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9:50 AM ET, May 12, 2008

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Andrew Ward / Financial Times:
Democratic country keeps its distance from Obama  —  Like most people in Mingo County, West Virginia, Leonard Simpson is a lifelong Democrat.  But given a choice between Barack Obama and John McCain in November, the 67-year-old retired coalminer would vote Republican.
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton Team Acknowledges $20 Million Debt  —  A Top Aide Denies Rumors That She Is Seeking VP Slot  —  With her campaign falling ever deeper into debt, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton spent a rainy Mother's Day seeking votes ahead of Tuesday's primary here, turning a deaf ear to calls …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Carl Bernstein / CNN:
Analysis: Could Clinton land the VP nomination?  —  (CNN) — Friends and close associates of both Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are now convinced that, assuming she loses the race for the presidential nomination, she is probably going to fight to be the vice presidential nominee on an Obama-for-president ticket.
Associated Press:
West Virginia savors moment in spotlight  —  MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — When former president Bill Clinton bounded onto the makeshift stage in the volunteer fire department of this coalfields town, the crowd shrieked like they were about to hear an Elvis Presley concert, rather than listen …
PR Newswire:   Poll Predicts 36-Point Clinton Landslide in W. Virginia
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Ron Paul's forces quietly plot GOP convention revolt against McCain  —  Virtually all the nation's political attention in recent weeks has focused on the compelling state-by-state presidential nomination struggle between two Democrats and the potential for party-splitting strife over there.
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Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
McCain's Christian Problem  —  John McCain, who as the Republican candidate for president has spent the past two months trying to consolidate right-wing support, has a problem of disputed dimensions with a vital component of the conservative coalition: evangelicals.
Discussion: TownHall Blog, Hot Air and The Page
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Barr unpersuaded by 'don't run' pleas
Discussion: The Other McCain
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Voter ID Battle Shifts to Proof of Citizenship  —  The battle over voting rights will expand this week as lawmakers in Missouri are expected to support a proposed constitutional amendment to enable election officials to require proof of citizenship from anyone registering to vote.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Show Us Your Papers
Discussion: Eschaton
New York Times:
Drive in Basra by Iraqi Army Makes Gains  —  BASRA, Iraq — Three hundred miles south of Baghdad, the oil-saturated city of Basra has been transformed by its own surge, now seven weeks old.  —  In a rare success, forces loyal to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki have largely quieted the city …
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Jim Yardley / New York Times:
900 Trapped After Quake, China State Media Reports  —  BEIJING — A powerful earthquake struck a mountainous region of western China on Monday, killing at least 107 people and trapping more than 900 students beneath a collapsed high school as tremors shook buildings for hundreds of miles …
Nada Bakri / New York Times:
Fierce Fighting Breaks Out East of Beirut  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — Fierce clashes broke out on Sunday in the mountains east of Beirut between supporters of the Western-backed government and followers of Hezbollah, the militant group backed by Iran.  —  The fighting, in the Shouf and Aley districts …
Discussion: abu muqawama
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Los Angeles Times:
Lebanon's Sunni bloc built militia, officials say
New York Times:
That Pundit on Fox News?  An Upstart Named Rove  —  WASHINGTON — Late Thursday night, Karl Rove, the architect of the last two Republican presidential victories, was on his new television perch at Fox News, offering free advice to Senator Barack Obama as he closed in on the Democratic nomination.
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Face Rescue Backlash  —  Some Voters Oppose Having to Bail Out Homeowners at Risk  —  Democrats may be risking a backlash at the polls in November by pushing hard to use taxpayer money to rescue homeowners who can no longer afford their mortgages in the face of stiff resistance from President Bush and many other Republicans.
Discussion: Hot Air
August J. Pollak / The Huffington Post:
The Hillary Metaphors  —  Analogies for Hillary Clinton's campaign are varied in both scope and awfulness.  —  To see more of August J. Pollak's cartoon “Some Guy With a Website,” check out the archive.
Discussion: American Street
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Emanuel to Kennedy: That's Not Nice  —  On a day when it seemed that everybody was beating up on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton — even “Saturday Night Live” had run a skit making fun of her — one person came to her defense on Sunday: Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, a top Democrat in the House.
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Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
OVER NOT OUT … When the polls closed in Indiana and North Carolina …
William Kristol / New York Times:
The Jewish State at 60  —  This week marks the 60th anniversary …
Discussion: Commentary
Alan Wolfe / Washington Post:
The Race's Real Winner
Phillip Carter / Intel Dump:
Vietnam Ghosts  —  Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez entered the Army …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
This Week: Campaign Surrogate Carly Fiorina Doesn't Believe In Economists
 Earlier Items: 
Haley Edwards / The Seattle Times:
Young, evangelical ... for Obama?
Washington Post:
System of Neglect  —  As Tighter Immigration Policies Strain …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
At least they didn't try to burn him at the stake
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
I WON'T QUIT  —  DEFIANT VITO: I CAN CHEAT AND RUN
Pol Watchers:
Obama's new Kentucky ad focuses on coal