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6:00 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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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Dems to Clinton: Don't Say Anything to Hurt Us  —  Clinton Expects to Win W. Va., but Win Will Have Little Impact on Dem Race  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., pressed her campaign ahead of Tuesday's West Virginia primary as Democratic Party leaders warned her not to do or say anything …
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 …
Gary Langer / 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  —  Pushing back against political punditry, more than six in 10 Democrats say there's no rush for Hillary Clinton to leave the presidential race …
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama sporting flag pin as he campaigns in W. Virginia  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama, who labeled discussion of whether he wears a flag pin in his lapel a false issue in a debate with Hillary Clinton, was wearing one Monday as he campaigned in West Virginia ahead of Tuesday's primary vote there.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on McCain speech: ‘Breathtaking,’ not in a good way  —  What Obama needs: More arguments on issues with John McCain, fewer interviews with West Virginians.  —  To that end, he responded to McCain's speech on the environment just now, hitting McCain on that long Senate record we're going to learn a lot about this year:
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Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
The [Annotated] McCain Climate Speech  —  Senator John McCain used a visit to Vestas, a manufacturer of wind turbines in Portland, Ore., as a backdrop for a speech describing his views on human-caused climate change and what to do about it.  I'm immersed in unrelated reporting at the moment …
John McCain 2008:   Remarks By John McCain on Climate Change Policy
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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Jeffrey Goldberg:
Obama on Zionism and Hamas
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Disses Boomers Who Opposed Vietnam War  —  Barack Obama the unity candidate?  Please.  Via Politico, here's Barack Obama stumping in West Virginia today: … Politico says: … In other words, Obama intends to battle the war-hero McCain by throwing us under the bus.  [More...]
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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
Discussion: Macsmind, Daily Kos, Balloon Juice and MyDD
Brad / Sadly, No!:
Oh my  —  Jonah, are you sure you want to ask this? … (Via.)  —  I highly encourage you all to send Jonah your thoughts on this matter, be they constructive or otherwise.  —  For my part, I think pictures speak more than a trillion-kabillion words, so I'll let them speak for me.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   The Bush Legacy  —  About a month ago, I called Ramesh in a panic …
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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New York Times:
Legal but Controversial, It Helped Get Out the Vote  —  In the threadbare border towns of South Texas, one of the country's poorest regions, enterprising locals like Candelaria Espinoza have long been paid to round up votes for candidates on Election Day.  There is even a name for these electoral soldiers of fortune: politiqueras.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
D'OH!  —  Ahhh, already some comedy gold coming from that DOD document dump.  —  TPM Reader Kevin H. found this nugget.  —  Back in June 2006 there's this email ...  A short time later a press flack from the Office of the Secretary of Defense writes back ...  Babbin is now the editor of Human Events Online.
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.
CNN:
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES  —  Coverage of the Democratic Presidential Race; Myanmar Government Bans Western Journalists  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice over): End game.  The media referees declare …
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Johnson Switches Sides Again, Endorses Obama
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Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Group pushing Clinton as VP choice tied to her campaign
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Bill Ardolino / The Long War Journal:
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Reuters:
Sendler, savior of Warsaw Ghetto children, dies
Discussion: Corrente and Hog On Ice
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Republicans Use Obama as Weapon in House Contest in Mississippi
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 Earlier Items: 
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GOP pressures Barr not to run
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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
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Des Moines Register:
ICE describes raid as ‘largest in Iowa history’
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SURVEILLANCE STATE UPDATE....After 9/11, unsurprisingly …
Ali Eteraz / The Huffington Post:
Obama Islam Smear Changes Stripes
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Source: Huckabee Tops McCain's Veep List
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Pulls Ahead of Clinton, 50% to 43%
 

 
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