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5:10 PM ET, May 14, 2008

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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.
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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!”
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.
CNN:
Clinton: It'd be a ‘grave error’ to pick McCain over Obama  —  (CNN) — Hillary Clinton on Wednesday reiterated her vow to stay in the Democratic presidential race, but she said it would be a “terrible mistake” for her supporters to vote for John McCain over Barack Obama.
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.
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.
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
PLOTTING HER PATH FOR 2012  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. …
Discussion: David Corn, MoJoBlog and MSNBC
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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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
GOPERS STOMPING MAD OVER PROSPECTS  —  From NBC's Mike Viqueira  —  Lots of very glum faces among House GOP members this morning as they emerged from their weekly closed-door session.  The political situation is not good, and they aren't even trying to deny it.
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
We Are Totally Frakked  —  If the GOP can't hold on to a House seat …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
WaPo's Broder taking buyout; becomes contract writer in '09  —  Veteran Washington Post political columnist David Broder is going to take a buyout from the paper.  As of Jan 1, 2009, he will become a contract employee of the Post.  —  Here's a note sent to Broder's column clients this morning, obtained by Politico.
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doi.gov:
Secretary Kempthorne Announces Decision to Protect Polar Bears under Endangered Species Act  —  Rule will allow continuation of vital energy production in Alaska  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today announced that he is accepting the recommendation of U.S. Fish …
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: LAST NIGHT'S BIGGER STORY
Discussion: The Field and Democrats.com
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?”
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Mark Halperin / The Page:
Release from NARAL Pro-Choice America
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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 …
CBN.com:
Obama and the Cross  —  I have been telling Brody File readers for months that if Barack Obama becomes the Democratic nominee he will make a pitch to win over independent/moderate Evangelicals.  Well, we now have evidence.  —  The Obama campaign has consistently believed that their candidate can compete for the “religious vote”.
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” …
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Amazing Money Machine  —  History has a way of prizing timeless qualities like vision and oratory above temporal things like money.  So if Barack Obama becomes our nation's first black president, civics textbooks will probably never note his fund-raising prowess or the financial challenges …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Donklephant
Andrew Sullivan / Washington Post:
Phobia at the Gates  —  Twelve countries ban HIV-positive visitors, nonimmigrants and immigrants from their territory: Armenia, Brunei, Iraq, Libya, Moldova, Oman, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sudan and . . . the United States.  China recently acted to remove …
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Yuval Levin / The Corner:
The AIDS Travel Ban
Discussion: The Daily Dish
 
 
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Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush links optimism for Mideast reform to democratic Israel
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Does Obama Even Need The Jewish Vote?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Malcolm blasts NARAL
Discussion: Pandagon and AMERICAblog
Inside Higher Ed:
Students Fail — and Professor Loses Job
Discussion: American Power
Matt / Think Progress:
Lieberman Says Bombing Iran ‘Has An Appeal To It’
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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USA Today:
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Washington Post:
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Poll: McCain Beats Obama And Hillary By Equal Margin Among Working Class Whites
Kleinheider / Post Politics:
Clinton Nabs Another Tennessee Super
Matthew Yglesias:
Mistakes Were Made  —  Bought Sim City 4 last night …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Tom Friedman's latest declaration of war
ACLU:
ACLU Obtains Defense Department Documents About Prisoner Deaths And Interrogations
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
HBO Film About 2000 Recount Draws Protests From Democrats
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Obama Gaffes on Iraq and Afghanistan
Washington Post:
Some Detainees Are Drugged For Deportation