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8:20 AM ET, May 14, 2008


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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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democrat Wins Mississippi Special Election  —  House Democrats won a conservative northern Mississippi House seat in a special election tonight, a victory certain to send shock waves through the ranks of congressional GOPers.  —  The Associated Press called the race for Prentiss County …
Deacon / Power Line:
THE REPUBLICAN LOSING STREAK CONTINUES  —  The Democrats appear to have picked up another House seat in a formerly “safe” Republican district tonight.  The latest win for the Dems comes in Mississippi where Travis Childers, a county chancery clerk, seems to have edged out Greg Davis, a mayor.
MS-01: DEMOCRAT TRAVIS CHILDERS WINS  —  DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on Travis Childers' victory in the special election runoff in Mississippi's 1st Congressional District.  With tonight's win, the Democratic majority in Congress has expanded to 236-199.
Discussion: MyDD and The New Republic
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: 2008 Democratic …
Matthew Yglesias:
Clinton Wins WV  —  Her campaign is rescued from the dead.  As the Clinton campaign sagely points out “no Democrat has won the White House without winning West Virginia since 1916” and therefore Obama's primary loss shows that despite his large lead in the polls over John McCain, he can't possible win the election.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
For The Record . . .  The West Virginia exit polls indicate that he lost white voters 69-28.  Astounding?  Not really.  In Ohio, Clinton won white voters 64-34.  In Pennsylvania, Clinton won whites 63-37.  Indiana?  Whites went for Clinton 60-40.  Massachusetts?  Whites went for Clinton 58-40.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Beats Obama Handily in West Virginia  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton won a lopsided victory on Tuesday over Senator Barack Obama in the West Virginia primary, where racial considerations emerged as an unusually salient factor.  Mrs. Clinton drew strong support from white …
New York Times:
Profile of the Voters … Mr. Huckabee won West Virginia's …
Discussion: Anglachel's Journal
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
EXIT POLLS: The Race Factor in West Virginia
Fox News:
Many Demographic Distinctions Missing in West Virginia Race, Exit Polls Show
Discussion: News Hounds and Blogs of War
Old White People Know the Truth About Barack Obama
David Nather / Beyond the Dome:
The Ice Has Been Broken  —  This time, Barack Obama and Hillary …
Discussion: Redstate
Agence France Presse:
Bush: I quit golf over Iraq war  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush said in an interview out Tuesday that he quit playing golf in 2003 out of respect for the families of US soldiers killed in the conflict in Iraq, now in its sixth year.  —  “I think playing golf during a war …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush warns of Iraq disaster  —  President Bush warned in an interview Tuesday that the Democratic presidential candidates' plans to withdraw abruptly from Iraq could “eventually lead to another attack on the United States” and would “embolden” terrorists.  —  In a White House interview …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Arrives for Middle Eastern Tour
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Bush has given up golf for troops
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Bush Says He's Not A Golfer In Wartime
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and Real Clear Politics
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Democratic Lead, 50%-44%
Discussion: American Street and Donklephant
Barry Rubin /
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.
Discussion: Classical Values
Right of Mississippi:
DCCC Tries To Launch An All Out Race War In MS-01  —  Now THIS is Racial Politics at it's absolute worst.  The DCCC should be Ashamed of themselves.  —  From the Article that the DCCC cites: … So “wanted to honor” and “try to honor” is'nt just a stretch it is complete and total bullcrap.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
DCCC links Davis to KKK founder's statue
Discussion: mean ol' meany and Yall Politics
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
There is No Nominee: On To The Five Remaining Primaries  —  The media is not going to determine the future of the Democratic party.  Voters are.  —  There are five states left to go.  Hillary Clinton will do very well in Kentucky and Puerto Rico.  Obama has a lead in Oregon.  MT and SD are tiny.
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NEVER DIE!!  —  Even with Hillary's blow-out win in West Virginia and the amazing Democratic victory in Mississippi, for me tonight's going to be about Terry McAuliffe's tour de force moment when he turned projectile nonsense into something approaching the sublime ...
Discussion: MyDD
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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Discussion: Shakesville and Think Progress
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The Campaign Spot:
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Discussion: New York Magazine
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
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