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1:25 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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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.
Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:
Navarrette: No racism in the presidential election?  —  SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) — In claiming victory in West Virginia last night, Hillary Clinton reiterated her last best argument as to why she should be the Democratic nominee: because only she can win in November.
Byron York / The Corner:
Obama and the Flag Pin
Discussion: Commentary and The New Republic
Marc Ambinder:
Local GOP's Obama Bracketing
Discussion: Eunomia
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Behind the Flag  —  The flag pin issue is important to …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
Mike Allen / Associated Press:   Hillary's ‘almost heaven’ - Signs of a coming GOP cataclysm
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Childers victory gives Dems a third straight takeover
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Cole: Dems are winning on our agenda
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 …
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” …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Democrats.com, Althouse and MyDD
Chicago Tribune:
Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko's fate now lies with the jury  —  Prosecutors, defense wrap up closing arguments  —  The federal corruption trial that has sent ripples through the administration of Gov. Rod Blagojevich has reached its final stage, and the fate of political insider Antoin “Tony” Rezko is now in the hands of the jury.
Discussion: Redstate
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Amazing Money Machine  —  History has a way of prizing timeless qualities like vision and oratory above temporal things like money.  So if Barack Obama becomes our nation's first black president, civics textbooks will probably never note his fund-raising prowess or the financial challenges …
 
 
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Charles Hurt / New York Post:
PLOTTING HER PATH FOR 2012  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. …
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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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton was brain behind the war room
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Megan McArdle:
It's the system, man
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San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. parking meters retooled to aid homeless
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Receive Endorsement Of 3 Former SEC Chairmen
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Barry Rubin / gloriacenter.org:
Lebanon to West: Wake Up Fast!