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5:30 PM ET, June 4, 2008


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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.”
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and AMERICAblog
Dan Balz / The Trail:
Clinton's Vice Presidential Campaign  —  Hillary Clinton is “absolutely ready” to discuss the vice presidency with Barack Obama and has authorized supporters to encourage Obama to pick her if he feels that will help unify the party and help Democrats win the White House, according to Robert Johnson …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Ally Says She Authorized Him To Launch Campaign To Make Her Veep
Can Obama afford to say no to Clinton?
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Congressional Clinton backers mull letter to Obama
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and AMERICAblog
Chris Suellentrop / The Opinionator:
Not Quite Ecstatic  —  In Slate, Meghan O'Rourke pens (pixels? …
Discussion: Slate and
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.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
She Won't Back Down  —  Hillary plays hardball in her bid for the vice-presidency.
Discussion: Opinion L.A.
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Obama talks with Clinton, Lieberman  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), having secured the Democratic presidential nomination, returned to the Senate for a victory lap Wednesday, telling reporters he spoke briefly with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y) and that he was confident the party will be unified in the coming months.
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 …
McCain challenges Obama to town hall debates
Discussion: JustOneMinute
The Campaign Spot:   Senator John McCain: ' I admire [Obama's oratorical] …
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.
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 …
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 …
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Rezko found guilty on 16 charges, not guilty on 8
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.
Examiner:   Lanier plans to seal off rough 'hoods in latest effort to stop wave of violence
Sewell Chan / City Room:
Police Shut Down Artist's ‘Assassination’ Show  —  This morning, a Boston-born performance artist, Yazmany Arboleda, tried to set up a provocative art exhibition in a vacant storefront on West 40th Street in Midtown Manhattan with the title, “The Assassination of Hillary Clinton/The Assassination …
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
How The World Sees Obama's Win  —  Click after the jump for a sampling of some of the front page play given to Sen. Barack Obama today by international newspapers.  (Hat Tip: Newseum)
Discussion: techPresident
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
What Hillary Did for Women  —  We don't have to wait to see how Clinton's campaign changed the role of women in politics.  From the vice presidential competition to punditry to Netroots activism, we're already seeing positive results.  —  Hillary Clinton's non-concession speech last night …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Feministing
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.
Discussion: Think Progress and Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Atlas Shrugs
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Ali / Think Progress:
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama plagiarism scandal redux
Discussion: Ed
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Report: Efforts to Reduce Teen Sex, STDs Faltering
Discussion: The Corner and Feministing
Chris Strohm / National Journal Online:
House Chairman Open To Republican Compromise On FISA
Associated Press:
Prosecutors drop appeal of Siegelman and Scrushy sentences
Discussion: Emptywheel
Tremayne / Open Left:
Obama's “Math” Finally Catches Team Clinton
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Caroline Kennedy to lead Obama's veep search
Laura Beil / New York Times:
Opponents of Evolution Are Adopting New Strategy
 Earlier Items: 
Spiegel Online:
‘I Wish I Had the Taliban as My Soldiers’
Discussion: and At-Largely
Matthew Yglesias:
The Audacity of Hope  —  The fact that Obama's had this kinda …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and D-Day
Dick Morris / Real Clear Politics:
No Ménage-à-trois for Obama
Discussion: Commentary and Althouse
Marc Ambinder:
Unity Watch: Pro-Clinton Group “Breaks Ranks” With Party
Discussion: Commentary and Reason Magazine
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Is Obama Al Smith or John F. Kennedy?
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Supporters Offer To Help McCain
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
With Gas at $4 a Gallon, We Need Public Transportation, But Why We Can't Get It
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
BREAKING NEWS: Dean, Pelosi, Reid set Friday deadline for …