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2:30 PM ET, May 13, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
CNN:
A Clinton win in W. Virgina could raise doubts  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton's expected victory in West Virginia Tuesday is unlikely to derail Sen. Barack Obama's path to the Democratic nomination, but it could renew questions about his ability to draw the support of white, blue-collar voters.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Five things to watch in W. Va.
Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
Hillary Clinton confronts defeat with a message of unity
Washington Post:
For Obama, the General Election Is Calling
Discussion: The Politico
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
DUMB OR MENDACIOUS?  OR BOTH?....Democrats are taking unsurprising glee in rubbing GOP noses in the fact that the new campaign slogan chosen by House Republicans — “Change You Deserve” — turns out to also be the trademarked slogan of the antidepressant Effexor.  What a gift for late-night comics.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
McCain in the Mud  —  In 2000, I boarded John McCain's campaign bus …
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 …
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Nikita R Stewart / D.C. Wire:
Breaking News: Another Superdelegate for Obama
Discussion: The Page
Matt / 2008 Democratic Convention Watch:
Pledged Delegate Switches to Obama
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 …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Hagee to apologize to Catholics
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
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.
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.
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
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Help Wanted: Lefty College Seeks Right-Wing Prof  —  CU-Boulder Bid to Endow A ‘Conservative’ Chair Leaves Both Sides Uneasy  —  BOULDER, Colo. — How liberal is the University of Colorado at Boulder?  —  The campus hot-dog stand sells tofu wieners.  A recent pro-marijuana rally drew …
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.
Agence France Presse:
Belief in God ‘childish,’ Jews not chosen people: Einstein letter  —  Albert Einstein described belief in God as “childish superstition” and said Jews were not the chosen people, in a letter to be sold in London this week, an auctioneer said Tuesday.  —  The father of relativity …
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: The New Republic
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Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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Discussion: New York Times
KCCW-TV:
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Megan McArdle:
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Discussion: QandO