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3:35 PM ET, May 11, 2008

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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
As Losses Mount, GOP Begins Looking in the Mirror  —  Since losing 30 seats and their 12-year stranglehold on power in 2006, House Republicans have kept asking themselves the same question: Can it get any worse?  —  On Tuesday, they may get another answer they won't like.
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Gloomy Republicans  —  For good reason?  —  First, the good news.  Conservatives won a sweeping victory in an enormously important election the week before last.  Unfortunately, it happened in England, where Boris Johnson won the race for mayor of London and Conservatives trounced Labour all across the country.
Newt Gingrich / Newsweek:
Dear Senator Obama ...
Discussion: Donklephant
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Is She a Trojan Rabbit?  —  Now Barack Obama faces a true dilemma: how best to punish Hillary Clinton.  —  After 15 months of fighting her off, as she veered wildly from bully to victim, as she brandished any ice pick at hand, whether racial, sexual, mathematical or marital …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Limbaugh: ‘My impact will increase’  —  Conservatives are despondent, liberals are as enthused about a presidential candidate as they've been in 40 years, and the candidate he has long loathed won the Republican nomination.  —  But never mind the pervasive sense of GOP malaise …
Newsweek:
Sit Back, Relax, Get Ready to Rumble  —  He's taken everything in stride, it seems.  How Obama and his team will battle the GOP onslaught.  —  How do you know if Barack Obama is unhappy with what you're saying— or not saying?  At meetings of his closest advisers, he likes to lean back, put his feet on the table and close his eyes.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Donklephant
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Hillary's next career move  —  Given her driving ambition, I can't see Hillary Rodham going back to the US senate and mingling with the likes of schmeckel Schumer and corpulent Kennedy.  I contend that only a national stage will suffice.  —  So: what's next for Hillary?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Faiz / Think Progress:
Blunt: McCain ‘Would Be’ A Third Bush Term On Economy, 'And I Think That's A Good Thing'  —  On CNN's Late Edition today, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) claimed that the argument that John McCain would, in effect, be a third Bush term “isn't going to stick”:
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Maddy Sauer / ABCNEWS:
Halliburton Rape Claim Goes to Court  —  Judge Orders That Woman's Case Should Go to Trial, Not Arbitration  —  A Houston woman who says she was gang raped by co-workers at a Halliburton/KBR camp in Baghdad won a major court battle late Friday when a Texas judge ordered that she can bring …
Tom Foreman / CNN:
Religious right leaning toward Democrats?  —  “Raw Politics” on “Anderson Cooper 360” delivers the latest political news with a wry sense of a humor and without spin.  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — For decades, evangelicals have been seen as solid supporters of the Republican Party.  That could be changing.
New York Times:
Already, Obama and McCain Map Fall Strategies  —  Senators John McCain and Barack Obama are already drawing up strategies for taking each other on in the general election, focusing on the same groups — including independent voters and Latinos — and about a dozen states where they think the contest …
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Sadrists and Iraqi Government Reach Truce Deal  —  BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government and leaders of the movement of the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr agreed Saturday to a truce, brokered with help from Iran, that would end more than a month of bloody fighting in the vast, crowded Sadr City section of Baghdad.
Charleston Daily Mail:
Secretary of State says mass mailing has caused confusion  —  The Secretary of State's office is reminding first-time voters that the deadline to register to vote in Tuesday's primary already has passed.  —  Betty Ireland said she's worried that a mass mailing aimed at getting young women …
 
 
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