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12:00 AM ET, May 13, 2008

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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Dems to Clinton: Don't Say Anything to Hurt Us  —  Clinton Expects to Win W. Va., but Win Will Have Little Impact on Dem Race  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., pressed her campaign ahead of Tuesday's West Virginia primary as Democratic Party leaders warned her not to do or say anything …
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Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama sporting flag pin as he campaigns in W. Virginia  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama, who labeled discussion of whether he wears a flag pin in his lapel a false issue in a debate with Hillary Clinton, was wearing one Monday as he campaigned in West Virginia ahead of Tuesday's primary vote there.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Pulls Ahead of Clinton, 50% to 43%  —  Both Democrats now lead McCain in fall ballots  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the first time in nearly three weeks, the statistical tie between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in Gallup Poll Daily tracking of national Democratic preferences …
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:   US elections: Hillary Clinton ‘about to drop out’
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Obama on Zionism and Hamas  —  The Hamas leader Ahmed Yousef did Barack Obama no favor recently when he said: “We like Mr. Obama and we hope that he will win the election.”  John McCain jumped on this statement, calling it a “legitimate point of discussion,” and tied it to Obama's putative softness on Iran …
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Marc Ambinder:
Republicans “Sore” At Obama's Metahpor  —  Obama almost had them.  All the way the end of his interview with the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, the probable Democratic nominee-in-waiting chose a metaphor to describe the effect of the perception of the longstanding conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on McCain speech: ‘Breathtaking,’ not in a good way  —  What Obama needs: More arguments on issues with John McCain, fewer interviews with West Virginians.  —  To that end, he responded to McCain's speech on the environment just now, hitting McCain on that long Senate record we're going to learn a lot about this year:
Discussion: Commentary
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Disses Boomers Who Opposed Vietnam War  —  Barack Obama the unity candidate?  Please.  Via Politico, here's Barack Obama stumping in West Virginia today: … Politico says: … In other words, Obama intends to battle the war-hero McCain by throwing us under the bus.  [More...]
Discussion: American Street and Balloon Juice
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama keeps on repudiating boomers  —  But now with a general election twist.  —  Making a token appearance today in veteran-heavy West Virginia, Obama will say this at a rally: … Not only is Obama underlining his generational distance from the boomers, but he's also reaching …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
No Rush for Clinton to Go, but it's Still Advantage Obama  —  Poll Shows 64 Percent of Dems Say Clinton Should Remain in the Race  —  Pushing back against political punditry, more than six in 10 Democrats say there's no rush for Hillary Clinton to leave the presidential race …
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Bush Hits New Low as ‘Wrong Track’ Rises  —  Eighty-Two Percent of Americans Say the Country's Seriously Off on the Wrong Track  —  Public disgruntlement neared a record high and President Bush slipped to his career low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
GOP's New Slogan Already Being Used To Market Anti-Depressant  —  In today's New York Times' Caucus blog, Carl Hulse reports that House Republicans have got themselves a brand-new slogan: … What the GOP doesn't seem to realize, because they are idiots, is that “the change you deserve” …
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Tom Matzzie / The Huffington Post:
How John McCain Can Rescue the Republican Party
Discussion: USA Today, Hullabaloo and Firedoglake
Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
House G.O.P. Adopts Change Theme
Discussion: Bluestem Prairie and Daily Kos
Brad / Sadly, No!:
Oh my  —  Jonah, are you sure you want to ask this? … (Via.)  —  I highly encourage you all to send Jonah your thoughts on this matter, be they constructive or otherwise.  —  For my part, I think pictures speak more than a trillion-kabillion words, so I'll let them speak for me.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   The Bush Legacy  —  About a month ago, I called Ramesh in a panic …
Johanna Neuman / Los Angeles Times:
Bob Barr to run for president as a Libertarian  —  The former GOP congressman from Georgia accuses the government of irresponsible spending.  He says McCain can't call himself a true conservative.  Clinton and Obama campaign in West Virginia.
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David Weigel / Reason Magazine:   Bob Barr's Announcement
Edward N. Luttwak / New York Times:
President Apostate?  —  BARACK OBAMA has emerged as a classic example of charismatic leadership — a figure upon whom others project their own hopes and desires.  The resulting emotional intensity adds greatly to the more conventional strengths of the well-organized Obama campaign …
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Ali Eteraz / The Huffington Post:
Obama Islam Smear Changes Stripes
Discussion: Israpundit and The Daily Dish
CNN:
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES  —  Coverage of the Democratic Presidential Race; Myanmar Government Bans Western Journalists  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice over): End game.  The media referees declare …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Long Answers To Stupid Questions
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Salon and FishBowlDC
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Source: Huckabee Tops McCain's Veep List  —  Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and defeated contender for the GOP presidential nomination, is currently at the top of John McCain's short list for a running mate.  At least that's the word from a top McCain fundraiser …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
D'OH!  —  Ahhh, already some comedy gold coming from that DOD document dump.  —  TPM Reader Kevin H. found this nugget.  —  Back in June 2006 there's this email ...  A short time later a press flack from the Office of the Secretary of Defense writes back ...  Babbin is now the editor of Human Events Online.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Bush May Be as Harmful to McCain as Wright Is to Obama  —  One-third of likely voters say they are less likely to vote for McCain because of Bush  —  PRINCETON, NJ — George W. Bush may do as much damage to John McCain's chances of being elected as Jeremiah Wright does to Barack Obama's …
 
 
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New York Times:
Legal but Controversial, It Helped Get Out the Vote
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Republicans Use Obama as Weapon in House Contest in Mississippi
Discussion: Cotton Mouth
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Burma, Unchanged  —  A reporter in Rangoon, Burma examines the situation:
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Cooper-ation  —  There was a story in the Memphis Daily News …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Sign of the Times? Clinton At Half Price
Des Moines Register:
ICE describes raid as ‘largest in Iowa history’
Douglas E. Schoen / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Values Question Mark
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SURVEILLANCE STATE UPDATE....After 9/11, unsurprisingly …
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Oregon Dem governor appears at McCain environment event
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Police in Gun Searches Face Disbelief in Court
NY Daily News:
Family values? Fossella shuns his gay sister
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
An “October surprise” to help Obama?
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Blast from the past: Video: Bill O'Reilly Gone Wild: Drops F-Bombs on the set.
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Obama's Inability to Hire Good Help Rears Its Head ... Again
Dave Aeikens / St. Cloud Times:
SCSU student leaves training at Technical High School