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1:30 AM ET, June 5, 2008


 Top Items: 
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.
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 …
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 …
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Obama talks with Clinton, Lieberman
Clinton to Concede Race to Obama Friday
Can Obama afford to say no to Clinton?
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE MOST WILDLY INAPPROPRIATE STATEMENT EVER?  —  Barack Obama's friend, financier and political supporter Tony Rezko was convicted by a Chicago jury today on sixteen counts involving various forms of political corruption.  Obama released this statement:
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Rezko Guilty Verdict: The Relevance
Discussion: and Rezko Watch
Jury Finds Tony Rezko Guilty On 16 Of 24 Charges
Discussion: and The Next Right
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
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Obama Leads McCain  —  Obama Ahead By Six Points; But Many Clinton Voters Plan To Back McCain  —  (CBS) Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama holds a six point lead over his Republican counterpart John McCain, a new CBS News poll finds.  Obama leads McCain 48 percent …
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPM Election Central
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Unlikely as No. 2  —  Concession Expected Saturday; Obama Camp Discounts VP Talk  —  WASHINGTON — Supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton suggested she would like to be Sen. Barack Obama's running mate, but close advisers to Sen. Obama are signaling that an Obama-Clinton ticket is highly unlikely.
Discussion: Donklephant
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
Doug Grow / MinnPost:
Clinton supporters wowed with warm reception at Obama rally  —  The crowd kept pouring into the Xcel Energy Center.  All ages.  All races.  All backgrounds.  Young Somalis chanting “O-bama!”  And older, white women, bedecked in sparkling red, white and blue and holding up a sign, “Women for Obama!”
The Campaign Spot:
Latest Updates on Larry Johnson's Holy Grail, a.k.a., The Michelle Obama Tape  —  The pro-Hillary blog HillBuzz gives the most detailed description of the alleged Michelle Obama tape yet.  —  (By the way, people are still e-mailing me about the “why'd he"/"whitey" distinction …
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
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 …
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 …
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Bernanke Links Education and Equality
Discussion: Washington Monthly and D-Day
Gretchen Peters / ABCNEWS:
Indicted Saudi Gets $80 Million US Contract
Discussion: Emptywheel and On Deadline
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Indicted: 4th District Assessor Betty Jefferson
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Ali / Think Progress:
Rohrabacher: Torture At Guantanamo Simply ‘Hazing Pranks From Some Fraternity’
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama plagiarism scandal redux
Discussion: Nitpicker
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
How The World Sees Obama's Win
Discussion: techPresident
Chris Strohm / National Journal Online:
House Chairman Open To Republican Compromise On FISA
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Campaign Will Use Six Consulting ‘Teams’
Discussion: and Ben Smith's Blogs
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
What Hillary Did for Women
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Not that anyone's watching, but the Senate has shut down
Sewell Chan / City Room:
‘Assassination’ Artist Is Questioned and Released
Laura Beil / New York Times:
Opponents of Evolution Adopting a New Strategy