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7:25 PM ET, May 14, 2008

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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Edwards To Endorse Obama  —  ABC News' Kate Snow, Raelyn Johnson, Sunlen Miller, and Rick Klein Report: Former Sen. John Edwards is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy Wednesday evening, in a dramatic attempt by the Obama campaign to answer concerns regarding Obama's appeal …
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The Caucus:
Edwards Endorses Obama  —  “The reason I am here tonight is because the Democratic voters of America have made their choice and so have I,” Mr Edwards said.  —  Officials announced the news of Mr. Edwards's endorsement shortly after Mr. Obama landed here late this afternoon.
John Edwards / CNN:
Edwards to endorse Obama  —  From CNN Political Producer Mike Roselli, CNN's Suzanne Malveaux  —  (CNN) — CNN has confirmed that former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will endorse Barack Obama shortly at a Michigan campaign event.  —  The endorsement could help Obama reach …
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Edwards to Endorse Obama  —  Former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) will endorse Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) tonight in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ending a long period of neutrality for the two-time presidential candidate and giving the Illinois senator another boost of momentum as he draws ever closer to the nomination.
Discussion: Power Line
Randyj / The Page:
Ready to Choose?  —  Ready to hope?
Marc Ambinder:
Hints, Hints, Hints  —  I don't know if John Edwards is endorsing Barack Obama today.  —  Here are some hints, though.  —  So who's staffing Edwards today?  A hint: this is Jennifer Palmieri's out-of-office message...  Ms. Palmieri is a family favorite and has been called upon to staff …
CNN:
Obama gets Edwards' endorsement
Discussion: Gothamist
Chuck Babington / Associated Press:
Edwards gives long-awaited endorsement to Obama
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:   BREAKING: John Edwards Endorses Barack Obama
MSNBC:   Edwards to endorse Obama
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
WXYZ-TV:
Obama Apologizes to WXYZ Reporter  —  UPDATE: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama has apologized to WXYZ reporter Peggy Agar for calling her “sweetie” during a campaign stop Wednesday in Sterling Heights.  —  Obama apologized in a voicemail he left on Agar's cell phone at 3:16 p.m:
Discussion: The Swamp, Spin Cycle and The Caucus
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Marc Ambinder:
Obama Appears To Call Reporter “Sweetie”
Discussion: Redstate
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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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Rumors swirl over Post buyout deal
Discussion: New York Observer
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”.
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 …
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Dann resigns  —  Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann resigned this afternoon, just hours after the inspector general's office launched a raid on his office.  —  The embattled Democrat made the announcement in a joint appearance with Gov. Ted Strickland in the governor's cabinet room, next to his Statehouse office.
Discussion: Redstate and On Deadline
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Aaron Marshall / OPENERS:
Attorney General Marc Dann resigns
Discussion: The Swamp
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Malcolm blasts NARAL  —  A rift in the women's movement, as the head of Emily's List — a key Clinton backer — attacks Naral for endorsing Obama:
Discussion: Pandagon and AMERICAblog
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Marc Ambinder:
EMILY's List Hits Back At NARAL
Discussion: The New Republic and The Page
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
McCain's wife sells Sudan-related investments  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Cindy McCain, whose husband has been a critic of the violence in Sudan, sold off more than $2 million in mutual funds whose holdings include companies that do business in the African nation.
Washington Post:
Mrs. McCain's Refusal  —  “IT WON'T DO.”  That was our bottom line in 1984 when Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York, Democratic vice presidential candidate, balked at releasing her husband's income tax returns.  Ms. Ferraro ultimately relented.  It was our bottom line four years ago …
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” …
 
 
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