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The Morning Report

In the Headlines:

"Clinton Signals She May Carry Fight to Convention" (Katharine Seelye and Jeff Zeleny, New York Times) - A day after Senator Barack Obama gathered a majority of pledged delegates in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton defiantly sent out new signals Wednesday that she might take her fight for the nomination all the way to the party's convention in August.

"McCain to Host Possible Veeps at Ariz. Home" (Liz Sidoti, Associated Press) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a McCain rival in the primary, were invited to a weekend gathering at the senator's place in Sedona.

"McCain Adviser's Work As Lobbyist Criticized" (Michael Shear and Jeffrey Birnbaum, Washington Post) - Longtime uber-lobbyist Charles R. Black Jr. is John McCain's man in Washington, a political maestro who is hoping to guide his friend, the senator from Arizona, to the presidency this November.

"Religious Right Feeling Left Out in Race" (Martin Kady, The Politico) - Christian conservatives who helped elect President Bush are wary of his would-be Republican successor, and now they're feeling abandoned by Congressional Republicans, too.

The Morning Shows:

Fox and Friends - Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, on McCain's inviting potential VP candidates to his Arizona home: "I was not invited, but I was down there a couple months ago for the previous one ... I think Sen. McCain will be looking at dozens of people ... and I just take them at their word that this is something that is part of getting acquainted with other people."

Morning Joe - Former National Security Adviser and Obama supporter Zbigniew Brzezinski, on McCain's foreign-policy vis-a-vis Iran: "There's something ominous in the tones of [McCain's] observations. They're reminiscent of the kind of warmongering that President Bush was engaging in prior to the war in Iraq."

Good Morning America - A Brian Ross investigation reported on McCain-backing pastor Ralph Parsley criticized for his anti-Islamic remarks. Said Ross, "John McCain sought and received the endorsement from Ralph Parcley of the World Harvest Church of Columbus, Ohio." Parsley accused Islam of being a "false religion." A McCain spokesman responded to the report stating, "McCain obviously strongly rejects such statements." (Video)

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(Greg Bobrinskoy contributed to the Morning Report.)