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Obama: Hillary Land's demands

The New York Times looks at how the Clinton team is negotiating for debt retirement, a role at the convention, and how to settle things between Obama and Bill Clinton. "On some levels, the melding of the two operations is moving ahead relatively smoothly. Mrs. Clinton will introduce some of her top donors to Mr. Obama on Thursday night in Washington, and on Friday the two of them will appear together at a rally in Unity, N.H. Mr. Obama is in talks to hire one of Mrs. Clinton's most prominent advisers -- Neera Tanden, her policy director -- and has hired and dispatched a few of Mrs. Clinton's field operatives to work in Missouri and Ohio."

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"But nearly three weeks after Mrs. Clinton suspended her campaign and endorsed Mr. Obama, some loyalists, especially on the Clinton side, are having trouble moving on. Some Clinton supporters are grousing that Mr. Obama has yet to make the symbolic gesture of writing a check for $2,300, the maximum allowable campaign donation, to help retire her debt of over $12 million." More: "The question of how many of Mrs. Clinton's former associates will end up working in Mr. Obama's campaign is another source of tension. To date, there has been no large-scale effort to recruit Mrs. Clinton's aides. Part of this is because Mr. Obama's campaign high command is already fully formed and because it is based in Chicago, meaning a relocation for most former Clinton workers. (Her headquarters was in suburban Washington.)"

Karl Rove, not surprisingly, goes after Obama today in his Wall Street Journal column. "McCain will be helped if he uses Mr. Obama's actions to paint his opponent as someone driven by an all-powerful instinct to look out only for himself. In a contest over who is willing to put principle above personal ambition and self-interest, John McCain, a war hero and a former POW, wins hands down. That may not be the most important issue to voters in electing a president, but it's something they will rightly take into account." 

Just how will Obama's online supporters stay involved should he win the White House?

The AFL-CIO appears set to endorse Obama today.

"Nader -- the longtime consumer advocate who has been a bane to Democrats - told the Rocky Mountain News that Obama is trying to 'talk white' and to appeal to 'white guilt,'" the Boston Globe writes.

Nader refused to back off his controversial statements about Obama yesterday. In a press release, Nader said: "Sen. Obama said earlier today that I haven't been paying attention to his campaign. Actually, I have. And it's clear from Senator Obama's campaign that he is not willing to tackle the white power structure -- whether in the form of the corporate power structure or many of the super-rich -- who are taking advantage of 100 million low income Americans who are suffering in poverty or near poverty."

Nader also defended his comments to the New York Times, "'What difference it should make is that he would be more sensitive and determined to bring elevated visibility and concrete programs to deal with these issues,' Mr. Nader said. 'Wouldn't a woman president be expected to be more responsive to women's rights? It's just more natural. He said that Mr. Obama 'obviously made a tactical decision that he's not going to campaign politically as Jesse Jackson did.'"

"'He wants to come across that he's not politically threatening to the white power class and the liberal intelligentsia,' Mr. Nader said. 'It's been a brilliant tactic.'"

"In a letter to Nader, the Rev. Al Sharpton said the comments 'are beneath the respect many have had for you.'"

The RNC has unveiled a Web site on Obama, Dr. Nobama.