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1:45 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 …
E. J. Dionne / Real Clear Politics:
Post-Crucible Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton still …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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:
Likely Clinton win in W. Virginia won't derail Obama  —  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.
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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Matt / 2008 Democratic Convention Watch:
Pledged Delegate Switches to Obama
Nikita R Stewart / D.C. Wire:   Breaking News: Another Superdelegate for 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  —  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 and American Spectator
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.
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
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: Gateway Pundit and Betsy's Page
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Special Mississippi election frames big one  —  (CNN) — A special congressional election Tuesday in a conservative Mississippi district is expected to hold implications for both parties beyond the gain or loss of single House seat.  —  For Democrats, a decisive victory by Chancery Clerk Travis Childers …
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Rachel Kapochunas / CQ Politics l Home:   Mississippi Showdown to Make or Break Democratic Winning Streak
Steve Mayes / Oregonian:
Mannix drops a bomb on Erickson  —  GOP primary - Accusations of paying for an abortion are called a smear  —  Republican Kevin Mannix dropped incendiary allegations on his 5th Congressional District opponent Monday, alleging in a direct-mail appeal to 60,000 GOP voters that Mike Erickson impregnated …
Discussion: The Swamp and TPM Election Central
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 …
 
 
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