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12:10 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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Byron York / The Corner:
Obama and the Flag Pin
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Beats Obama Handily in West Virginia
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
UPCOUNTRY  —  If the exit polls (and the pre-election polls) …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
PLOTTING HER PATH FOR 2012  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. …
Discussion: David Corn, MoJoBlog and MSNBC
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Analysis: Maybe Obama should worry
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Childers victory gives Dems a third straight takeover  —  Democrat Travis Childers won Tuesday's Mississippi special election runoff for Sen. Roger Wicker's (R) House seat, handing Democrats the biggest of their three special election takeovers this cycle and sending a listless GOP further into a state of disarray.
Mike Allen / Associated Press:
Hillary's ‘almost heaven’ - Signs of a coming GOP cataclysm  —  BREAKING NEWS 1: JERUSALEM (AP) — President Bush on Wednesday opened a celebratory visit to Israel where he'll make a new push for peace in the long-troubled Middle East.  “We consider the Holy Land a very special place …
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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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 …
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Rumsfeld On 2006 Election: “The Correction For That...Is An Attack”  —  An ongoing exploration of the documents related to the Pentagon's “message force multipliers” program has unearthed a clip of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld suggesting that America, having voted the Democrats …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush warns of Iraq disaster
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
Rummy and the Generals for Hire
Discussion: Think Progress
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Obama Gaffes on Iraq and Afghanistan  —  ABC News' David Wright and Sunlen Miller Report: Sporting a shiny new American flag pin at an appearance in Rush Limbaugh's hometown, Sen. Barack Obama came up with some novel reasons why the U.S. may be struggling in the war in Afghanistan.
Barry Rubin / gloriacenter.org:
Lebanon to West: Wake Up Fast!  —  While America's secretary of state devotes her time to doomed Israel-Palestinian talks and America goes ga-ga over a candidate whose main foreign policy strategy is to talk to dictators, still another crisis strengthens radical Islamists and endangers Western friends and interests.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton was brain behind the war room  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) was the original impetus behind the Senate Democratic “war room,” a legacy the candidate does not mention on the campaign trail but one that has significantly changed the upper chamber.
Discussion: The Swamp
Argghhh!:
HUSSAYN'S STORY  —  The visual-only sim can be a stomach-churner, but a couple of the IqAF Fling-Wing pilots who have come up here from Taji are pretty tough - the only thing that gets to them is my coffee.  —  Hussayn was recovering from a cup of my extra-strength double espresso with a bottle …
Discussion: small dead animals
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 …
Tom Coburn / Real Clear Politics:
Gerson's Misplaced PEPFAR Anger  —  In Michael Gerson's contemptuous, and factually loose, op-ed about what he calls the “Coburn Seven” and our effort to preserve the life-saving success of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), he asks readers to weigh the moral scale between …
 
 
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Robert D. Kaplan / New York Times:
Aid at the Point of a Gun
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Cruel Intentions  —  Is Obama cynical enough?  —  It wasn't an anomaly.
Graham Keeley / Guardian:
Barcelona forced to import water
Discussion: UK News
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Behind the Flag  —  The flag pin issue is important to …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Obama May Have His Work Cut Out for Him to Draw Independents
Discussion: protein wisdom and Commentary
Bill W. / Crooks and Liars:
GOP's Inadvertently Fitting New Slogan
Megan McArdle:
It's the system, man
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Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Outsourcing of King Memorial to China Is Probed
 Earlier Items: 
Conrad Mulcahy / New York Times:
Officers Battle Visa Hurdles for Iraq Aides
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR CONSERVATIVE ACADEMICS REVISITED …
Discussion: Don Surber and Pajamas Media
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
College Dem supers for Obama
Discussion: Spin Cycle
San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. parking meters retooled to aid homeless
Discussion: Don Surber
Wall Street Journal:
Maliki's Victory  —  When Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered …
Discussion: Betsy's Page, Hot Air and QandO
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Receive Endorsement Of 3 Former SEC Chairmen
Discussion: The Page
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NEVER DIE!!  —  Even with Hillary's blow-out win in West Virginia …
Discussion: MyDD
Deacon / Power Line:
THE REPUBLICAN LOSING STREAK CONTINUES