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10:45 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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Five things to watch in W. Va.  —  LOGAN, W. Va. - Even if Hillary Clinton beats Barack Obama in Tuesday's West Virginia primary by the huge margins predicted by polls, the victory won't go very far towards chipping away at Obama's lead in pledged delegates in their race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah, The Caucus and Stumper
Faye Fiore / Los Angeles Times:
In West Virginia, women for Hillary Clinton haven't (quite) given up the dream  —  They can't get over the irony that the first woman to be a viable candidate for president appears to have lost at the height of her game.  —  BRIDGEPORT, W.VA. — It seems like only a few days ago …
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 …
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
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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Steve Benen / Crooks and Liars:
Republican ‘re-branding’ poised to launch
Discussion: First Draft
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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Hillary Clinton / 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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
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.
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Siege Mentality  —  How impeachment explains the Clinton campaign.  —  RELATED CONTENT  —  Cottle: Inside Hillaryland's fatal psychodrama  —  Chait: Liberating Democrats from the Clintons' siege mentality … The Clintons find themselves victimized and under siege.  The presidency is being stolen from them.
Discussion: Commentary, Washington Post and The Fix
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:   No Rush for Clinton to Go, but it's Still Advantage Obama
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Post-IN/NC, Democrats Still OK With Continuing Campaign  —  Majority of Democrats favor Obama selecting Clinton as running mate  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows that 55% of Democrats say both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama should continue campaigning …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Real Clear Politics
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.
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Cigarette Bill Treats Menthol With Leniency  —  Some public health experts are questioning why menthol, the most widely used cigarette flavoring and the most popular cigarette choice of African-American smokers, is receiving special protection as Congress tries to regulate tobacco for the first time.
Discussion: Gawker and Too Sense
 
 
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