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3:40 PM ET, April 9, 2008

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CNN:
Obama shatters ad spending record  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama has spent a record breaking $60 million to run more than 100,000 political television ads in pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination, a new analysis conducted for CNN shows.  —  In contrast, John Kerry ran …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Leads Clinton by 10 Points  —  Second double-digit lead for Obama in Gallup tracking  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the third consecutive day, Barack Obama holds a significant advantage over Hillary Clinton in national Democratic preferences for the Democratic presidential nomination, now 51% to 41%.
Brian Lockhart / Stamford Advocate:
FBI probe: Lieberman campaign to blame for crashing own Web site  —  A federal investigation has concluded that U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman's 2006 re-election campaign was to blame for the crash of its Web site the day before Connecticut's heated Aug. 8 Democratic primary.
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Phillip Carter / Intel Dump:
Petraeus Overplays His Hand  —  That statement by U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker pretty much sums up what he and Gen. David Petraeus presented to Congress yesterday.  Iraq is hard, but we are making headway; victory is possible, if we only persevere.  —  Except that in making this pitch, Petraeus and Crocker overplayed their hand.
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David Perlmutt / Charlotte Observer:
Michelle Obama visits Harrisburg  —  HARRISBURG —This was Michelle Obama's “mom time” in her husband's campaign for president.  —  She'd come Tuesday to meet with 50 working women who filled a room at a Harrisburg preschool, anxious to talk to Barack Obama's wife.  —  But they'd have to wait.
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Michelle Will Steal Your Pie  —  Michelle Obama apparently takes a dim view of the notion that a rising tide lifts all ships: … Give up a piece of their pie, or is Michelle going to take it away?  Either way, it's pretty clear that our aspiring first lady's appreciation of economics is about as deep as her pride in America.
The Politico:
Clinton leadership a study in missteps  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton wants voters to decide the nomination based on who can coolly and competently run the country.  She had better hope they don't study her recent campaign too closely for the answer.  —  Clinton has overseen two major staff shake-ups in two months.
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Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
The Mark Penn Factor
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Wonkette and Time
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
TRADER BILL'S 800G IN COLOMBIA GOLD
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Wall of silence broken at state's Muslim public school  —  Recently, I wrote about Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove Heights.  Charter schools are public schools and by law must not endorse or promote religion.  —  Evidence suggests, however …
Kathy / five feet of fury.:
Richard Warman suing conservative bloggers — including me  —  Richard “The Boy Named Sue” Warman has finally filed his statement of claim.  —  Canada's busiest litigant, serial “human rights” complainant and — the guy Mark Steyn has called “Canada's most sensitive man” …
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Camille Paglia / Salon:
Hillary's slick willies  —  Does Hillary surround herself with girly men?  Obama and the experience question.  Plus: Lincoln, Madonna's new face and a Bush with real authority.  —  I would like to get your feedback on the subject of those who end up in Hillary's orbit.
Lanny J. Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Minister Problem  —  I have tried to get over my unease surrounding Barack Obama's response to the sermons and writings of his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.  But the unanswered questions remain.  —  I am a strong supporter …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Chris Matthews, Seriously.  (O.K., Not That Seriously.)  —  Whenever Chris Matthews says something he likes, which happens a lot, he repeats it often and at volumes suggesting a speaker who feels insufficiently listened to at times.  “Tim Russert finally reeled the big marlin into the boat tonight …
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
PENNSYLVANIA RESULTS BY RACE AND EDUCATION  —  I got a bit sidetracked yesterday, so apologies for the delay in posting this additional data from the Quinnipiac University Poll of Pennsylvania released yesterday.  In a post last week, I noted that Barack Obama's modest gains on the last Quinnipiac poll …
Discussion: Truthdig
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Frank Newport / Gallup:   Obama Dominates Clinton Among College Graduates
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The 100 Years Hedge  —  Josh Marshall comments on the GOP trying to distance McCain from his 100 years comment: … Dave Wiegel earlier this week: … My own view is that McCain's comment, in its most benign formulation, misses the key element here: Islam.
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Matthew Yglesias:
100 Years  —  To back up something Josh Marshall's been pounding …
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE
CNN:
Blitzer: Iraqis playing U.S. taxpayers for ‘suckers’?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Just before and immediately after the U.S. launched its invasion of Iraq, Bush administration officials optimistically predicted that Iraqi oil exports would soon finance the reconstruction of the country.  That didn't happen.
Bill Scher / Today's Ideas & Actions:
Occupying Iraq Is Just Like Occupying ... Alabama?  —  Earlier this week, I mentioned that the conservative blog RedState is trying to pressure the traditional media to treat critiques of John McCain's embrace of a 100-year occupation of Iraq as lies and distortion.
 
 
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