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4:50 PM ET, May 13, 2008

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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.
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Christian Boone / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cobb bar protested as racist for Obama T-shirts  —  Mulligan's selling shirts with ‘Curious George’ picture  —  Marietta tavern owner Mike Norman says the T-shirts he's peddling, featuring cartoon chimp Curious George peeling a banana, with “Obama in '08” scrolled underneath, are “cute.”
CNN:
W. Virginia could raise doubts about Obama  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton's expected victory in West Virginia Tuesday won't cut much into Sen. Barack Obama's delegate lead, but it may cast doubt on Obama's support among certain Democratic voters, a CNN political analyst said.
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New York Times:
High Turnout Seen in West Virginia  —  Party officials predicted high turnout for West Virginia's Democratic primary on Tuesday despite the widespread belief that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton would score an easy victory.  —  Tom Vogel, the executive director of the West Virginia Democratic Party …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Democrats say let the contest continue  —  On the eve of the West Virginia primary, most Democrats nationally say Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton should continue the campaign, but more now say that it's time for Clinton to quit.  —  In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, 55% of Democrats …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Majority of Dems want Clinton to be V.P.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Carville: Obama likely to win nomination  —  (CNN) — James Carville has been one of Hillary Clinton's most energetic defenders, but on Monday he all but declared Barack Obama will become the Democratic nominee for president.  —  Speaking to students at Furman University in Greenville …
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John O'Connor / The State:
Of yellow dogs and Democrats  —  THE WORLD ACCORDING TO CARVILLE  —  GREENVILLE — U.S. Sen. Barack Obama has likely locked up the Democratic presidential nomination, but political consultant and Clinton family adviser James Carville told about 500 people at Furman University that U.S …
The Campaign Spot:
Reach Out and Touch Faith  —  Andrew Sullivan is bothered by this illustration accompanying an endorsement of Barack Obama in an Oregon weekly paper.  —  But that's not really all that unusual, if you've been checking the alternatively hilarious and disturbing blog, “Is Barack Obama The Messiah?”.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Doug Forrester / race42008.com:
Barack Obama's Pitch in Kentucky
Discussion: Redstate
Washington Wire:
McCain Backer John Hagee Apologizes to Catholics  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports on the presidential race.  —  John Hagee, the controversial evangelical pastor who endorsed John McCain, will issue a letter of apology to Catholics today for inflammatory remarks he has made …
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Minister Backing McCain Apologizes to Catholics
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Senate rebukes Bush on energy policy  —  The Senate issued a strong, bipartisan rebuke to President Bush on energy policy Tuesday, voting 97-1 for a measure to suspend oil shipments to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  —  “We are buying the most expensive crude oil in the history of the world and storing it …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Democratic Daily
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Richard Simon / Los Angeles Times:
Senate votes to halt strategic oil stockpiling
Discussion: EconoPundit
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Neural Buddhists  —  In 1996, Tom Wolfe wrote a brilliant essay called “Sorry, but Your Soul Just Died,” in which he captured the militant materialism of some modern scientists.  —  To these self-confident researchers, the idea that the spirit might exist apart from the body is just ridiculous.
The Hill:
Senators say whether they'd agree to be vice president  —  The Hill asked all 97 senators who are not running for president the same question: “If you were asked, would you accept an offer to be the VP nominee?”  —  Some senators laughed, but others took the question seriously.
Marc Ambinder:
MS-01 Watch  —  The most important election taking place today is not in West Virginia.  It's in Mississippi, for the first congressional district, a seat held since the Republican revolution of 1994 by Republican Roger Wicker.  Wicker's retiring, and there's a good possibility …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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Rich Lowry / Real Clear Politics:
The Obama Rules  —  If Barack Obama gets his way, the Oxford English Dictionary will have updated its definition of “distraction” by the end of the campaign: “Diversion of the mind, attention, etc., from any object or course that tends to advance the political interests of Barack Obama.”
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Nitpicker
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 …
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.
Steve Law / The Portland Tribune:
Poll: Obama trouncing Clinton in Oregon  —  Illinois senator leading former first lady 55-35  —  A bit more than a week away from Oregon's May 20 primary, Barack Obama has amassed a nearly insurmountable lead in the Democratic presidential race, according to statewide polling conducted by Portland's Davis …
Discussion: The Swamp and Boston Globe
OPENERS:
Dann holds on  —  After a day of trying to negotiate his resignation, Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann said he not quitting today.  —  “At this point, that's not what I'm going to do,” Dann told a Plain Dealer reporter.  —  He declined to elaborate.  —  Sources said Dann, a Democrat …
Discussion: Law Blog and michellemalkin.com
 
 
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