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5:10 PM ET, May 13, 2008

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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.
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Christian Boone / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cobb bar protested as racist for Obama T-shirts  —  Mulligan's selling shirts with ‘Curious George’ picture  —  Marietta tavern owner Mike Norman says the T-shirts he's peddling, featuring cartoon chimp Curious George peeling a banana, with “Obama in '08” scrolled underneath, are “cute.”
CNN:
W. Virginia could raise doubts about Obama  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton's expected victory in West Virginia Tuesday won't cut much into Sen. Barack Obama's delegate lead, but it may cast doubt on Obama's support among certain Democratic voters, a CNN political analyst said.
New York Times:
High Turnout Seen in West Virginia  —  Party officials predicted high turnout for West Virginia's Democratic primary on Tuesday despite the widespread belief that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton would score an easy victory.  —  Tom Vogel, the executive director of the West Virginia Democratic Party …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Democrats say let the contest continue
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Majority of Dems want Clinton to be V.P.
Peter Hamby / 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 …
The Campaign Spot:
Reach Out and Touch Faith  —  Andrew Sullivan is bothered by this illustration accompanying an endorsement of Barack Obama in an Oregon weekly paper.  —  But that's not really all that unusual, if you've been checking the alternatively hilarious and disturbing blog, “Is Barack Obama The Messiah?”.
Discussion: Redstate and Hot Air
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Doug Forrester / race42008.com:
Barack Obama's Pitch in Kentucky
Discussion: Redstate
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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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Minister Backing McCain Apologizes to Catholics
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Senate rebukes Bush on energy policy  —  The Senate issued a strong, bipartisan rebuke to President Bush on energy policy Tuesday, voting 97-1 for a measure to suspend oil shipments to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  —  “We are buying the most expensive crude oil in the history of the world and storing it …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Democratic Daily
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Richard Simon / Los Angeles Times:
Senate votes to halt strategic oil stockpiling
Discussion: EconoPundit
Steve Law / The Portland Tribune:
Poll: Obama trouncing Clinton in Oregon  —  Illinois senator leading former first lady 55-35  —  A bit more than a week away from Oregon's May 20 primary, Barack Obama has amassed a nearly insurmountable lead in the Democratic presidential race, according to statewide polling conducted by Portland's Davis …
Discussion: The Swamp and Boston Globe
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.
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.
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 and Nitpicker
Marc Ambinder:
MS-01 Watch  —  The most important election taking place today is not in West Virginia.  It's in Mississippi, for the first congressional district, a seat held since the Republican revolution of 1994 by Republican Roger Wicker.  Wicker's retiring, and there's a good possibility …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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.
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 …
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Dann holds on  —  After a day of trying to negotiate his resignation, Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann said he not quitting today.  —  “At this point, that's not what I'm going to do,” Dann told a Plain Dealer reporter.  —  He declined to elaborate.  —  Sources said Dann, a Democrat …
Discussion: Law Blog and michellemalkin.com
 
 
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