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by Michael O. Allen on May 21, 2008

Obama greets supporters in Iowa Tuesday, more than four months after he won the primary season’s first contest there. (Photo Credit: Mike Roselli/CNN)
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Obama Takes Delegate Majority
Sen. Barack Obama crossed another threshold last night in his march toward the Democratic presidential nomination, splitting a pair of primaries with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and claiming a majority of the pledged delegates at stake in the long nomination battle.

WSJ: Clinton Keeps Up Fight
Heading into twin Democratic primaries Tuesday in Kentucky and Oregon — which the two candidates are expected to split — Sen. Hillary Clinton is vowing to stay in the race to the end, even as her staff and supporters show further signs of fraying. In an interview in Bowling Green, Ky., on Sunday where she was campaigning ahead of Tuesday’s vote, Sen. Clinton said, “I’m still here because I think I would be the best president.”

Youngest Kennedy Brother Enhanced Legacy, and Built His Own
For millions of Americans, the announcement that Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has brain cancer was at least the fourth chapter of a tragic epic that began on Nov. 22, 1963, with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It continued through the death of his brother Robert in 1968, then of John Jr. in a plane crash in 1999. And yesterday it was the sudden reminder of the mortality of the last surviving son of Joseph P. Kennedy, the patriarch who created this family of strivers and doers.

LA Times: McCain, in Miami, promises to continue isolating Cuba
Sen. John McCain on Tuesday laid out his plans for strengthening democracy and U.S. influence in Latin America, vowing to extend free-trade pacts throughout the region and to continue isolating Cuba until the communist-ruled island frees political prisoners

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May 21, 2008
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Sen. Barack Obama has picked up a majority of the pledged delegates, according to CNN calculations.

Sen. Barack Obama has picked up a majority of the pledged delegates, according to CNN calculations.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Hillary Clinton won a landslide victory in Kentucky Tuesday, but momentum — and a growing sense of inevitability — is now firmly on Barack Obama’s side.

He took Oregon last night, but it was his symbolic victory with pledged delegates that was the storyline.

The one-time long shot for the Democratic nomination has a majority of pledged delegates to the Democratic Convention and is now about 70 delegates shy of the finish line.

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Posted: 07:38 AM ET
Sen. Barack Obama has not had the same success with older, white and blue-collar voters as Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Barack Obama has not had the same success with older, white and blue-collar voters as Sen. Hillary Clinton.

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (CNN) – Tuesday may end up a big night for Barack Obama, giving him a majority of all possible pledged delegates in the Democratic race for the White House. But exit polling in Kentucky — where CNN is projecting rival Sen. Hillary Clinton will win by a wide margin — suggests that he still has big problems in states with a large majority of older, white and blue-collar voters.

Nearly half of Democratic voters in Kentucky polled Tuesday said they would either vote for Republican Sen. John McCain or not vote at all in November if Obama is the Democratic nominee. Among 1,278 people polled, 33 percent said they would pick McCain over Obama, and 16 percent said they would not vote at all.

By comparison, 76 percent said they would choose Clinton over McCain, with only 17 percent supporting the Republican and 6 percent not voting.

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Clinton and Obama supporters both said Clinton attacked unfairly.

Clinton and Obama supporters both said Clinton attacked unfairly.

