•A new Newsmax/Zogby poll of PA Dem LVs shows Hillary Clinton leading Barack Obama 51-41% -- up from her 6% lead in yesterday's survey (release).
•A new USA Today/Gallup poll of Dem adults shows Obama leading HRC 50-40% -- up from his 7% lead in last month's survey (release).
•Today's PA primary forecast: Partly cloudy in Pittsburgh with a high of 71, and partly cloudy in Philly with a high of 70 (Weather.com). Meanwhile, "with record numbers of new registrants," election officials "warn of the potential for record numbers of problems at the polls" (Philadelphia Inquirer).
•Several uncommitted superdelegates said that HRC "needs to win by at least" 10 points in PA -- the margin she posted over Obama in OH (Los Angeles Times). Meanwhile, "an Obama victory by any margin" would be a "perhaps fatal blow to Clinton's prospects," and "a narrow Obama loss would do little to change the overall dynamic" (Philadelphia Inquirer).
•In response to HRC's closing PA ad, Obama went up with his own TV ad, "He Has What It Takes," claiming he will "unite us -- not use fear and calculation to divide us" (release).
•In a last round of PA robocalls, HRC "directly accuses Obama twice of lying about his position on the Second Amendment" (TPM).
•Campaigning in Pittsburgh yesterday, Bill Clinton said that "if we were under the Republican system," HRC would "have a 300-delegate lead here" ("The Trail"). He also accused Obama's camp of "playing the race card on me" ("Political Radar").
•Meanwhile, HRC told Larry King last night: "I'm going until we get Florida and Michigan resolved" (CNN).
•As of the end of Mar., HRC owed Mark Penn's firm $4.6M, Mandy Grunwald's consulting firm $528,480, and mail and microtargeting firm MSHC Partners nearly $1M (Washington Post).
•A new policy difference between HRC and Obama emerged yesterday, with Obama saying he's against John McCain's proposed gas tax holiday, and HRC saying she's in favor ("Washington Wire").
•Richard Nixon's daughter, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, is supporting Obama and has donated $2,300 to his camp ("The Caucus").
•In Youngstown, OH, today -- "a struggling steel town where jobs have been lost and free-trade deals are unpopular" -- McCain will "argue the overall benefits of unfettered trade," according to aides (USA Today).
•McCain's 26-year relationship with AZ real estate developer/fundraising "Innovator" Donald Diamond "illuminates" how McCain "weighs requests from a benefactor against his vows ... not to intercede with government authorities on behalf of a donor" (New York Times).
•Ex-state Senate Pres. Ken Bennett (R) "has again decided against a run" for indicted Rep. Rick Renzi's (R-AZ) seat, "raising new questions about the GOP's ability to retain the seat" (Arizona Republic).
•For more headlines, see today's Earlybird:
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HAIR OF THE DOG
"There are only six more days" left to place an eBay bid on Obama's "leftover waffles, plate, and eating utensils" from his breakfast yesterday at Scranton's Glider Diner (Scranton Times-Tribune).
•Bush couldn't resist "dancing" as a brass band in New Orleans trumpeted "When the Saints go Marching In" last night. "First the toes ... then the shoulder shrugs ... and then the hoola hands" ("Political Radar").
•During a recent trip on board Air Force One, Bush told Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) that the "astronaut mattresses" on the plane have "done wonders for my shoulder" ("Shenanigans").
•"Whatcha gonna do when John McCain and all his McCainiacs run wild on you?" -- McCain, borrowing Hulk Hogan's favorite taunt on "Monday Night Raw" (New York Daily News).
•At HRC's last rally yesterday, Philly Mayor Michael Nutter (D) "converted to his days as Mixmaster Mike, a disco DJ" (Philadelphia Inquirer blog).
•Michael Moore endorsed Obama in a 1,100-word posting on his website yesterday (AP).
•NPR "actually has someone on staff to help radio hosts perfect" their "soft and lulling voice" -- David Candow, who is known as "The Host Whisperer" ("Yeas & Nays").
•Photographer-kicking CO state Rep. Douglas Bruce (R) could be facing "a second censure penalty or worse" after he referred to Mexican migrant workers as "illiterate peasants" (Denver Post).
•On his plane ride from Pittsburgh to Philly yesterday, Obama was "tossing peanuts in his mouth and leafing through a magazine," as comm. dir. Robert Gibbs "contemplated a crossword puzzle" ("The Politicker").
•Mike Huckabee "has quit another race" -- this time, yesterday's Boston Marathon, due to "a knee injury" (New York Daily News).
•For those who have always wanted a shirt that says, "Mom delivers her own baby at 80 mph," CNN.com has come up with the idea of selling T-shirts emblazoned with their "Latest Headlines" ("Daily Intelligencer").
•Ex-NYC Mayor Ed Koch (D) "said that he had purchased a burial plot in Trinity Church Cemetery" so he can stay in NYC forever (New York Times).
•Conan O'Brien, on Bush appearing on "Deal or No Deal": "Afterwards, Bush said, 'I like this show because randomly pointing at boxes is how I make decisions, too'" ("Late Night").
•Laura Bush guest hosts "Today," which includes a visit from Jenna and Barbara (NBC, 9 am).
•Artist Rick Weaver exhibits in Barboursville, VA (Nichols Gallery, through 6/15).
•Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham previews the PA primary (CN8, 11:30 am), while XM Radio's PA coverage airs live from Pat's King of Steaks (POTUS 08, 11 am-4 pm).
•Hotline staff provides up-to-the-minute coverage of the PA primary ("On Call," 7:30 pm).
•The Obamas celebrate election night with John Mellencamp in Evansville, IN (8:30 pm), while HRC celebrates in Philly (8:30 pm).
•Hej Hej, DC's only all-Scandanavian dance night (Cafe St. Ex, 10 pm).
"Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons has no plans to move to Washington, even if presumptive Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain wants him on the ticket" -- Las Vegas Sun blog, just letting us know.