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10:10 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 …
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 …
Faye Fiore / Los Angeles Times:
In West Virginia, women for Hillary Clinton haven't (quite) given up the dream
Discussion: The Politico
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Five things to watch in W. Va.
Discussion: The Caucus and Stumper
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.
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 …
Steve Benen / Crooks and Liars:
Republican ‘re-branding’ poised to launch
Discussion: First Draft
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.
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) and Jules Crittenden
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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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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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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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:   No Rush for Clinton to Go, but it's Still Advantage Obama
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
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
Marine Corps meets 142 percent of recruiting goal  —  The Marine Corps far surpassed its recruiting goal last month and could eventually be more than a year ahead of schedule in its plan to grow the force to 202,000 members.  —  All military services met or exceeded their monthly recruiting goals in April …
Discussion: TigerHawk and NewsBusters.org
June Kronholz / Wall Street Journal:
Carrying Fight Into Convention Can Bruise Party in November  —  It was 1976.  Gerald Ford, the sitting president, had won 16 of 27 Republican primaries and led in the party's delegate count.  But Ronald Reagan carried the nomination battle into the convention anyway.  —  Why won't some candidates concede?
New York Times:
The Myth of Voter Fraud  —  Missouri and at least 19 other states are considering passing laws that would force people to prove their citizenship before they can vote.  These bills are not a sincere effort to prevent noncitizens from voting; that is a made-up problem.  The real aim is to reduce turnout by eligible voters.
 
 
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