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Why Is Hillary Still Running?
Houston Chronicle – 35 minutes ago
Well, 2 more primaries are now in the rear view mirror, and as the old saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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WBT
Money shocker! Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt soars to $31 million
Los Angeles Times – 2 hours ago
No wonder Sen. Hillary Clinton was so late filing her required campaign financial reports Tuesday night. Her political team didn’t want the shocking news in it to overshadow her lopsided thumping of Sen. Barack Obama in Kentucky.
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The Southern Ledger
McCain Vows to Keep US Trade Embargo on Cuba
Wall Street Journal – 5 hours ago
John McCain told Cuban-Americans Tuesday that he would maintain the decades-old US trade embargo on Cuba if he is elected president, and he attacked Barack Obama for his willingness to meet with Cuba’s leader.
McCain, in Miami, promises to continue isolating Cuba Los Angeles Times
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Voice of America
The TV Watch Clinton Fades Even in a Victory
New York Times – 8 hours ago
By ALESSANDRA STANLEY While Senator Barack Obama gingerly commended his rival’s “perseverance,” the shrinking candidacy of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton all but vanished from the television set on Tuesday, sidelined by bigger news.
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China Daily
Obama, Clinton campaigning in Fla. today
MiamiHerald.com – 42 minutes ago
AP Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are campaigning in Florida after avoiding the state since last fall.
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New York Daily News
Clinton still eyeing prize but also guarding legacy
Houston Chronicle – 7 hours ago
By PATRICK HEALY Rebuffing associates who have suggested that she end her presidential candidacy, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has made it clear to her camp in recent days that she will stay in the race until June because she believes she can still be
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China Post
Obama wins Oregon and takes step closer to winning nomination
Los Angeles Times – 6 hours ago
AP He captures a majority of pledged delegates to the Democratic convention even as he loses Kentucky by a wide margin to Clinton.
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The Southern Ledger
Ky., Ore. voters choose US Senate candidates
The Associated Press – 2 hours ago
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – With the Democratic US Senate nomination secure, the speaker of the Oregon House is turning his attention to defeating the sole GOP senator on the West Coast this fall.
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Telegraph.co.uk
Obama leads McCain in November match
Reuters – 1 hour ago
By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Barack Obama has opened an 8-point national lead on Republican John McCain as the US presidential rivals turn their focus to a general election race, according to a
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PRESS TV
Mark McKinnon, true to vow, leaves McCain ad team rather than
Los Angeles Times – 7 hours ago
Mark McKinnon, the advertising wizard who helped shape George W. Bush’s two winning presidential bids and helped steer Arizona Sen. John McCain from political oblivion last summer to the Republican nomination, is bowing out of the current campaign.
McCain strategist keeps Obama vow, leaving campaign Reuters
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KATU
Democratic Party Favorite to Face Oregon’s Smith in Senate Race
CQPolitics.com – 2 hours ago
By Annie Johnson, CQ Staff Oregon’s House Speaker Jeff Merkley narrowly defeated political activist Steve Novick early Wednesday for the chance to unseat moderate incumbent Gordon H. Smith , the only Republican holding statewide office in Oregon.
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Enews 2.0
Clinton’s persistence earns applause
BBC News – 8 hours ago
By Kevin Connolly There are only a handful of people left in the United States who believe that Hillary Clinton is going to win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
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New York Daily News
Obama says he is “within reach” of a win
The Associated Press – 9 hours ago
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Barack Obama declared himself “within reach” of the Democratic nomination Tuesday and celebrated in the state where his win in the opening contest of the presidential primary season helped reshape the race.
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KEPR 19
Hurry up! Tuesday deadline to vote by mail!
Los Angeles Times – 10 hours ago
Your clueless friends and neighbors are waiting for November to vote, which means your ballot in the June 3 election will count for a heck of a lot more.
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The Washington Independent
Obama, Clinton signal Florida boycott over
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Elections

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., acknowledges the crowd after he speaks at a rally Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in Des Moines, Iowa. Obama declared himself 'within reach' of the Democratic nomination and celebrated in the state where his win in the opening contest of the presidential primary season helped reshape the race.  (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Obama inching ever closer to nomination

AP – 18 minutes agoWASHINGTON – Late in the game, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are courting voters in Florida, a state so far shut out of their Democratic presidential race, after trading wins in a pair of primaries that brought Obama within sight of his party’s nomination.

  • Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., takes the stage at a rally Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    Analysis: Time to focus on candidates’ legacies AP – 2 hours, 14 minutes agoWASHINGTON – The Democratic presidential race is all but over. Barring a cataclysmic change of events, Barack Obama will win enough pledged and superdelegates to win the party’s nomination. The only real issue is whether he and rival Hillary Rodham Clinton leave the race with their futures — and their party — intact.

  • Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks to supporters at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday, May 20, 2008.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Obama, McCain hold cash while Clinton sees debt AP – Wed May 21, 3:31 AM ETWASHINGTON – The money tells the tale. Democrat Barack Obama entered May sitting comfortably atop more than $37 million in the bank. Republican John McCain had nearly $22 million in hand. Hillary Rodham Clinton, once the Democrats’ presidential front-runner, was in the red.

  • US Democratic presidential hopeful Illinois Senator Barack Obama is introduced during a town hall meeting on May 19, 2008 in Billings, Montana. Republican White House hopeful John McCain Tuesday savaged Democratic rival Barack Obama's stance on Cuba, vowing himself to maintain the US trade embargo until democracy comes to the communist island.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Anne Sherwood)

    Obama plans general election team AP – Tue May 20, 10:00 PM ETWASHINGTON – Barack Obama is quietly planning to take over the Democratic National Committee and assemble a multistate team for the general election, the latest sign that he is putting rival Hillary Rodham Clinton and the nomination fight behind him.

  • Boehner, Cole to release election plan Politico – Wed May 21, 5:13 AM ETAfter a week of tension and recriminations following a special election loss in Mississippi, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner and NRCC Chairman Tom Cole will unveil a series of changes Wednesday aimed at quelling criticism and positioning their party for November’s elections.
  • Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., takes the stage at a rally Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    Obama says he is “within reach” of a win AP – Tue May 20, 11:29 PM ETDES MOINES, Iowa – Barack Obama declared himself “within reach” of the Democratic nomination Tuesday and celebrated in the state where his win in the opening contest of the presidential primary season helped reshape the race.

  • Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton addresses her supporters during her Kentucky Presidential primary night rally in Louisville, Kentucky May 20, 2008. (Frankie Steele/Reuters)

    Clinton calls victory in Kentucky a vote of confidence AP – Tue May 20, 11:24 PM ETLOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hillary Rodham Clinton cast her victory in Kentucky as an overwhelming vote of confidence Tuesday and said she’s still running for president not to demonstrate that she’s tough but to ensure that Democrats retake the White House.

  • Democratic presidential hopeful New York Senator Hillary Clinton arrives for a campaign stop at Lynn's Paradise Cafe and gift shop, in Louisville, Kentucky. Hillary Clinton scored a consolation win in Tuesday's Kentucky primary, but Barack Obama remained on course to surpass a milestone toward the Democrats' White House nomination.(AFP/Robyn Beck)

    Obama reaches delegate milestone AP – Wed May 21, 12:49 AM ETWASHINGTON – Sen. Barack Obama reached a majority of the pledged delegates at stake in the primaries and caucuses Tuesday, a symbolic milestone in his march toward the Democratic nomination for president.

  • Voters place their votes at the St. Matthews Fire Station during the Kentucky Primary elections in Louisville, Kentucky, May 20, 2008. (John Sommers II/Reuters)

    Exit poll: Whites help Clinton in KY, not OR AP – Wed May 21, 12:32 AM ETWASHINGTON – White voters played a decisive role in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s lopsided victory Tuesday in Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary. Barack Obama got the victory in more liberal Oregon, where race and the hard-edged rivalry between the two embattled candidates were muted.

  • In this Feb. 6, 2008, file photo, Mark McKinnon, chief media adviser for Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, listens to McCain at a press conference Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008 in Phoenix, Ariz. McKinnon is leaving Republican John McCain's presidential campaign because he doesn't want to work against Democrat Barack Obama. He wrote in a campaign memo last year that if Obama won the Democratic nomination, he would not actively campaign against him. With the results of Tuesday night's, May 20, 2008, primaries in Kentucky and Oregon, Obama claimed he had a majority of convention delegates. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    McCain media consultant departs AP – Tue May 20, 9:56 PM ETMIAMI – A top adviser is leaving Republican John McCain’s presidential campaign because he doesn’t want to work against Democrat Barack Obama.

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama gets some advice on what to order from a young patron during a stop at the Prince Puckler's ice cream shop in Eugene, Oregon May 17, 2008. (Richard Clement/Reuters)

    Obama moves closer to presidential nomination Reuters – 36 minutes agoWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama passed a major milestone to move within reach of the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday but rival Hillary Clinton refused to surrender.

  • U.S Senate candidate Jeff Merkley celebrates after winning the primary election against Steve Novick in Portland, Ore Tuesday May 20, 2008 At his side is wife Mary Sorteberg. (AP Photo/Steve Slocum)

    Ky., Ore. voters choose US Senate candidates AP – 2 hours, 33 minutes agoPORTLAND, Ore. – With the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination secure, the speaker of the Oregon House is turning his attention to defeating the sole GOP senator on the West Coast this fall.

  • Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, greets customers at Cafe Versailles on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in Miami. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Today on the presidential campaign trail AP – Wed May 21, 4:37 AM ETObama inching ever closer to nomination despite another big loss to Clinton … Obama and McCain build cash reserves while Clinton carries debt … Analysis: Democratic race all but over, time to focus on candidates’ legacies

  • The punditry disconnect continues on primary night AP – Wed May 21, 2:07 AM ETNEW YORK – Television’s news networks brought all of their punditry and electronic firepower to the Democratic presidential primary coverage on Tuesday, but left viewers yearning for the simplest of things.
  • Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Hillary Clinton plays with Haiden Weaver, 7 months, as her mother Heather Weaver looks on during a campaign stop at Lynn's Paradise cafe in Louisville, Kentucky, May 20, 2008. (John Sommers II/Reuters)

    Results from KY, OR Dem primary polls AP – Wed May 21, 12:43 AM ETResults from an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks in Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, and data from a telephone poll during the past week in Oregon’s vote-by-mail primary:

  • Details of April presidential fundraising AP – Tue May 20, 11:16 PM ETFundraising figures for April as released by the presidential candidates.
  • Former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton listen to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during her Kentucky Presidential Primary night rally in Louisville, Kentucky, May 20, 2008. (John Sommers/Reuters)

    Obama Raised $31 Million for Campaign in April Bloomberg – Tue May 20, 10:42 PM ETMay 20 (Bloomberg) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raised $31 million last month for his primary election campaign, Federal Election Commission records show, putting him on the verge of becoming the biggest fundraiser in U.S. history.

