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4:10 PM ET, May 8, 2008


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The Hill:
Backs turn on Clinton  —  The tide turned against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as even some of her supporters said she should consider ending her White House bid.  —  Some uncommitted Democratic superdelegates refused to meet with the beleaguered candidate …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: DOES HILLARY PLAY NICE?  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Does Hillary play nice?  The big question if Clinton stays in the race is this: Just how will she campaign?  Yesterday, there were no negative TV ads or attack mailers.
Discussion: Spin Cycle, TalkLeft and The Jed Report
USA Today:
Clinton makes case for wide appeal  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Wednesday to continue her quest for the Democratic nomination, arguing she would be the stronger nominee because she appeals to a wider coalition of voters — including whites who have not supported Barack Obama in recent contests.
Matthew Yglesias:
Defending HRC  —  I think the waves of outrage washing throughout the Obamasphere over this remark from Hillary Clinton reflect an echo chamber mentality more than anyone else.  Here's what Clinton's quoted as saying: … As quoted, that's a dumb thing to say which seems to imply …
Discussion: The New Republic
Washington Post:
Did Rush Limbaugh Tilt Result In Indiana?  —  Even as Barack Obama's campaign celebrated Tuesday's primary results, aides charged yesterday that they would have had an even stronger showing were it not for meddling by an unlikely booster of Hillary Rodham Clinton: the popular conservative radio host …
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Hillary's “White Americans”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Too Sense
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Hillary won't adopt the Huckabee option
Discussion: The New Republic
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's got a confident new strategy
Discussion: New York Times and NY Daily News
Karen Tumulty / Time:
The Five Mistakes Clinton Made  —  For all her talk about “full speed on to the White House,” there was an unmistakably elegiac tone to Hillary Clinton's primary-night speech in Indianapolis.  And if one needed further confirmation that the undaunted, never-say-die Clintons realize their bid might …
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Obama plans to declare victory May 20  —  Not long after the polls close in the May 20 Kentucky and Oregon primaries, Barack Obama plans to declare victory in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  And, until at least May 31 and perhaps longer, Hillary Clinton's campaign plans to dispute it.
The Hill:
Obama talks to superdelegates on House floor  —  The fight for Democratic superdelegates moved to the House floor on Thursday as Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) spoke to dozens of Democrats in the House chamber.  —  Obama, increasingly looking like the Democratic presidential nominee …
Clinton supporter pressures Pelosi over White House battle
Discussion: Gawker
Ed Henry / CNN:
Sources: Clinton supporter pressures Pelosi
Discussion: The Reaction
David Corn /
McCain's Pastor Problem: The Video  —  WASHINGTON DISPATCH: In a taped sermon, the preacher McCain calls a “spiritual guide” calls on America to see the “false religion” of Islam “destroyed.”  Still, the candidate won't reject Rod Parsley's endorsement.  —  During a 2005 sermon …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
It's Obama, Warts and All  —  Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama each took a state Tuesday.  But the result was a damaging loss for the woman who was once the overwhelming front-runner for the Democratic nomination.  Here are some observations on the race:  — Mr. Obama is now the prohibitive favorite.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TERMS, I  —  Does Hillary Clinton really want the vice presidential nomination?  Let's set aside whether she's owed it or deserves it or whether her place on the ticket might provide the Democrats with a crucial edge in November.  Does she really want it?  —  Let me start by saying this is speculation.
Staten Island Advance:
Staten Island's Fossella admits he's the father of 'old friend's' child  —  Rep. Vito Fossella (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) has acknowledged that he is the father of a 3-year-old daughter with divorcee Laura Fay, the retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who picked him up from an Alexandria, Va., jail last week after he was busted for DWI.
Benjamin Svetkey /
First Look: ‘W,’ Oliver Stone's Bush Biopic  —  Entertainment Weekly goes inside the director's dark, comic, and already controversial movie about George W. Bush's rise to power, starring Josh Brolin  —  “Where is George Bush's bedroom?”  —  Oliver Stone is flinging open French doors inside …
The Politico:
‘Deafening’ silence on analyst story  —  Even with countless media outlets available these days, a Sunday New York Times cover story could always be counted on to send a jolt through the television news cycle.  —  But apparently that's no longer the case.  Indeed, reporter David Barstow's …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Clinton's Death Star strategy  —  Rats don't swim toward sinking ships, and pols don't back no losers, and this is why Hillary Clinton is in such trouble.  —  In a relatively short amount of time, Clinton has gone from being the inevitable winner to being the underdog to being a dead woman walking.
White House:
Press Gaggle by Gordon Johndroe  —  MR. JOHNDROE: Good morning.  We're on our way to Texas, as you know.  The President had his normal briefings and recorded his weekly radio address this morning.  I'll come back to that.  —  First I wanted to make some brief comments about reports out of Zimbabwe of increasing violence.
Discussion: Think Progress
Brandon Friedman / VetVoice:
The Anbar Problem No One is Talking About  —  For months now, supporters of the war in Iraq have trumpeted America's apparent success in Iraq's Anbar Province as a model for counterinsurgency operations.  With major fighting in Fallujah, Ramadi, and Qaim in the past, what had once …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CAP'N TRADE.  —  This is often confusing to people …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MOVING ON....Hillary Clinton insists, unsurprisingly …
Discussion: Commentary
Matthew Yglesias:
The Reminder  —  John McCain wants Hispanic America to remember …
Krooney / The Page:
Clinton: “West Virginia is a Test”
Robin Shulman / Washington Post:
WVU President Clings to Job After Faculty Vote
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Bush Approval Rating Down to 60% Among Republicans
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Mark Blumenthal / National Journal Online:
The Poblano Model  —  Over the last week, an anonymous blogger …
Mississippi Drug War Blues
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Agitator
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Yankee Fan Go Home
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama's Support Similar to Kerry's in 2004
Discussion: MyDD and TalkLeft
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Veto and Drill!  —  Nancy Pelosi chanted “Veto and Drill” …