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12:45 PM ET, May 8, 2008


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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.
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Ed Koch: Obama Is A Sure Loser, Clinton Should Fight On  —  As Democrats coalesce around Sen. Barack Obama, one of Hillary Clinton's must outspoken supporters is not mincing words: the party is walking needlessly and unaware into a general election buzzsaw.  —  “I believe Obama probably will win …
The Hill:
Backs turn on Clinton
Discussion: The Page
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Hillary's “White Americans”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Hillary won't adopt the Huckabee option
Discussion: The New Republic
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Clinton's Death Star strategy
Discussion: Slate and Prairie Weather
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's got a confident new strategy
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: Spin Cycle
dnA / Jack and Jill Politics:
Clinton's Race-Baiting Continues
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Pressure builds on Clinton to drop out
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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 …
Kathy Barks Hoffman / Detroit Free Press:
Mich. Dems settle on how to split delegates  —  LANSING — Michigan Democratic leaders settled today on a plan to give presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton 69 delegates and Barack Obama 59 as a way to get the delegates seated at the national convention
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Sister Toldjah and The Caucus
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.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Boehner's GOP fix: A new committee  —  Faced with dire predictions of an electoral bloodbath in November, House Republican leader John A. Boehner responded Wednesday by creating a committee to advise the National Republican Congressional Committee.  —  Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) …
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 …
George's Bottom Line on Clinton for Veep  —  Clinton Might Be Negotiating Spot on '08 Ticket, George Says  —  Is Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., staying in the race to get the vice presidential slot?  —  George thinks so.  —  Clinton vowed to fight on today, despite a growing chorus …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Veto and Drill!  —  Nancy Pelosi chanted “Veto and Drill”, “Veto and Drill” in caricaturing the threatened presidential veto of windfall oil company taxes and desire to drill in ANWR and elsewhere.  But all that might sound, in fact, good to most Americans.
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 …
Don Campbell / USA Today:
Wright story: What took so long?  —  The controversial reverend's 20-year relationship with Obama was left to simmer for a year.  In our 24/7 media age, how could this have happened?  —  Barring some really strange math or a lot of second thoughts, the Democrats seem poised to nominate …
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
In tight Senate votes, McCain not a maverick  —  When it matters the most, he seldom bucks his own party  —  Over the years, Sen. John McCain has publicly condemned Republican Party leaders and occasionally voted against the GOP on selected issues.  —  But an Arizona Republic analysis …
Mark Mooney / Political Punch:
Edwards' Campaign Manager to Endorse Obama  —  ABC News has learned that David Bonior, the campaign manager for the 2008 presidential race of Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, will endorse Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, today.  —  Bonior, a former Michigan congressman, was once the second highest ranking Democrat …
Discussion: Political Radar and The Page
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Discussion: Reason Magazine
Alan Beattie / Financial Times:
EU trade chief hits at Democrat hopefuls
Discussion: Hot Air and Redstate
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Evolution: what's the real controversy?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Pharyngula
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 Earlier Items: 
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43,000 deployed unfit for combat
Discussion: Think Progress
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Backs Off From Secret Order for Data After Lawsuit
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Ross Douthat:
The Party of Sam's Club
Washington Post:
Mr. Obama Moves On  —  The next task: strategy and substance for the general election
Bryan Caplan / New York Times:
The 18-Cent Solution  —  BOTH Hillary Clinton and John McCain …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
What's Wrong with Republicans?
Discussion: Redstate
Oliver Willis:
Barack Obama's Big Mistake: He's Getting Too Many Votes