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6:55 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.”
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 …
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 …
CNN:
West Virginia vote could raise doubts about Obama  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Almost as many of Hillary Clinton's West Virginia supporters would vote for John McCain as would for Barack Obama, exit polls show.  —  If Obama were the Democratic nominee, 36 percent of Clinton supporters would vote for him in the fall, the polls found.
New York Times:
West Virginia Votes in Primary  —  Heavy early voting could result in a larger than normal turnout in the West Virginia Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, although state elections officials said poll workers reported an average turnout at most voting spots by the afternoon.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
‘WHY WEST VIRGINIA MATTERS’  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  Hours before the West Virginia polls close, the Clinton campaign just released a memo that tries to raise the stakes of today's contest, which Clinton is expected to win by a considerable margin.  “Given the attempts by our opponent …
Associated Press:
Early WV exit poll highlights  —  By The Associated Press - 1 hour ago  —  Highlights from preliminary results of exit polls in the West Virginia Democratic primary on Tuesday.  The polls were conducted for The Associated Press and television networks:  —  ___  —  THE BILL CLINTON FACTOR
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Clinton Adviser: She's Fighting to Last Primary
Discussion: A Blog For All
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 …
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: Redstate and Hot Air
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Doug Forrester / race42008.com:
Barack Obama's Pitch in Kentucky
Discussion: Redstate
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.
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
The Evolution of Bob Barr  —  The former congressman is criticizing McCain on spending: “Sen. McCain has indicated that he does not favor earmarks, but he really has not taken any significant stance opposed to government spending generally and has not indicated that he would move in the direction …
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Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:   Rep. Bob Barr and Entitlements
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.
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
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 …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Obama As A Reflection Of The Current Incarnation Of The Progressive Movement  —  This article synthesizes several extant arguments that have appeared on Open Left into a new hypothesis.  Despite the consternation that I, and others, have shown over Obama altering the progressive movement …
New York Times:
Missile Is Fired at Copter Over Baghdad, U.S. Says  —  BAGHDAD — A surface-to-air missile was fired on Saturday at an American Apache helicopter flying over the Sadr City section of Baghdad, American military officials said on Monday.  The attack, which had not been disclosed previously …
 
 
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Ben Smith / Yahoo! News:
Obama: Don't fund independent groups
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Nitya / Political Radar:
Clinton, Obama Cordial on Senate Floor
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Gary Langer / The Numbers:
Obama and Working-Class Whites
Discussion: Pollster.com
Kelly Zito / San Francisco Chronicle:
East Bay water users may have to slash usage
Discussion: MoJoBlog and The RBC
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama Advisor: Put Jerusalem on Negotiating Table
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
Marvin Kitman / The Huffington Post:
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Dann holds on  —  After a day of trying to negotiate his resignation …
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Clinton's top union supporter on fence?
Discussion: The Page
Marc Ambinder:
MS-01 Watch  —  The most important election taking place today is not in West Virginia.
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Senate rebukes Bush on energy policy
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Majority of Dems want Clinton to be V.P.
Anne Applebaum / Slate:
THE CASE FOR INTERVENTION IN BURMA.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
On West VA, Kentucky and a Joint Ticket
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Spoiler, by Way of the Dairy Case
Faye Fiore / Los Angeles Times:
Handwriting of Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama may speak volumes
Discussion: Washington Post