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Rapper Nas Battles Fox News over Obama Coverage

Hip hop star Nas will become the latest surrogate for Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Along with and, the artist will deliver a petition to Fox News at its New York headquarters demanding the network end its


People: Cindy McCain Shows Softer Side with Hairdo

In this month's People Magazine, Cindy McCain will receive kudos for donning a more relaxed hairdo, varying her usual pinned-up coiffure with a looser, half up/half down look arranged by Los Angeles-based stylist Piper Baker.

According to People's online poll, 74 percent of readers prefer the more relaxed look, and People congratulates her for "showing her softer side."

Eight More Senators for Obama

Eight more Senate Democrats have endorsed Barack Obama.

Sens. Tom Harkin (Iowa), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), Tom Carper (Del.), Ron Wyden of (Ore.), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) issued a joint statement supporting the Illinois Democrat. Sen. Ken Salazar of Colorado issued a separate statement that said the same.

"As Senators who remained neutral in this contest, we are proud of Senators Obama and Clinton for breaking down barriers that some believed were unbreakable and for inspiring millions in our country to participate in our political process, many for the first time," the statement says.

"Our focus now is on victory in November and on giving Barack Obama every ounce of our support, every bit of our energy, and our total commitment to do everything in our power to win the Presidency."

The full statement is after the jump.

- J. Taylor Rushing

Rep. Donnelly Endorses Obama

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) endorsed Barack Obama for president today.

In a statement released by Obama's campaign, Donnelly said, "At a time when too many Americans have lost faith in their government, Senator Obama can move us beyond the politics of stalemate and gridlock that has kept us from meeting the monumental challenges of our time: our dependence on foreign oil, a health care gap that leaves tens of millions uninsured, the steady deterioration of our manufacturing base, and an economy that is not working for working people."

Obama has recently shown momentum in the battle for uncommitted superdelegates, picking up over 26 since the day before Indiana and North Carolina Democrats went to the polls (see yesterday's AP story on Obama's superdelegate momentum here).

Obama lost to Hillary Clinton in Donnelly's home state last Tuesday, falling to the New York senator by a margin of 51 percent to 49 percent. Obama carried South Bend, Ind., which falls in Donnelly's district.


Mark Penn Thought Dem Primary Race Was Winner Take All

Time Magazine has an story outlining the five big mistakes the Hillary Clinton campaign made to end up where it is today. One of them, according to Time, was that she trusted Mark Penn who reportedly thought the proportional Democratic primary system was actually a winner take all system. On that assumption Penn thought Clinton would secure the nomination after winning California and each of the states 370 delegate's.

From Time's story:
As aides looked over the campaign calendar, chief strategist Mark Penn confidently predicted that an early win in California would put her over the top because she would pick up all the state's 370 delegates. It sounded smart, but as every high school civics student now knows, Penn was wrong: Democrats, unlike the Republicans, apportion their delegates according to vote totals, rather than allowing any state to award them winner-take-all. Sitting nearby, veteran Democratic insider Harold M. Ickes, who had helped write those rules, was horrified

McCain, Plan Economico

John McCain has released a web ad, entitled "McCain, Plan Economico," targeting Spanish speaking voters. McCain speaks English in the ad as Spanish subtitles appear below.

McCain begins by saying Latino-owned small businesses are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy. He then goes on to outline his economic plan.

McCain announced Monday (Cinco de Mayo) that he would speak at the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic rights and advocacy group, at its annual convention in July, and that he had launched a Spanish section of his campaign website.

See the web ad below:


Gravel and Obama Girl Sing Duet in Web Ad

Former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska), still a presidential candidate but now seeking the Libertarian Party's nomination, has released a new web ad featuring Obama Girl. Gravel asks Obama Girl to drop her crush on Obama and vote for him as the two sing a duet.

Gravel and Obama girl sing and dance in a city park. They also spend time in an office and a recording studio. At the end, Gravel says, "I totally learned that Soulja Boy dance for nothing."


Harold Ford, Jr. Wants Consideration of Unity Ticket

Former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-Tenn.), chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, says he wants Democrats to consider a shared Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama ticket in November.

Ford said on MSNBC last night, "I think it's something that this party is going to have to think very seriously about in the next few weeks.", a website founded to push for a unity ticket, began circulating Ford's statement last night in a release.