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More Bad News for Obama

Jeremiah Wright is back, and unrepentant. Here’s part of what he has to say for himself:

The blowup and the blowing up of sermons preached 15, seven, six years
ago and now becoming a media event, not the full sermon, but the
snippets from the sermon and sound bite having made me the target of
hatred, yes, that is something very new and

Here’s Where the Strings Come In

Not exactly winning over any more of the clingy God-and-guns blue collar crowd, but perhaps the first candidate to completely dominate the coveted Adderall-and-iPhones hipster crowd, Obama has been endorsed by Superchunk and Arcade Fire. They’ll be playing at a North Carolina “early vote” rally May 1 and 2.

North Carolina GOP Pulls Controversial Ad (Or Maybe Not)

Per McCain’s senior adviser, Charlie Black, who was just now reading through his BlackBerry. “The ad has been pulled,” he said. “I don’t think it ever ran, except on the web.”

UPDATE: The North Carolina GOP says that Black’s report is not true. “I don’t know where that’s coming from, but it’s not the case,” says the committee …

How Will It End?

I’ve been talking to people on both Democratic campaigns, and Democratic leaders who aren’t taking sides, to try to figure out how and when this race is likely to be over. In the dead-tree TIME that comes out tomorrow, I have a story about the three scenarios.

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