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1:00 PM ET, June 5, 2008


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Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
Overseas, Excitement Over Obama  —  In Presumptive Nominee, Many See Chance for New Direction and New Attitude  —  For much of the world, Sen. Barack Obama's victory in the Democratic primaries was a moment to admire the United States at a time when the nation's image abroad has been seriously damaged.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Evolving Position on Iran  —  Hawkish Stand More Like the Bush Administration's Position  —  Don't call Barack Obama an appeaser.  —  In his speech Wednesday before the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, Obama sounded a bit like the more hawkish officials in the Bush administration.
Kelly Moeller / Political Punch:
Obama Confronts Lieberman On McCain Advocacy, Tone, on Senate Floor
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
GOP fears Obama's money machine  —  With Hillary Clinton's campaign coming to an end this weekend, Barack Obama's rise as the Democratic nominee brings serious bad news to a new group — John McCain's finance team.  —  A review of campaign finance data offers not one ounce of good news …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Rips Off Obama's Slogan And Logo  —  Is John McCain trying to be the older, whiter, more conservative Barack Obama?  —  On Tuesday, the Senator co-opted the slogan that has come to personify Obama's candidacy, taking the Illinois Democrat's “Change You Can Believe In” and altering it into “A Leader You Can Believe In.”
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Camp Sets New Money Guidelines
Washington Post:
‘She Could Accept Losing.  She Could Not Accept Quitting.’  —  In a campaign of near-deaths and premature obituaries, the night of May 6 will be remembered inside Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign as the moment it really ended.  —  The staff had settled into the war room at the campaign's Arlington headquarters.
Washington Post:
Clinton Pullout Likely Saturday
The Politico:
Dems struggle to heal wounds on Hill
Robert M. Goldberg / New York Post:
HOW ‘LIBERAL’ CARE WOULD KILL TED  —  IRONICALLY enough, the dangers of the lib eral health-care agenda are being made clear by the care that a liberal icon, Sen. Ted Kennedy, has received since his brain seizure last month.  —  One day after an MRI detected a tumor, Kennedy was quickly diagnosed …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA'S WIDER MAP  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Obama's wider map: About two months ago, we unveiled our early look at the electoral map.  And this being the second official day of the general election, now's as good a time as any to see where we stand in the McCain vs. Obama race.
Patrick Cockburn / The Independent:
Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control  —  Bush wants 50 military bases, control of Iraqi airspace and legal immunity for all American soldiers and contractors  —  A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely …
The Hill:
Sen. Warner avoids backing would-be GOP successor  —  Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) is avoiding an endorsement in the closely watched Senate contest to succeed him, so far declining to support fellow Republican Jim Gilmore several days after the former Virginia governor clinched the GOP nomination.
Three Va. figures probably long shots for VP
Discussion: Associated Press and
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Breaking — Obama to change DNC lobbyist policy, will focus on small-group economy chats  —  Good Thursday morning.  —  DRIVING THE DAY: On Day 2 as nominee, Senator Obama wants to show that he will change the nation's politics.  As the presumptive DemoObama already eager to show …
Discussion: CBS News and Spin Cycle
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Obama Campaign Open to Helping Clinton Pay Off $20 Million Debt
Discussion: Associated Press, Salon and MoJoBlog
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
PHASE II  —  The Senate intel committee's Phase II report on pre-war intelligence on Iraq is just out.  We'll be bringing you more through the day, but if you're eager to take a look, you can find the reports here:  —  “Report on Whether Public Statements Regarding Iraq by U.S. Government officials …
Matthew Yglesias:   How Long in Iraq?  —  Here's CBS's poll on how long Americans …
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Rezko is not just Obama's problem—he's the GOP's  —  Will Sen. Barack Obama declare that, if elected president, he would not pardon his fundraiser and personal real estate fairy, Tony Rezko, who was convicted Wednesday of multiple corruption charges in a Chicago federal court?  —  Obama is Mr. Reform, isn't he?
Marcus Mabry / New York Times:
Many Blacks Find Joy in Unexpected Breakthrough  —  Kwabena Sam-Brew, a 38-year-old immigrant from Ghana, doubted that Nana, his 5-year-old American-born daughter, would remember the rally that effectively crowned Senator Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee Tuesday night.
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
My Own Votes, Four of Them, Were Flipped Yesterday Before My Very Eyes  —  As a fairly well-known Election Integrity journalist who has personally covered, for years, the myriad election woes of thousands (if not millions) of voters around the country who have tried to bring seemingly endless stories …
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Associated Press:
Mistrial for man who shot 6 at Jewish center
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
State chairs push to keep Dean
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Prison Is So Confining for Terrorists
Discussion: Moonbattery
Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser:
More on De-Globalization: Oil, Transport Costs and Inflation
Discussion: The Bellows and Paul Krugman
Wall Street Journal:
Jindal Excites GOP As a Possible Running Mate
Karen Tumulty / Time:
How Obama Did It  —  Barack Obama was campaigning last October …
 Earlier Items: 
John R. Bolton / Los Angeles Times:
Obama the naive  —  His views on world affairs ignore history …
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Asking and Telling Sam Nunn
Marc Ambinder:
Suspending v. Dropping Out... In This Case S=DO.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Gas Prices We Deserve
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Oh Hillary!  —  While pondering contributing to her campaign-debt fund …
Fox News:
Dead Voters Still Showing Up on Election Records, Puzzling Officials
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Vindication For Marine Charged in Haditha Cover-up
David Frum:
Rush & Me - Part 1  —  As mentioned below, Rush Limbaugh …