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8:35 AM ET, May 13, 2008

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Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
US elections: Hillary Clinton ‘about to drop out’  —  Senator Hillary Clinton has referred to the next president as “he”, a slip that has fuelled speculation that she is on the verge of dropping out of the race for the White House.  —  As the former First Lady met voters at three events in West Virginia …
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CNN:
Clinton supporter on WV vote: 'Just wait 'til we win like 80-20′  —  LOGAN, West Virginia (CNN) - Political campaigns usually look to lower expectations - but one of Hillary Clinton's supporters took the opposite tack Monday, setting the bar for a West Virginia primary win …
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 …
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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Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
House G.O.P. Adopts Change Theme  —  For House Republicans, this week could be a real political turning point.  But will it be a downturn or an upturn?  —  On Tuesday, Republicans will join the rest of the Capitol Hill political world in following a special House election in Mississippi …
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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.
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Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
The [Annotated] McCain Climate Speech  —  Senator John McCain used a visit to Vestas, a manufacturer of wind turbines in Portland, Ore., as a backdrop for a speech describing his views on human-caused climate change and what to do about it.  I'm immersed in unrelated reporting at the moment …
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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:
Associated Press:
Charges dropped against ‘20th’ hijacker  —  U.S. officials have said Saudi was subjected to harsh treatment  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Pentagon has dropped charges against a Saudi at Guantanamo who was alleged to have been the so-called “20th hijacker” in the Sept. 11 attacks, his U.S. military defense lawyer said Monday.
Kevin Merida / Washington Post:
Racist Incidents Give Some Obama Campaigners Pause  —  Danielle Ross was alone in an empty room at the Obama campaign headquarters in Kokomo, Ind., a cellphone in one hand, a voter call list in the other.  She was stretched out on the carpeted floor wearing laceless sky-blue Converses, stories from the trail on her mind.
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Johnson Switches Sides Again, Endorses Obama  —  Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson, a Democratic convention delegate pledged to support Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, said yesterday that he thinks Sen. Barack Obama has “in a real sense” won the Democratic nomination and that he now plans …
New York Times:
Legal but Controversial, It Helped Get Out the Vote  —  In the threadbare border towns of South Texas, one of the country's poorest regions, enterprising locals like Candelaria Espinoza have long been paid to round up votes for candidates on Election Day.  There is even a name for these electoral soldiers of fortune: politiqueras.
Bill Ardolino / The Long War Journal:
In Pictures: Patrolling the Shorja Market with the Sons of Iraq  —  Click image to view slideshow of a night patrol through Shorja Market.  Photos by Bill Ardolino.  —  Last Friday, soldiers from the 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division conducted …
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
Marine Corps meets 142 percent of recruiting goal  —  The Marine Corps far surpassed its recruiting goal last month and could eventually be more than a year ahead of schedule in its plan to grow the force to 202,000 members.  —  All military services met or exceeded their monthly recruiting goals in April …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and TigerHawk
The Memphis Daily News:
Southland Development Invests in State Place  —  The unsold units in State Place condominium development have a new owner, and soon it will have new amenities and even a new neighbor.  —  Two vacancies in the western divisions of two state appeals courts have drawn a lot of interest from attorneys and judges in West Tennessee.
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