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5:35 PM ET, June 9, 2008


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Gallup Daily: Obama Takes Lead Over McCain, 48% to 42%  —  Has consistently led McCain since Clinton decided to suspend campaign  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama is enjoying a modest bump in support following Hillary Clinton's exit from the presidential race.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA vs. McCAIN....Gallup's latest Obama-McCain tracking poll shows exactly what you'd expect: now that Obama is firmly the Democratic candidate, he's making up considerable ground.  There will be more ups and downs, especially around the conventions, but I'll bet that Obama never has much less …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Beginnings Of A Bump  —  Obama has his strongest showing to date …
Discussion: Eunomia
Chris Bowers / Open Left:   Post-Clinch, Obama Builds Leads On McCain
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
‘Bush Lied’?  If Only It Were That Simple.  —  Search the Internet for “Bush Lied” products, and you will find sites that offer more than a thousand designs.  The basic “Bush Lied, People Died” bumper sticker is only the beginning.  —  Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) …
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Pelosi backs Emanuel for senator from Ill.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reported to be privately talking about Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the House Democratic Caucus chairman, as the next senator from Illinois if Sen. Barack Obama wins the presidential election.
Michelle Malkin:
The “grumpy Republican” problem; Update: E-mail from a Texas GOP convention attendee  —  Scroll down for updates...e-mail from Texas GOP convention attendee...  The Texas GOP convened its party convention this week.  It's finding the same problem plaguing the party in other states and at the national level: Disgruntled grass-roots.
R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
State GOP fears grouchy voters won't go to polls  —  Convention opens here amid some discontent within the party  —  AUSTIN — After a decade of political dominance, the Texas GOP is opening its party convention in Houston this week with a troubling prospect: Grumpy Republicans may not turn out to vote this fall.
Discussion: WTF Is It Now?!?
McCain resurrects call for gas tax holiday  —  From CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby, CNN's Dana Bash  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - With gas prices reaching a national average of four dollars a gallon — a record high — John McCain is planning to resurrect his call for a national gas tax holiday …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Votes To Privatize Its Failing Restaurants  —  Year after year, decade upon decade, the U.S. Senate's network of restaurants has lost staggering amounts of money — more than $18 million since 1993, according to one report, and an estimated $2 million this year alone, according to another.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Top Obama-Clinton Officials Begin Reconciliation Process  —  The reconciliation process between the upper echelons of the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns has already begun, as advisers and fundraisers look for areas of commonality in a somewhat disjointed party.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign Manager Plouffe To Hold Private Outreach Meeting …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Says He's Partnering With Elizabeth Edwards On Health Care  —  Obama's speech in Raleigh launching his economy tour is underway, and towards the end, during a discussion of health care, he drops a surprise aside that wasn't in the speech's prepared remarks: … More on this when we can establish the details.
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Edwards to have Obama's ear
Discussion: and Taylor Marsh
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Top Talent Scout for Obama Tied to Subprime Lender  —  Could Become a Political Liability  —  Long-standing ties between a member of Senator Obama's new vice presidential search team and a prominent mortgage executive the senator has pilloried could become a political liability that hampers …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
It's a Different Country  —  Fervent supporters of Barack Obama like to say that putting him in the White House would transform America.  With all due respect to the candidate, that gets it backward.  Mr. Obama is an impressive speaker who has run a brilliant campaign — but if he wins in November …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Citing History, Bush Suggests His Policies Will One Day Be Vindicated  —  Meet George W. Bush, time traveler.  —  He's in Poland in 1939 as Nazi tanks advance on Warsaw, then flying with his Navy-pilot father to battle imperial Japan.  He's alongside Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War …
Spencer / Attackerman:
History Rears Up To Spit In Your Face
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton paid a heavy price for presidential run  —  Eighteen million votes: $212 million.  Some 1,926 delegates: $109,823 a pop. Blowing the biggest head start in presidential history: priceless.  —  From anointed to also-ran, Hillary Clinton spent more money to lose a primary election …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
McCain's Web site talks about the anti-Christ being ‘a Jew,’ Hillary being a ‘bitch,’ Obama being a ‘Muslim fag,’ and America bringing 9/11 on itself  —  · Digg It!  ·  —  UPDATE: Jed finds more on other McCain sites, including a reference to Obama as a n*gger.
Obama ‘fist bump’ catching on  —  (CNN) — In a reference to Barack and Michelle Obama's celebratory fist bump on Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, ended their conversation on CNN's Late Edition with their own version of the “hand shake.”
Discussion: Too Sense
Ari Melber / The Nation:
White Male Pundit Power  —  It's still all about the white men.  Hillary Clinton's loss has renewed critiques that American political media is slanted, sexist and dominated by men.  While Clinton and Obama broke barriers in the Democratic primary, swiftly dispatching white male Senators …
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Public Perceptions of Obama and McCain Shifting Rapidly
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama hammers McCain, Bush on economy, gas prices
Discussion: Associated Press
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Little Fun Found at McCain Fund-raiser
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Transcript of Obama's Remarks on Economy in Raleigh, North Carolina
Niniek Karmini / Associated Press:
Muslim sect told to return to mainstream Islam
Discussion: The Corner
Andrew Abramson / Palm Beach Post:
With U.S. in slump, dual citizenship in EU countries attracts Americans
Marc Ambinder:
James Johnson: A Problem
Discussion: Commentary
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Guantánamo staff ‘told to destroy torture notes’
‘Willie Horton’ ad creator takes on Obama
Ali / Think Progress:
Medal Of Honor Recipient's Father: Bush Must Sign The GI Bill …
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McCain DID deliver line tweaking press
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Mr. Right?
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