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2:40 PM ET, May 12, 2008

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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Ron Paul's forces quietly plot GOP convention revolt against McCain  —  Virtually all the nation's political attention in recent weeks has focused on the compelling state-by-state presidential nomination struggle between two Democrats and the potential for party-splitting strife over there.
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Barr unpersuaded by 'don't run' pleas  —  Former Rep. Bob Barr says a number of Republicans have been trying to persuade him not to run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket, but none has given him a convincing reason.  —  The former Republican congressman from Georgia formed …
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Barr announces Libertarian White House bid  —  WASHINGTON - Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr launched a Libertarian Party presidential bid Monday, saying voters are hungry for an alternative to the status quo who would dramatically cut the federal government.
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
McCain's Christian Problem
USA Today:
Barr officially enters race for Libertarian Party's nomination
Discussion: The Caucus and Political Machine
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Former congressman announces for president
Discussion: QandO
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Barr to announce Libertarian White House bid
Discussion: Firedoglake and MoJoBlog
PR Newswire:
Poll Predicts 36-Point Clinton Landslide in W. Virginia  —  Voters Say Clinton's Persistence Will Not Hurt the Democratic Party  —  Although Barack Obama is the likely Democratic nominee, West Virginia Democratic voters are marching to a different drummer, as Hillary Clinton leads …
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Amanda / Think Progress:
O'Reilly's meltdown: ‘F*ck it!  F*cking thing sucks!’  —  Between 1989 and 1995, Bill O'Reilly hosted the entertainment program “Inside Edition.”  A new behind-the-scenes video from his time there has surfaced, showing O'Reilly flipping out because of a teleprompter malfunction.  “I can't read it!
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Blast from the past: Video: Bill O'Reilly Gone Wild: Drops F-Bombs on the set.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Attackerman and Gawker
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.
Discussion: Donklephant and The Page
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 …
Susan Estrich / Real Clear Politics:
Could Obama Be Another Dukakis?  —  It is a thought that sends shivers down the backs of Democrats, a name that brings to mind memories of an election lost that might have been won, against a war hero once referred to in headlines as a “wimp” who won not so much by his own strengths …
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 …
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
For Obama, Advice Straight Up  —  Valerie Jarrett Is Essential Member of Inner Set  —  In one of the small, rural towns where Barack Obama was campaigning this year, he asked an aide for a slice of pecan pie to go with his usual dinner of salmon, broccoli and brown rice.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
Reading the Ron Paul Revolution  —  Ron Paul's book, The Revolution: A Manifesto benefits from many of the virtues of the author's maverick presidential campaign - but it also shares some of the Paul campaign's shortcomings.  —  Ron Paul's <i>The Revolution: A Manifesto</I> is an important book.
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Obama's Inability to Hire Good Help Rears Its Head ... Again  —  We started covering Sen. Barack Obama's inability to hire good staffers in June 2007, when he blamed staffers for some opposition research trying to link Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, to outsourcing in India …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
NBC's Primary Source for Election '08  —  NEW YORK — In a borrowed office at 30 Rock, Chuck Todd is on his cellphone, telling a Barack Obama strategist that his boss will probably fall just short of winning Indiana that night.  —  “Are you really going to ask for a recount over one delegate?”
 
 
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Ben Craw / Talking Points Memo:
TPMTV SUNDAY SHOW ROUNDUP: THE LONG GOODBYE
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama adviser who met with Hamas resigns
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Pulls Ahead of Clinton, 50% to 43%
Discussion: The Swamp
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
What Is a Realistic Electoral Map For November?
Christopher Bodeen / Associated Press:
Death toll in China earthquake up to nearly 9,000
Dave Aeikens / St. Cloud Times:
SCSU student leaves training at Technical High School
Tony Badran / Michael J. Totten:
Jumblatt's Men Set Back Iran's Militia in Lebanon
Selim Algar / New York Post:
TROUBLE IN LI PARADISE
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
Would McCain Choose a Ron Paul Republican?
Michael Scherer / Time:
McCain's 7 Steps to Beating Obama
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and The Caucus
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The candidates and the calendar  —  Here's a budding storyline …
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Amateur Hour with Barack Obama!
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Wall Street Journal:
McCain Woos Democrats on Environment
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Oil Nonbubble  —  “The Oil Bubble: Set to Burst?”
Ben Smith / The Politico:
How to end a presidential campaign
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Face Rescue Backlash