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12:35 PM ET, May 13, 2008

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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 …
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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
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 …
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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Five things to watch in W. Va.
New York Post:
OBAMA AIMS FOR NOV.
Washington Post:
For Obama, the General Election Is Calling
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Times:
Cindy McCain lags with public image
Discussion: New York Times
Faye Fiore / Los Angeles Times:
In West Virginia, women for Hillary Clinton haven't (quite) given up the dream
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Page
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
McCain in the Mud  —  In 2000, I boarded John McCain's campaign bus, the Straight Talk Express, and, in a metaphorical sense, never got off.  Here, truly, was something new under the political sun — a politician who bristled with integrity and seemed to have nothing to hide.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
DUMB OR MENDACIOUS?  OR BOTH?....Democrats are taking unsurprising glee …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Hagee to apologize to Catholics  —  The Texas megachurch pastor whose past comments about the Catholic Church have caused headaches for John McCain for over two months will issue an apology to Catholics later today, according a top Christian conservative.  —  John Hagee, pastor …
Discussion: The Page
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Washington Wire:
McCain Backer John Hagee Apologizes to Catholics  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports on the presidential race.  —  John Hagee, the controversilettal Evangelical pastor who endorsed John McCain, will issue a letter of apology to Catholics today for inflammatory remarks he has made …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Corner, Who Is IOZ? and Vox Popoli
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 …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Post-IN/NC, Democrats Still OK With Continuing Campaign
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Obama Rules  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: This column is available exclusively through King Features Syndicate.  For permission to reprint or excerpt this copyrighted material, please contact: kfsreprint@hearstsc.com, or phone 800-708-7311, ext 246).  —  If Barack Obama gets his way …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Marion Barry / Washington Post:
Choices for D.C. Parents  —  As a former mayor of the District of Columbia and a current member of the D.C. Council, I've seen the city's schools deteriorate by any measure you can think of.  Our system has become one of the nation's worst in terms of educating children.
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.
 
 
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