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Clinton to suspend campaign Friday; Endorse Obama

NEW YORK - CNN and the NYT report that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is moving to suspend her campaign and endorse Senator Barack Obama on Friday after Democratic members of Congress urged her Wednesday to leave the race and allow the party to coalesce around Mr. Obama, according to a senior adviser to Mrs. Clinton.

Stay tuned to for the Brian Williams interview with Senator Barack Obama on NBC Nightly News. Tonight's interview  will be among Obama's first television interviews since becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

Mrs. Clinton is likely to make the announcement in New York City, an aide said, though no final venue has been chosen.

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Her decision came after a day of telephone conversations with supporters on Capitol Hill about what she should do now that Mr. Obama had claimed enough delegates to be able to clinch the nomination. Mrs. Clinton had initially said she wanted to wait before making any decision, but her aides said that in conversations, some of her closest supporters said it was urgent that she step aside.

"We pledged to support her to the end," said Representative Charles W. Rangel, a New York Democrat who has been a patron of Mrs. Clinton since she first ran for the Senate. "Our problem is not being able to determine when the hell the end is."

At the same time, some of Mrs. Clinton's most prominent supporters - including Democrats who had held back their endorsements until the primaries were over - announced they were now backing Mr. Obama.

"I was for Hillary - I wasn't against Obama, who I think is very talented," said Walter F. Mondale, the former vice president. "I'm glad we made a decision and I hope we can unite our party and move forward."