  • US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks at his Oregon and Kentucky primary election night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, May 20, 2008. (Jeff Haynes/Reuters)

    Excerpts of Obama’s speech in Iowa AP – Tue May 20, 10:27 PM ETExcerpts of Barack Obama’s prepared remarks on Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa, before the polls closed in Oregon’s Democratic presidential primary, as provided by his campaign:

  • Mark McKinnon watches a Bush for President campaign rally from the wings in Milwaukee in this October 23, 2000 file photo. (Jeff Mitchell/Reuters)

    McCain strategist keeps Obama vow, leaving campaign Reuters – Tue May 20, 10:16 PM ETFORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (Reuters) – A senior adviser to Republican presidential candidate John McCain said on Tuesday that he was stepping down to keep a commitment he made not to campaign against Democrat Barack Obama.

  • Excerpts of Clinton’s speech Tuesday in Ky. AP – Tue May 20, 9:15 PM ETExcerpts of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s speech Tuesday in Louisville, Ky., after winning the state’s Democratic presidential primary, as provided by CQ Transcriptions:
  • Democratic presidential candidate and US Senator Barack Obama, (D-IL), speaks in Billings, Montana May 19, 2008. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

    Obama raised $31 million in April: campaign Reuters – Tue May 20, 9:04 PM ETWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama raised more than $31 million dollars in campaign donations in April, his campaign reported on Tuesday.

  • Calif. special interest groups skirt fundraising law AP – Tue May 20, 6:58 PM ETSACRAMENTO – Corporations, labor unions, Indian tribes and other special interests have sharply increased their campaign spending in California by skirting voter-approved contribution limits and plowing their money into independent expenditures.
  • McCain taps Walker to run mid-Atlantic campaign AP – Tue May 20, 6:52 PM ETCOLUMBIA, S.C. – Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has tapped Trey Walker to manage his campaign’s mid-Atlantic region.
  • In this April 18, 2008, file photo, Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., addresses supporters at a rally in Philadelphia.  Obama is well known for his ability to draw a large crowd. The Illinois senator has already seen plenty of eye-popping crowds, including 35,000 who crammed into Independence Park in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Large crowds and Obama trademark AP – Tue May 20, 6:42 PM ETNEW YORK – Barack Obama is well-known for his ability to draw a large crowd. But 75,000 in Portland, Ore.?

  • Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., center, is surrounded by family members, left to right, son Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., stepson Curran Raclin, son Teddy Kennedy Jr., daughter Kara Kennedy and his wife Vicki in a family room at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Tuesday afternoon, May 20, 2008. Kennedy has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    Unlike brothers, Ted Kennedy grew old in public AP – Tue May 20, 6:30 PM ETWASHINGTON – Unlike his brothers, Edward M. Kennedy has grown old in public, his victories, defeats and human contradictions played out across the decades in the public glare.

  • U.S. presidential candidate Senator John McCain arrives at a town hall meeting with Cuban Americans and and members of the Latin American community in Miami, Florida May 20, 2008. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

    In Miami, McCain attacks Obama on Cuba Reuters – Tue May 20, 6:18 PM ETMIAMI (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate John McCain criticized Democratic front-runner Barack Obama on Tuesday for saying he was willing to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro and accused him of wanting to weaken the U.S. embargo against Cuba.

  • Democratic party leaders in Florida said Wednesday they expect to resolve soon a dispute over the state's vote in the nominating contest between White House hopefuls Barack Obama(L) and Hillary Clinton(R).(AFP/Getty Images/File)

    Obama, Clinton signal Florida boycott over AP – Tue May 20, 6:16 PM ETTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The boycott is over.

  • Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., makes a fist as he acknowledges remark about winning Florida in the presidential race Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in Miami. McCain spoke about the Columbia Free Trade agreement and Cuban Independence Day. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    McCain hammers Obama on national security AP – Tue May 20, 5:54 PM ETMIAMI – Republican John McCain, speaking to a raucous crowd on Cuba’s independence day, hammered Democrat Barack Obama for saying he would meet with President Raul Castro and called Obama a “tool of organized labor” for opposing a Latin American trade deal.

  • US Judge: Wait your turn for Clinton phone records AP – Tue May 20, 5:45 PM ETWASHINGTON – A federal judge refused to rush the release of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s phone records from her days as first lady and, in doing so Tuesday, offered a conservative watchdog group a manners lesson straight from the playground.
  • This undated handout image provided by the National Archives and Ancestry.com shows the World War I draft card of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama's great grandfather Rolla Payne. (AP Photo/National Archives-Ancestry.com)

    Records shed light on candidates’ ancestors AP – Tue May 20, 5:38 PM ETWASHINGTON – They were a sailor, a bookkeeper and a factory worker, men of humble roots and distant times whose kin would run for president in 2008.

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