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11:20 AM ET, June 7, 2008


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Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Clinton Bloc Becomes the Prize for Election Day  —  Now that a would-be first female president is ending her quest for the White House, the race is more about women than ever before.  —  With Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's ending her campaign for the Democratic nomination …
NY Daily News:
Last dance for Hillary  —  Hillary Clinton will wave goodbye to her 2008 campaign Saturday at the National Museum Building, where she and Bill Clinton celebrated his presidential victories  —  WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton's last waltz from the 2008 White House race will be performed on a stage …
Discussion: and
CNN Poll: McCain and Obama locked in a dead heat  —  (Above: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama talk backstage at AIPAC in Washington Wednesday.  Photo credit: Callie Shell/Aurora for TIME)  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - The general election season opens with a neck-and-neck race between Barack …
Washington Post:
Clinton to Publicly Withdraw, Support Obama  —  After a tumultuous 17-month journey, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) will formally withdraw as a presidential candidate today, publicly declaring her support for Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) for the first time since he secured the Democratic nomination.
Discussion: Hot Air
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Prolonged battle gave Obama's opponents much time to prepare  —  When Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) finally secured the Democratic nomination Tuesday night, his Republican opponents were fully prepared to welcome the Illinois senator to the general election.  —  Given Obama's six-month, 54-contest …
Frederick W. Kagan / Weekly Standard:
Voting for Commander in Chief  —  There can only be one.  —  It would be hard to design a better test for the job of commander in chief than the real-life test senators John McCain and Barack Obama have undergone in the last two years.  As the situation in Iraq deteriorated during 2006 …
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Biggest jobless jump since '86 _ Wall Street sinks  —  WASHINGTON — Pink slips piled up and jobs disappeared into thin air in May as the nation's unemployment rate zoomed to 5.5 percent in the biggest one-month jump in decades.  Wall Street swooned, and the White House said President Bush …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Paul Krugman:
We need a new business cycle vocabulary
Discussion: Economist's View and Angry Bear
Brian Blackstone / Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Rate Jumps to 5.5% As Economy Continues to Shed Jobs
Andy Ostroy / The Huffington Post:
The Sleazy GOP Attack Machine Kicks Into High Gear: Welcome to “F**K Whitey” and “RadicalVille”  —  It's only been three days since Sen. Barack Obama historically won the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.  But the Republican venom against the candidate and his wife Michelle is starting to spew.
Discussion: Bang the Drum and American Street
William K. Rashbaum / City Room:
City's Top Crane Inspector Is Arrested  —  The city's chief crane inspector was arrested on Friday and charged with taking bribes to approve cranes under his review and for taking money from crane operators who sought to ensure that they would pass the required licensing exam, an official involved in the case said.
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Conventions Rake In Soft Money That Candidates Forgo  —  One of Senator Barack Obama's first acts after claiming the Democratic nomination was declaring he would not take special-interest money for his presidential bid, even going so far as to bar lobbyists from donating to the Democratic National Committee.
Jad Mouawad / New York Times:
Oil Prices Take a Nerve-Rattling Jump Past $138  —  The rise in oil prices turned into a stampede on Friday with futures jumping a staggering $11 a barrel to set a record above $138 a barrel.  The unprecedented surge came as the dollar fell sharply against the euro and a senior Israeli …
Discussion: PoliGazette, The Agonist and Bloomberg
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Black Group Offended by Delivery of T-Shirt  —  The president of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is disturbed by an offensive t-shirt the group received in the mail Wednesday, the day after Barack Obama claimed his party's presidential nomination.  The shirt has a cartoon image …
Discussion: Wake up America and Think Progress
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The Campaign Spot:
Team McCain Offers Their Outlook on the General Election
Martha Irvine / Associated Press:
Young voters: Obama's race as an asset, non-issue
Judy Keen / USA Today:
Oil prices seep into asphalt costs, detour road work
Discussion: The New Republic
Michelle Malkin:
How today's media would have covered D-Day
US walking away from U.N. rights forum -diplomats
Discussion: A NEWT ONE
Daniel / Crooked Timber:
Fat Hominid  —  There's a paper to be written at some point …
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Dems yank global warming bill
Discussion: The Belmont Club
WLS / Patterico's Pontifications:
How it Works in the Real World — The Minimum Wage and Unemployment
Discussion: Wizbang and PrestoPundit
 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Germany Abuzz at Racy Novel of Sex and Hygiene
Media Matters for America:
Fox News' E.D. Hill teased discussion of Obama dap: “A fist bump?
Discussion: RADAMISTO
Josh Kraushaar / The Crypt's Blogs:
Kerry rival ends campaign for Mass. Senate
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: West Virginia Presidential Election
Matt / Think Progress:
Clarke On Iraq War Architects: 'We Shouldn't Let These People …
Amy Sullivan / Time:
Why Didn't More Women Vote for Hillary?
Times of London:
Bob Dylan says Barack Obama is ‘changin’ America