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2:35 PM ET, May 14, 2008

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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
This Is an Ex-Candidate  —  C ustomer: “Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now.”  —  Pet-shop owner: “No, no he's not dead, he's — he's resting!  Remarkable bird, the Norwegian blue, isn't it, aye?  Beautiful plumage!”
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
UPCOUNTRY  —  If the exit polls (and the pre-election polls) are accurate, Hillary Clinton is set to win West Virginia by roughly a 2 to 1 margin over Barack Obama.  Oregon, next Tuesday, favors Obama.  But Kentucky, which votes the same day, seems likely to yield a similar margin for Sen. Clinton.
Byron York / The Corner:
Obama and the Flag Pin  —  I've always thought the flag-pin controversy was a non-issue, and I had no problem with Barack Obama, like John McCain, not wearing one.  But I would like to know why Obama has now started wearing one.  He has apparently worn a flag pin in his most recent appearances in West Virginia, Missouri, and Michigan.
Discussion: The New Republic and Commentary
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Behind the Flag  —  The flag pin issue is important to …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Commentary
Marc Ambinder:
Local GOP's Obama Bracketing
Discussion: Eunomia
Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:   Navarrette: No racism in the presidential election?
The Hill:
Analysis: House GOP hits new low, faces bleak Nov.  —  The sky is falling on House Republicans and there is no sign of it letting up.  —  The GOP loss in Mississippi's special election Tuesday is the strongest sign yet that the Republican Party is in shambles.
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Reid Wilson / Real Clear Politics:
GOP Stunned By Loss in Mississippi  —  In a major blow to national Republicans, a Mississippi congressional seat that once voted for President Bush by a twenty-five point margin elected a Democrat on Tuesday.  Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers beat out Republican candidate Greg Davis …
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
We Are Totally Frakked  —  If the GOP can't hold on to a House seat …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Mike Allen / Associated Press:   Hillary's ‘almost heaven’ - Signs of a coming GOP cataclysm
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Democrat Wins House Seat in Mississippi
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
HOUSE GOPERS STOMPING MAD OVER PROSPECTS
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Crypt's Blogs
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Go away you horrible human being  —  IT'S NOT CLOSE.  YOU FREAKING LOST THE NOMINATION, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?  —  Good God.  What is wrong with her?  The Clintons and their campaign staff don't give a damn that they are now hurting our electoral chances in the fall against McCain and against the Republicans in Congress.
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Italian's Detention Illustrates Dangers Foreign Visitors Face  —  He was a carefree Italian with a recent law degree from a Roman university.  She was “a totally Virginia girl,” as she puts it, raised across the road from George Washington's home.  Their romance, sparked by a 2006 meeting …
Marc Ambinder:
Good Timing For Jim Webb  —  How 'bout that?  Sen. Jim Webb's new book will be released on May 15, just as reporters like me start to speculate about his chances of becoming Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential nominee.  —  “A Time To Fight: Reclaiming a Just And Fair America” …
James Pitkin / Willamette Week:
Six Minutes With Barack  —  The Democratic Presidential frontrunner talks timber payments, Gordon Smith and of course tattoos.  —  Sen. Barack Obama once remarked on the long odds of a “skinny guy from the South Side with a funny name” finding success in American politics.
Nancy Keenan / The Huffington Post:
Why NARAL Pro-Choice America Endorsed Barack Obama  —  I am pleased to announce that today, NARAL Pro-Choice America's political action committee endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president.  —  I know that most of you are probably thinking, “Why did you decide to endorse Obama, and why are you doing it now?”
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Tom Friedman's latest declaration of war  —  (updated below w/correction - Update II)  —  Today's a very exciting day in America.  Our nation's most Serious foreign policy expert, the brilliant Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, has today declared our latest new war: … So congratulations to us.
Quinnipiac University:
Obama, Clinton Both Top McCain In November Face-Off, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Most Democrats Back Obama-Clinton ‘dream Ticket’  —  Either one of the two Democratic contenders, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama or New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, leads the likely Republican presidential nominee …
CNN:
Rendell: Obama should ask Clinton to be VP  —  (CNN)-Governor Ed Rendell's name has recently come up as a potential running mate for Barack Obama, but the Pennslyvania Governor said Wednesday, why settle for a Clinton supporter when you can have the real deal.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Washington Post:
Some Detainees Are Drugged For Deportation  —  Immigrants Sedated Without Medical Reason  —  The U.S. government has injected hundreds of foreigners it has deported with dangerous psychotropic drugs against their will to keep them sedated during the trip back to their home country …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Guilt by association by association (or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the ill-fated Greenwich Village nail bomb, part 2)  —  More on the New Left and fascism from Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism (aside to sashal: see here): … — I guess I could pause here to note that Horowitz seems …
 
 
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Kleinheider / Post Politics:
Clinton Nabs Another Tennessee Super
Matthew Yglesias:
Mistakes Were Made  —  Bought Sim City 4 last night …
Carl / Israel Matzav:
Hamas' Jihadi TV: Assud the bunny's grandfather claims Tel Aviv was ‘Palestinian’
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
The 82% factor. Can't we all just get along?
Discussion: PoliGazette
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Amazing Money Machine
ACLU:
ACLU Obtains Defense Department Documents About Prisoner Deaths And Interrogations
Ross Douthat:
The Case For Obama-Webb, Again
Discussion: The Debatable Land
 Earlier Items: 
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
HBO Film About 2000 Recount Draws Protests From Democrats
Discussion: Gawker and Althouse
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: LAST NIGHT'S BIGGER STORY
Discussion: The Field and Democrats.com
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
PLOTTING HER PATH FOR 2012  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. …
Discussion: MoJoBlog, David Corn and MSNBC
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Cruel Intentions  —  Is Obama cynical enough?  —  It wasn't an anomaly.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton was brain behind the war room
Discussion: The Swamp
Argghhh!:
HUSSAYN'S STORY  —  The visual-only sim can be a stomach-churner …
Discussion: small dead animals
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Rumsfeld On 2006 Election: “The Correction For That...Is An Attack”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NEVER DIE!!  —  Even with Hillary's blow-out win in West Virginia …
Discussion: Democrats.com, Althouse and MyDD