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6:50 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 …
The Caucus:
Edwards to Endorse Obama  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina who bowed out of the presidential race in January, is expected to endorse Senator Barack Obama at a rally being held here tonight.  —  Officials announced the news 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 …
Discussion: The Swamp
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
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 …
Randyj / The Page:
Ready to Choose?  —  Ready to hope?
Obama to get Edwards' endorsement
Discussion: Gothamist
MSNBC:   Edwards to endorse Obama
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:   BREAKING: John Edwards Endorses Barack Obama
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Edwards gives long-awaited endorsement to Obama
Krooney / The Page:
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Rumors swirl over Post buyout deal
Discussion: New York Observer
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?”
Editorial RSS:
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
Aaron Marshall / OPENERS:
Attorney General Marc Dann resigns
Discussion: The Swamp
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”.
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 …
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
A Humanitarian Invasion of Burma?  —  I asked a friend who has experience at all levels of this kind of thing, from humanitarian delivery to high-level government deliberations, whether it makes sense to go into Burma without permission.  His response:
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Barbara Stocking / Guardian Unlimited:
Drop the air drops
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.
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: AMERICAblog
Marc Ambinder:
EMILY's List Hits Back At NARAL
Discussion: The New Republic and The Page
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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