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10:25 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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
Deacon / Power Line:   THE REPUBLICAN LOSING STREAK CONTINUES
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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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
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Clinton wins West Virginia
Fox News:
Many Demographic Distinctions Missing in West Virginia Race, Exit Polls Show
Discussion: News Hounds and Blogs of War
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  —  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 …
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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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
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Receive Endorsement Of 3 Former SEC Chairmen  —  Three former chairmen of the Securities and Exchange Commission will publicly endorse Democratic Sen. Barack Obama's bid for the presidency Wednesday, including one who served under President Bush.  —  William Donaldson …
Discussion: The Page
NewsMax.com:
Inside Cover  —  Source: Huckabee Tops McCain VP List  —  Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is at the top of the list of John McCain's possible running mates, according to a top McCain fundraiser with ties to his inner circle.  —  Economic conservatives are likely …
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Go away you horrible human being
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story
 
 
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David Hendee / Omaha World-Herald:
Scott Kleeb wins Democratic primary for U.S. Senate
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
There is No Nominee: On To The Five Remaining Primaries
The Campaign Spot:
Palestinians in Gaza Are Phonebanking for Barack Obama
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