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9:15 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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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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.
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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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
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:
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.
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Bond: White House seems flexible on immunity for telecoms over wiretaps  —  The White House appears willing to compromise on the issue of retroactive immunity for telephone firms that joined the Bush administration's wiretapping program, a senior GOP senator says.
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Republicans Use Obama as Weapon in House Contest in Mississippi  —  SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — Hoping to hang on to a Congressional seat in a tight special election here on Tuesday, Republicans in this mostly white and very conservative district are trying to make the vote more a referendum …
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 …
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: Washington Post and PoliBlog (TM)
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.
 
 
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