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6:45 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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Obama visits House of Representatives
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Obama talks to superdelegates on House floor
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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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 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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James Poulos:
Vito's Problems and Ours
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Krooney / The Page:
Clinton: “West Virginia is a Test”  —  The New York Senator hangs on to the results of next week's contest, suggests the race in the state will speak to either candidate's electability. … New York Observer: Clinton has begun to ask her influential backers to be in Washington on May 14 for a meeting at her home.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Hillary to Address Major Backers in D.C.
Discussion: Democracy in America
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Jerusalem Post:
Ahmadinejad: Israel a ‘stinking corpse’  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that the state of Israel is a “stinking corpse” that is destined to disappear, the French news agency AFP reported.  —  “Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
The New Republic:
Alan Wolfe on the Unity Ticket  —  The idea of a Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton “unity ticket” has been floated quite a bit the last few days.  But, seriously, is the idea any good?  We asked a few friends of the magazine to weigh in.  Here's Alan Wolfe, a TNR contributing editor and professor of political science at Boston College.
CBS News:
Political Office In Alec Baldwin's Future?  —  Now That He's 50, Actor Tells 60 Minutes Political Office Is Looking More Appealing  —  (CBS) Now that actor Alec Baldwin is 50 years old, he might run for political office.  Baldwin talks to 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer …
Discussion: Gawker
 
 
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