Oh Claire! The senator from Missouri agrees to serve as the special guest at the Iowa Democratic Party's major fundraiser on June 13.

The McCain campaign announces a new blog. It's called the McCain Report. It pledges a "fresh" perspective on the campaign. I like it. Why? Because of this:

We've been working hard to get things ready for today's launch, and we're still working out a few kinks (a last-minute decision to ditch the lime-green background cost us some time), so please bear with us. But be sure to bookmark and check back regularly for updates.



Well played.

EMILY's List begins the slow transition away from Sen. Clinton. Watch for them to launch a major anti-McCain campaign next week.

Read our guru, Ron Brownstein, on the Democrats' demographic gamble with Sen. Obama.

New CNN numbers largely reinforce last night's new CBS News/NYT numbers. Among registered votes (921 of them for a margin of error of +/- 3%), Obama leads McCain by precisely the margin of error. Eleven percent of Obama voters and eleven percent of McCain voters say they might change their minds. With Ralph Nader in the mix, Obama leads by four points; Bob Barr gets 2%. An Obama-Clinton ticket would beat a McCain-Romney ticket handily -- by six points, 52 to 46%. Only 7 percent of Clinton supporters say they are not likely to vote in the fall. 54% of Dems say Obama should choose Clinton, but if he doesn't, 75% say Clinton shouldn't try to override the decision at the convention. 68% of Dems think the party has treated Clinton fairly. Still, 55% say the party is divided now (but will be united in the fall.)

John Edwards insists he will not be on the ticket; privately, he is as adamant about this as he is publicly.

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