful as it might have been …
Greg Wallace / Political Radar:
Rangel: Clinton should get on with it  —  ABC News' Kate Snow Reports: One of Hillary Clinton's most loyal backers on Capitol Hill is voicing frustration about the position she has put her supporters in.  —  In an interview with ABC News, Rep. Charles Rangel said he thinks it is time for Clinton …
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Obama talks with Clinton, Lieberman
Can Obama afford to say no to Clinton?
Discussion: TalkLeft
Clinton to Concede Race to Obama Friday
Discussion: The Caucus and Swampland
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Caroline Kennedy to lead Obama's veep search
Chicago Tribune:
Rezko convicted of corruption  —  A federal jury today convicted developer Antoin “Tony” Rezko of corruption charges for trading on his clout as a top adviser and fundraiser to Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  —  Rezko's guilty verdict on 16 of 24 corruption counts could have broad repercussions for Blagojevich …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Rezko Guilty Verdict: The Relevance
Discussion: and Rezko Watch
Jury Finds Tony Rezko Guilty On 16 Of 24 Charges
Hilary Bok / Washington Monthly:
HISTORY...  I didn't support Barack Obama because of his race.  I didn't need to: I just thought he was the best candidate by far, mostly for wonky reasons.  (I started down the road to supporting Obama when I read this sentence from a Washington Monthly article: “On the campaign trail in 2004 …
Discussion: Eschaton
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPMTV: MCCAIN LEAVES FOX SPEECHLESS  —  If you were awful enough to delight in John McCain's prebuttal speech trainwreck last night, feast your eyes on the Fox News commentators trying to decide if it was just bad or downright terrible ...  (Speaking personally, this episode is one you simply do not want to miss.)
Sommer Mathis / DCist:
Police to Seal Off D.C. Neighborhoods  —  Can you say Police State?  The Examiner has the scoop on a controversial new program announced today that would create so-called “Neighborhood Safety Zones” which would serve to partially seal off certain parts of the city.
Lanier plans to seal off rough 'hoods in latest effort to stop wave of violence
Discussion: The Agitator
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
McCain's Blogger Call Gets Slightly Heated ...  I just finished up a conference call with Sen. John McCain, which became heated at times.  —  When Quin Hillyer of The Examiner noted the perception that some conservatives believe McCain has been disrespectful to them in the past …
David Alexander / Tales from the Trail:
Hamas unendorses Obama after speech to pro-Israel lobby  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may have taken care of his Hamas problem onWednesday with a speech to the AIPAC pro-Israel lobby.  —  The Illinois senator was ridiculed, criticized and generally harassed …
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
Excitement about Obama spreads around the world  —  LONDON (AP) — Excitement about Barack Obama emerged as a global phenomenon Wednesday as commentators and citizens around the world welcomed the news that he had sealed the Democratic presidential nomination.
Discussion: Commentary and GINA COBB
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Campaign Will Use Six Consulting ‘Teams’  —  Less than 24 hours after securing the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama is putting in place six teams of campaign consultants that will handle advertising, polling and direct-mail efforts for the general election campaign.
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Not that anyone's watching, but the Senate has shut down  —  Overshadowed by the hype of Barack Obama's victory lap on the Senate floor today is a simmering dispute between Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over President Bush's remaining judicial nominees.
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Indicted: 4th District Assessor Betty Jefferson  —  U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced this afternoon that 4th District Assessor Betty Jefferson, an elder sister of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, has been indicted on a host of fraud-related charges by a federal grand jury.
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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