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8:45 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 …
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John Sullivan / New York Times:
Clinton Aide Says Race May Not Go to Convention
Discussion: Salon
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama in the House  —  Sen. Barack Obama in a Capitol elevator.
Discussion: The Caucus
Los Angeles Times:
Clinton's campaign chairman says contest will be decided in June
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Caucus
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Larsen endorses Obama after Hill meeting  —  Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) surprise visit Thursday to the House floor has already paid dividends in the form of a superdelegate endorsement.  —  Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) announced, after meeting with Obama at the Democratic Congressional …
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Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Rep. Rick Larsen endorses Barack Obama for president
Discussion: The Page and Booman Tribune
CNN:
Obama: McCain is ‘losing his bearings’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama chastised John McCain Thursday for engaging in “smear” politics, and defended himself from critics who question whether he is capable of being commander-in-chief, during a wide-ranging interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Salter: Who's the victim now?
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Jed Report
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
A Peek At What We'll See  —  Barack Obama accused John McCain of …
Discussion: The Corner
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 …
Kathy Barks Hoffman / Associated Press:
Clinton campaign opposes giving Obama more Mich. delegates  —  LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign opposes Michigan's plan to give fewer delegates to her and more to rival Barack Obama, a campaign spokesman said Thursday.  —  The Democratic National Committee stripped Michigan …
Discussion: Democracy in America
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Obama plans to declare victory May 20
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 …
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.
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Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
Al-Masri the Egyptian falls  —  Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq was captured today in the northern city of Mosul according to the Iraqi ministry of defense.  Al-Masri's life parallels that of al-Qaeda itself.  Born an Egyptian he followed al-Qaeda's fortunes from the Middle East to Central Asia and back.
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Patrick Quinn / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida in Iraq leader reported arrested
Discussion: Hot Air and The Strata-Sphere
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Once-secret memos question Clinton's honesty  —  A decade before Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton admitted fudging the truth during the presidential campaign, federal prosecutors quietly assembled hundreds of pages of evidence suggesting she concealed information and misled a federal grand jury …
Discussion: MSNBC, Spin Cycle and The Page
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Hillary to Address Major Backers in D.C.  —  Hillary Clinton has begun to ask her influential backers to be in Washington on May 14 for a meeting at her home, according to a major fund-raiser.  Separately, the fund-raiser said, Bill Clinton will be speaking with top donors this afternoon on a conference call.
Discussion: Democracy in America
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Krooney / The Page:
Clinton: “West Virginia is a Test”
Discussion: Liberal Values and AMERICAblog
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
Obama Also Runs Even with Kerry Among White Voters  —  So much for the notion that Barack Obama is uniquely weak among White voters.  New Gallup polling puts that theory to rest as well. … So at a point when Obama was getting hit as hard in the media (both paid and nonpartisan) …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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.
CBS13/CW31:
DNC Superdelegate Puts His Vote Up For Sale  —  Steven Ybarra Wants $20 Million For His Vote  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13) ― In this tight battle for the Democratic nomination we've heard a lot about the candidates courting superdelegates.  —  But, one superdelegate is courting the candidates.
CNN:
Clinton supporter pressures Pelosi over White House battle  —  WASHINGTON — In a heated phone call with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi late last month, Hillary Clinton supporter Harvey Weinstein threatened to cut off campaign money to congressional Democrats unless Pelosi embraced a new plan …
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Burying Trees: Brilliant or Crazy?  —  Normally, if anyone claimed to have a simple, elegant solution to the problem of runaway greenhouse-gas emissions that didn't require a massive restructuring of the world's energy policies, well, I'd narrow my eyes and keep a hand on my wallet.
Discussion: David Frum
Benjamin Svetkey / EW.com:
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 …
David Corn / MotherJones.com:
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Floated Idea Of Voluntarily Capping Donations  —  During a private fundraiser last month, Sen. Barack Obama said he was “considering” voluntarily restricting the amount of money he could raise in a general election from campaign donors.  —  “We need to separate money from political influence.
 
 
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