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Hip Hop Artist ti$a Throws Up Obama Sign

Hip Hop artist ti$a (formally Taz Arnold) has released a pro-Obama music video online, featuring an Obama hand sign and the line, "we hood, we votin', and throwin' it up." ti$a makes the Obama sign by forming an "O" with his hands.

The Caucus is reporting that the official music video for the song will feature Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker. See the web version below:



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Clinton to Deliver 'Top Ten' on Letterman, Following Obama's Appearance

After Barack Obama presented the "Top Ten" list on The Late Show with David Letterman last night (see Walter Alarkon's Briefing Room post here), CBS Entertainment announced today that Hillary Clinton will follow suit, delivering the Top Ten list Monday night.

Neither CBS nor the Clinton campaign have released the list Clinton will deliver. See CBS' release below.

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Reps. Capps, Braley and Hill Support Obama

Barack Obama is picking up the support of three superdelegates in the House on Wednesday.

Both Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) were drawn to Obama's message of unity in announcing their endorsements. Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) will also endorse the Illinois senator on Wednesday, according to the Bloomington (Ind.) Herald-Times.

Braley, a freshman House member, noted the excitement Obama generated among voters in the Iowa caucuses.

"In this same spirit, I believe there's one candidate for President who has the ability to unite our country and bring about the change we need," he said in a statement.

Capps, a six-term congresswoman and chairwoman of the Democratic Women's Working Group, said that she's backing Obama because "he has made a call to the better angels of our nature."

Capps acknowledged Hillary Clinton as a someone who would make "a great president" and whose election would fulfill "a life-long dream" for those who have fought for women's rights. But she said that Obama's message of unity won her over.

"He is challenging us to lift ourselves out of the ugliness that increasingly consumes Washington, where the heat of your argument counts for more than the light it should bring," Capps said in a statement. "He is asking us to stand together as Americans and transcend the traditional lines that have so often divided us by party affiliation, economic status, gender, or race."

Read more of Capps's endorsement announcement after the jump.
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Va. Paper: Rep. Cantor for Vice President

A Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist is making the case for Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as John McCain's running mate.

Much of the McCain veep speculation has focused on the GOP's young governors, including Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty, South Carolina's Mark Sanford, Alaska's Sarah Palin and Louisiana's Bobby Jindal. But columnist Bob Rayner writes that Cantor, his hometown congressman, deserves consideration.

"Rep. Eric Cantor is 44. McCain is 71," Rayner writes. "As a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Cantor brings the clout and experience on economic and tax issues that many believe McCain lacks."

Read the whole column here.
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Clinton to Campaign on Pay Gap

Hillary Clinton will campaign on the pay gap between men and women for the next week leading up to the April 22 Pennsylvania primary, which will also be Equal Pay Day this year.

Clinton's campaign announced the effort today in a press release. The campaign has launched an online pay gap calculator, and women will blog on the "women for Hillary" portion of the campaign's website throughout the week. Former Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues Co-Chair Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) was the first to blog with a post today.

The campaign also says it will host events across the country, beginning today with a "Women's Day of Action"in North Carolina featuring National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy.
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All Tied Up in Pa., Poll Says

A poll released today by the American Research Group shows the race in Pennsylvania is all tied up at 45-45 with six percent undecided. A poll taken a month ago by the same group had Hillary Clinton up 11 over Barack Obama.
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Axelrod:

From The Hill's Klaus Marre:

David Axelrod, a top strategist for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), said Monday that the departure of his counterpart Mark Penn from the campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.)
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Despite Recent Polls in Pa. & N.C., Bill Clinton Heads to Puerto Rico

Bill Clinton is spending Monday in Puerto Rico, signaling the Clinton camp is at least planning a run to the final weekend of the race despite news from bigger states scheduled earlier on the primary calendar. The former President has stops today in Barceloneta, Salinas and Ponce.

Sending Bill Clinton to do ground work for the June 1 contest is a somewhat surprising given the recent news from Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

In Pennsylvania, Clinton's double digit lead in polls has shrunk to a RealClearPolitcs average of 6.6 percent. One recent poll even showed Obama leading in the state.

In North Carolina, Obama's average lead is 16.2 percent. A poll released this weekend showing Obama up 23 points in the the state made a splash on Drudge and other sites.
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