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12:45 PM ET, May 12, 2008

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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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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Barr unpersuaded by 'don't run' pleas  —  Former Rep. Bob Barr says a number of Republicans have been trying to persuade him not to run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket, but none has given him a convincing reason.  —  The former Republican congressman from Georgia formed …
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
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Barr to announce Libertarian White House bid
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
It's Barr Day!  —  Raining cats and dogs in DC …
Ryan Alessi / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Clinton creaming Obama in Ky.  —  U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton enters the final week before Kentucky's May 20 Democratic presidential primary with a commanding 27 percentage point lead over U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, a new poll shows.  —  She leads the Illinois senator 58 percent to 31 percent …
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PR Newswire:
Poll Predicts 36-Point Clinton Landslide in W. Virginia  —  Voters Say Clinton's Persistence Will Not Hurt the Democratic Party  —  Although Barack Obama is the likely Democratic nominee, West Virginia Democratic voters are marching to a different drummer, as Hillary Clinton leads …
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 …
Associated Press:
West Virginia savors moment in spotlight
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 …
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
For Obama, Advice Straight Up  —  Valerie Jarrett Is Essential Member of Inner Set  —  In one of the small, rural towns where Barack Obama was campaigning this year, he asked an aide for a slice of pecan pie to go with his usual dinner of salmon, broccoli and brown rice.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
How to end a presidential campaign  —  There are 50 ways to leave your lover, 13 ways of looking at a blackbird, and at least six ways to drop out of a presidential race.  With Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign running on empty with little hope of victory, the New York senator's allies …
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.
Amanda / Think Progress:
O'Reilly's meltdown: ‘F*ck it!  F*cking thing sucks!’  —  Between 1989 and 1995, Bill O'Reilly hosted the entertainment program “Inside Edition.”  A new behind-the-scenes video from his time there has surfaced, showing O'Reilly flipping out because of a teleprompter malfunction.  “I can't read it!
Discussion: Majikthise
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 …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
NBC's Primary Source for Election '08  —  NEW YORK — In a borrowed office at 30 Rock, Chuck Todd is on his cellphone, telling a Barack Obama strategist that his boss will probably fall just short of winning Indiana that night.  —  “Are you really going to ask for a recount over one delegate?”
 
 
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Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Amateur Hour with Barack Obama!
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David Adam / Guardian:
World CO2 levels reach record high
Discussion: Think Progress
Susan Estrich / Real Clear Politics:
Could Obama Be Another Dukakis?
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Touts Green Policies At Wind Energy Firm …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
Reading the Ron Paul Revolution
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McCain Woos Democrats on Environment
John McCain / CNN:
Obama open to joining McCain on trail
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Koch's audition  —  Former New York Mayor Ed Koch …
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New York Times:
Saying No to Everything
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Oil Nonbubble  —  “The Oil Bubble: Set to Burst?”
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Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
OVER NOT OUT … When the polls closed in Indiana and North Carolina …
August J. Pollak / The Huffington Post:
The Hillary Metaphors  —  Analogies for Hillary Clinton's campaign …
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That Pundit on Fox News? An Upstart Named Rove
 

 
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