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7:50 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: Outside The Beltway and Eunomia
Chris Bowers / Open Left:   Post-Clinch, Obama Builds Leads On McCain
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 …
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  —  Barack Obama announced in his economy speech today that Elizabeth Edwards will work with him on healthcare policy — the issue that is the cause of her life and on which she preferred Hillary Clinton.  —  While her husband John Edwards gave …
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.) …
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain hits Obama on Johnson “contradiction”  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Sen. John McCain attacked his Democratic rival Monday for contradicting himself by naming an official to his campaign who allegedly received preferential loan treatment from a controversial mortgage company that Sen. Barack Obama has been criticizing on the trail.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McClellan To Testify Before Judiciary Committee  —  Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, whose scathing memoir about his time in the Bush administration sent waves through Washington D.C., has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, a senior committee official told The Huffington Post.
Bush confronted Rove's sins in church
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
Discussion: Off the Kuff
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.
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
Rasmussen Reports:
Public Perceptions of Obama and McCain Shifting Rapidly  —  Rasmussen Reports data shows that public perceptions of both Barack Obama and John McCain are shifting rapidly during Election 2008.  That same data suggests perceptions will continue to change through Election Day (see video).
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 …
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New Jersey Senate  —  New Jersey Senate Race a Dead Heat  —  Democrat Frank Lautenberg, seeking a fifth term in the U.S. Senate, is in a virtual tie with Republican challenger Dick Zimmer in New Jersey, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey.
Dave Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Today's Obama Smear Attempt  —  Here's one of the ways the right's smear machine works.  Far-right blogs post something.  Then a site higher up their food chain picks it up, like NewsMax, CNSNews, WorldNetDaily or Politico.  Then the Drudge Report or Moon's Washington Times gets it from there and spreads the story further.
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Top Obama-Clinton Officials Begin Reconciliation Process
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