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9:50 AM ET, May 13, 2008

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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 …
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CNN:
Clinton supporter on WV vote: 'Just wait 'til we win like 80-20′  —  LOGAN, West Virginia (CNN) - Political campaigns usually look to lower expectations - but one of Hillary Clinton's supporters took the opposite tack Monday, setting the bar for a West Virginia primary win …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Five things to watch in W. Va.
Discussion: The Caucus, Washington Post and Stumper
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Johnson Switches Sides Again, Endorses Obama  —  Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson, a Democratic convention delegate pledged to support Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, said yesterday that he thinks Sen. Barack Obama has “in a real sense” won the Democratic nomination and that he now plans …
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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Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
House G.O.P. Adopts Change Theme  —  For House Republicans, this week could be a real political turning point.  But will it be a downturn or an upturn?  —  On Tuesday, Republicans will join the rest of the Capitol Hill political world in following a special House election in Mississippi …
Kevin Merida / Washington Post:
Racist Incidents Give Some Obama Campaigners Pause  —  Danielle Ross was alone in an empty room at the Obama campaign headquarters in Kokomo, Ind., a cellphone in one hand, a voter call list in the other.  She was stretched out on the carpeted floor wearing laceless sky-blue Converses, stories from the trail on her mind.
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.
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Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
The [Annotated] McCain Climate Speech  —  Senator John McCain used a visit to Vestas, a manufacturer of wind turbines in Portland, Ore., as a backdrop for a speech describing his views on human-caused climate change and what to do about it.  I'm immersed in unrelated reporting at the moment …
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Associated Press:
Charges dropped against ‘20th’ hijacker  —  U.S. officials have said Saudi was subjected to harsh treatment  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Pentagon has dropped charges against a Saudi at Guantanamo who was alleged to have been the so-called “20th hijacker” in the Sept. 11 attacks, his U.S. military defense lawyer said Monday.
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  —  In general election matchups, Obama leads McCain by 51-44 percent, similar to the last two ABC News/Washington Post polls.
Discussion: MyDD and Talking Points Memo
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Spoiler, by Way of the Dairy Case  —  In his career in public service, Bob Barr has performed many important roles.  —  As a Republican candidate for the House in 1994, he rose to national attention when reports alleged that he had licked whipped cream off the breasts of two women at a charity event.
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Sens. laugh off, ponder, downplay veep chances  —  More than 20 senators say they would seriously consider an offer to be No. 2 on their party's presidential ticket, while others claim to have little to no interest, according to a survey conducted by The Hill.
Discussion: The Swamp
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:
Faye Fiore / Los Angeles Times:
Handwriting of Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama may speak volumes  —  Experts see telltale markings of personality in penmanship samples from the presidential candidates.  —  WASHINGTON — Now that the presidential contest is looking ever more like a two-man race …
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Bond: White House seems flexible on immunity for telecoms over wiretaps  —  The White House appears willing to compromise on the issue of retroactive immunity for telephone firms that joined the Bush administration's wiretapping program, a senior GOP senator says.
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Republicans Use Obama as Weapon in House Contest in Mississippi  —  SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — Hoping to hang on to a Congressional seat in a tight special election here on Tuesday, Republicans in this mostly white and very conservative district are trying to make the vote more a referendum …
Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
State Department's Jihadist Exchange Program  —  In yet another startling case of incompetence, the State Department is sponsoring international delegations for an Islamic group being investigated for terrorist support.  —  State Department diplomats are taking full advantage …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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Brad / Sadly, No!:
Oh my  —  Jonah, are you sure you want to ask this? … (Via.)