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New York Times
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-Op-Ed Columnist: The Too-Long Goodbye
After the Tuesday primaries, Hillary Rodham Clinton now has maybe a 2percent chance of winning the Democratic nomination. But if she pursues herlosing battle, she has perhaps a 20 percent chance of costing the Democratsthe presidency in the fall.

-Editorial: Toward Better Student Lending
President Bush showed good sense on Wednesday when he signed legislation toensure an uninterrupted flow of federal student loans during the creditcrunch. Now comes the test of leadership.

-Editorial: The Tax Trickery Spreads
It was bad enough when Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCaindecided to engage in some petty pandering by calling for a suspension of thefederal gas tax over the summer. What they suggested would reduce needed taxrevenues and hamper efforts to combat global warming. And it would fail todeliver lower prices while giving oil companies more money. But neithersenator is actually running the country, so it might be tempting to chalk itall up to campaign pandering.

-Support for Clinton Wanes as Obama Sees Finish Line
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton struck a publicly defiant posture onWednesday about continuing her presidential bid despite waning support fromDemocratic officials and donors. Some of her advisers acknowledged privatelythat they remained unsure about the future of her candidacy.

-Iranian Exiles Aren't Terrorist Group, British Court Says
After a seven-year legal battle, Britain's Court of Appeal ruled Wednesdaythat the British government was wrong to include an Iranian resistancegroup, the People's Mujahedeen of Iran, on its list of banned terroristgroups.

-Political Memo: For the Democrats, Signs of a Possible Changing of theGuard
After 16 years, the Clinton era may be coming to an end, presentingDemocrats with a historic but potentially wrenching transition and achallenge to Senator Barack Obama as he seeks to reconcile a deeply dividedparty.

Washington Post
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-Did Rush Limbaugh Tilt Result In Indiana?
Conservative Host Urged 'Chaos' Votes
Even as Barack Obama's campaign celebrated Tuesday's primary results, aidescharged yesterday that they would have had an even stronger showing were itnot for meddling by an unlikely booster of Hillary Rodham Clinton: thepopular conservative radio host and longtime Clinton family nemesis RushLimbaugh.

-Aid Shipments to Burma Largely Stalled
One U.N. Aid Plane Allowed to Land; Diplomat Says Toll Could Hit 100,000Aid shipments to storm-ravaged Burma remained largely stalled for anotherday Thursday, awaiting approval from the government's military junta despitea worsening humanitarian crisis that has already claimed upwards of 100,000lives.

-Tests Ahead for Obama
Buyer's remorse was beginning to afflict supporters of Barack Obama beforeTuesday's primary election returns showed he had delivered a knockout punchagainst Hillary Clinton. The young orator who had seemed so fantastic,beginning with his 2007 Jefferson-Jackson dinner speech in Iowa,disappointed even his own advisers over the past two weeks, and old partyhands mourned that they were stuck with a flawed candidate.

-Two Weeks of Trivia
The endless Democratic presidential campaign has lurched from irrelevance totrivia, triggering a near-universal call to bring it to a halt.

-Bill Targets Oil Firms and OPEC
Democrats Would Levy Windfall Tax
Democratic leaders in Congress unveiled energy legislation yesterdaytargeting big oil companies and members of the Organization of the PetroleumExporting Countries. The package drew sharp criticism from Republicans, oilfirms and foreign policy experts.

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-Haiti needs help now
ISSUE: Members of Congress want humanitarian aid sent to Haiti.
Haiti's food crisis is a threat to its national stability. It is better toassist and bolster relief efforts now than wait until the country spiralsout of control, making the task more costly and onerous.,0,1760715.story

Fort Report
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-Christian leaders question D.C. probe of 'prosperity' televangelists
Nearly two-dozen conservative Christian leaders have signed a letter to theSenate Finance Committee questioning an investigation into six largeministries that preach a gospel of prosperity.

-George's Bottom Line on Clinton for Veep
Clinton Might Be Negotiating Spot on '08 Ticket, George Says
Is Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., staying in the race to get the vicepresidential slot? George thinks so.

-Dems press fight for Michigan delegates
But deal at this point not enough for Clinton
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign Wednesday pinned its increasinglythin hopes for the Democratic nomination on winning full delegate slatesfrom Michigan and Florida -- but the hard reality of delegate math makesvictory nearly impossible.


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