The Note's Must-Reads

2008: Obama:

ABC News' Jennifer Parker: "Obama Becomes First Black Democratic Presidential Nominee - The Third African American Senator Since Reconstruction Makes History" LINK

The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny: "Obama Claims Nomination; First Black Candidate to Lead a Major Party Ticket" LINK

The New York Times' Christopher Drew and Leslie Wayne: "Clinton Donor Base Is Obama's Next Prize" LINK

The Washington Post's Dan Balz and Anne E. Kornblut: "Obama Claims Nomination" LINK

The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman, Shailagh Murray and Peter Slevin: "Strategy Was Based On Winning Delegates, Not Battlegrounds" LINK

The Washington Post's Shailagh Murray: "A Moment of Triumph, With a Little Disbelief" LINK

The Politico's Ben Smith: "Obama locks in Democratic nomination" LINK

The Politico's Roger Simon: "Obama's first test: Handling Hillary" LINK

The Politico's David Paul Kuhn: "Exit polls show challenge for Obama" LINK

The Politico's Martin Kady II and Patrick O'Connor: "Hill Democrats fall in line behind Obama" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Mary Jacoby: "South Dakota Symbolizes Obama's Lingering Woes" LINK

The Boston Globe's Scott Helman: "Obama clinches Democratic nomination" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Mark Z. Barabak: "How Obama went from underdog to alpha - His charisma, soaring oratory and modern campaign strategy upset the Clinton machine." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Michael Finnegan and Janet Hook: "Superdelegates surge to Obama - After resisting taking sides, dozens endorse him in choreographed effort to settle his epic battle against Clinton." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Doyle McManus: "Unity now key for Democrats - Obama may be scarred from the primary battle, but it has left him more prepared for the clashes to come against McCain." LINK

New York Daily News Michael Goodwin: "Barack Obama Must Break With Billary" LINK

New York Daily News' Michael Goodwin: "She Lost, But Obama's Now Gotta Face His Hillary Clinton Problem" LINK

The New York Post's Dick Morris and Eileen McGann: Obama's Iraq Achilles Heel" LINK

The Boston Herald's Jonah Goldberg: "Any Judgment Call Goes Against Obama" LINK

Time Magazine's Mark Halperin: "In Speech, Obama Heals—Then Attacks" LINK

Newsweek's Richard Wolffe: " A Sigh of Relief" LINK

Newsweek's Joanna Klonsky: "Obama's Brains Trust" LINK

2008: Clinton:

The New York Times' Adam Nagourney: "Next on Agenda Is Clinton's Role" LINK

The New York Times' Kate Zernike: "Clinton Discusses What She Wants, but Not What She Will Do" LINK

The New York Times' Maureen Dowd: "She's Still Here!" LINK

The Washington Post's DeNeen L. Brown: "Two Words With a Ring Of Possibility" LINK

The Washington Post's Anne E. Kornblut: "Clinton Ends Primary Season With an Unanswered Question" LINK

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank: "In Defeat, Clinton Graciously Pretends to Win" LINK

The Washington Post's Krissah Williams: "For Clinton, A Following Of 'Marshans'" LINK

The Politico's Ben Smith: "Clinton appears open to VP slot" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Jackie Calmes: "Clinton's Road to Second Place" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Amy Chozik: "Downhill Traverse: Traveling With the Clinton Camp A Reporter Details Poignant Signposts Of Falling Fortunes" LINK

USA Today's Fredreka Schouten and Martha T. Moore: "Clinton offers praise, does not concede" LINK

The New York Daily News' Thomas M. Defrank: "Wounded, But It's Not the End of Hillary Clinton's Story" LINK

The New York Post's Rich Lowry: "A Big Dog in Winter: Bubba Lost in Ego, Whining" LINK

The Boston Herald's Hilary Chabot: "Clinton Hints at VP Interest" LINK

The Boston Herald's Casey Ross: "Hill Backers Blame Stinging Loss on Strong Glass Ceiling" LINK

Time Magazine's David VonDrehle and James Newton Small: "No Surrender (Yet) for Clinton" LINK

Newsweek's Howard Fineman: "Clinton Kabuki: How Hillary is Playing the Veep Game" LINK

The New York Sun's Nicholas Wapshott: "Queen Hillary in Check" LINK

2008: Democrats:

The New York Times' Michael Powell: "Calm in the Swirl of History" LINK

The New York Times' Alessandra Stanley: "The Primary Season's Final Debate" LINK

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz: "Primary Storm Took Wind Out of An Electric Event" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Jackie Calmes: "Obama Clinches Nomination, Capping Historic, Bitter Contest First African-American to Lead a Major Party Ticket; Clinton Refuses to Concede" LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: "Left's Cash Crushing Right" LINK

The Boston Herald's Margery Eagan: "Dream Ticket Would Let Us All Get Some Needed Shut-Eye" LINK

2008: McCain:

The New York Times' Michael Cooper: "McCain Distances Himself From Bush and Jabs Obama" LINK

The Washington Post's Michael D. Shear and Juliet Eilperin: "McCain Mounts Immediate Attack on Obama's Record" LINK

The Politico's Jonathan Martin: "McCain draws sharp contrast with Bush, Obama" LINK

USA Today's Susan Page and Jill Lawrence: "As McCain awaits, nominee will seek to unite Democrats" LINK

The Hill's Claus Marre: "McCain: Obama Stands for 'the Wrong Change'" LINK

Time Magazine's James Carney: "McCain Sells His Kind of Change" LINK

Newsweek's Holly Bailey: "McCain's 'Change' Speech" LINK

Newsweek's Robert McMahon: "McCain's Brains Trust" LINK

The Hill's Manu Raju: "Dems Accuse McCain on Climate" LINK

2008: Obama and McCain:

The New York Sun's Russell Berman: "It's Obama Versus McCain" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler: "McCain, Obama Kick Off Groundbreaking Battle Amid War in Iraq And Economic Woes, Promises of Change" LINK

USA Today's David Jackson: "McCain kicks off general election fight" LINK