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1:15 AM ET, May 13, 2008

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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Dems to Clinton: Don't Say Anything to Hurt Us  —  Clinton Expects to Win W. Va., but Win Will Have Little Impact on Dem Race  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., pressed her campaign ahead of Tuesday's West Virginia primary as Democratic Party leaders warned her not to do or say anything …
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Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
US elections: Hillary Clinton ‘about to drop out’  —  Senator Hillary Clinton has referred to the next president as “he”, a slip that has fuelled speculation that she is on the verge of dropping out of the race for the White House.  —  As the former First Lady met voters at three events in West Virginia …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Pulls Ahead of Clinton, 50% to 43%  —  Both Democrats now lead McCain in fall ballots  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the first time in nearly three weeks, the statistical tie between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in Gallup Poll Daily tracking of national Democratic preferences …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
No Rush for Clinton to Go, but it's Still Advantage Obama  —  Poll Shows 64 Percent of Dems Say Clinton Should Remain in the Race  —  Pushing back against political punditry, more than six in 10 Democrats say there's no rush for Hillary Clinton to leave the presidential race …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Bush Hits New Low as ‘Wrong Track’ Rises  —  Eighty-Two Percent of Americans Say the Country's Seriously Off on the Wrong Track  —  Public disgruntlement neared a record high and President Bush slipped to his career low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama sporting flag pin as he campaigns in W. Virginia  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama, who labeled discussion of whether he wears a flag pin in his lapel a false issue in a debate with Hillary Clinton, was wearing one Monday as he campaigned in West Virginia ahead of Tuesday's primary vote there.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Obama on Zionism and Hamas  —  The Hamas leader Ahmed Yousef did Barack Obama no favor recently when he said: “We like Mr. Obama and we hope that he will win the election.”  John McCain jumped on this statement, calling it a “legitimate point of discussion,” and tied it to Obama's putative softness on Iran …
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Marc Ambinder:
Republicans “Sore” At Obama's Metahpor  —  Obama almost had them.  All the way the end of his interview with the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, the probable Democratic nominee-in-waiting chose a metaphor to describe the effect of the perception of the longstanding conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on McCain speech: ‘Breathtaking,’ not in a good way  —  What Obama needs: More arguments on issues with John McCain, fewer interviews with West Virginians.  —  To that end, he responded to McCain's speech on the environment just now, hitting McCain on that long Senate record we're going to learn a lot about this year:
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Disses Boomers Who Opposed Vietnam War  —  Barack Obama the unity candidate?  Please.  Via Politico, here's Barack Obama stumping in West Virginia today: … Politico says: … In other words, Obama intends to battle the war-hero McCain by throwing us under the bus.  [More...]
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama keeps on repudiating boomers  —  But now with a general election twist.  —  Making a token appearance today in veteran-heavy West Virginia, Obama will say this at a rally: … Not only is Obama underlining his generational distance from the boomers, but he's also reaching …
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
GOP's New Slogan Already Being Used To Market Anti-Depressant  —  In today's New York Times' Caucus blog, Carl Hulse reports that House Republicans have got themselves a brand-new slogan: … What the GOP doesn't seem to realize, because they are idiots, is that “the change you deserve” …
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Tom Matzzie / The Huffington Post:
How John McCain Can Rescue the Republican Party
Discussion: USA Today, Hullabaloo and Firedoglake
Brad / Sadly, No!:
Oh my  —  Jonah, are you sure you want to ask this? … (Via.)  —  I highly encourage you all to send Jonah your thoughts on this matter, be they constructive or otherwise.  —  For my part, I think pictures speak more than a trillion-kabillion words, so I'll let them speak for me.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   The Bush Legacy  —  About a month ago, I called Ramesh in a panic …
Edward N. Luttwak / New York Times:
President Apostate?  —  BARACK OBAMA has emerged as a classic example of charismatic leadership — a figure upon whom others project their own hopes and desires.  The resulting emotional intensity adds greatly to the more conventional strengths of the well-organized Obama campaign …
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Ali Eteraz / The Huffington Post:
Obama Islam Smear Changes Stripes
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Israpundit
Johanna Neuman / Los Angeles Times:
Bob Barr to run for president as a Libertarian  —  The former GOP congressman from Georgia accuses the government of irresponsible spending.  He says McCain can't call himself a true conservative.  Clinton and Obama campaign in West Virginia.
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James Pethokoukis / US News:
Source: Huckabee Tops McCain's Veep List  —  Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and defeated contender for the GOP presidential nomination, is currently at the top of John McCain's short list for a running mate.  At least that's the word from a top McCain fundraiser …
New York Times:
Legal but Controversial, It Helped Get Out the Vote  —  In the threadbare border towns of South Texas, one of the country's poorest regions, enterprising locals like Candelaria Espinoza have long been paid to round up votes for candidates on Election Day.  There is even a name for these electoral soldiers of fortune: politiqueras.
CNN:
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES  —  Coverage of the Democratic Presidential Race; Myanmar Government Bans Western Journalists  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice over): End game.  The media referees declare …
Discussion: Extreme Mortman
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Long Answers To Stupid Questions
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Salon and FishBowlDC
The Memphis Daily News:
Southland Development Invests in State Place  —  The unsold units in State Place condominium development have a new owner, and soon it will have new amenities and even a new neighbor.  —  Two vacancies in the western divisions of two state appeals courts have drawn a lot of interest from attorneys and judges in West Tennessee.
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