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7:45 AM ET, April 12, 2008

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The Huffington Post:
Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter  —  When I began following the Obama Campaign through Pennsylvania, the place was new to me— as apparently it was to Senator Obama, since his Road to Change bus tour was heralded as the candidate's introduction to the Keystone State.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on small-town PA: Clinging to religion, guns, xenophobia  —  Huffpo's Mayhill Fowler has more from Obama's remarks at a San Francisco fundraiser Sunday, and they include an attempt to explain the resentment in small-town Pennsylvania that won't be appreciated by some of the people whose votes Obama's seeking:
Hindrocket / Power Line:
IS OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN OVER?  —  It may be.  I don't see how anyone known to have uttered these words can be elected President: … Barack Obama's arrogance has been evident for some time, and it's no shock, perhaps, to learn that that he shares this bigoted opinion, common among urban liberals, of people who live in “small towns.”
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's “Gaffe:” Some Perspective  —  We're dealing tonight with a classic Kinsleyian “gaffe,” where a candidate says what he means and then is forced to account for it.  Let's separate, for the moment, the politics of Obama's words from the argument he is making.
Discussion: Commentary
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain camp hammers Obama on small town comments  —  The McCain campaign, finding a gift in its lap, tees off on the eye-opening comments by Barack Obama from a fundraiser last week in San Francisco (of all places).  —  Asked to respond, McCain adviser Steve Schmidt called it a “remarkable statement and extremely revealing.”
Marc Ambinder:
Obama In His Own Words … Tucker Bounds sends along the McCain response:
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Red-Blue Divide  —  These remarks by Obama in San Francisco are, to put it gently, not the most felicitously phrased: … You can see the point he is trying to make - it's the Thomas Frank argument - and you can argue about its merits, back and forth.  I don't think it's meant pejoratively …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Opponents Call Obama ‘Out of Touch’  —  TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — As Senator Barack Obama sought to broaden his appeal to voters in southern Indiana on Friday, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain separately criticized him as being out of touch with the middle class …
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Responds To Criticism  —  Republicans sense an opportunity in the developing storm over Barack Obama's remarks.  —  His comments have been distributed to allies on Capitol Hill, to members of the Pennsylvania press corps, to talk radio hosts across the country, to Republican state parties …
Discussion: American Street
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Obama's None-Too-Bright Remarks  —  A predictable but basically understandable firestorm has begun over Barack Obama's comments on the “bitterness” of Pennsylvanians.  Here is Obama's original statement, made at a fundraiser in California: … Here was part of his response Friday night in Indiana:
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
MORE ON OBAMA'S SMALL-TOWN SCREWUP, from Tom Maguire.
Discussion: Commentary, Chicago Boyz and Bill Hobbs
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
I Was Born In A Small Town
Discussion: Don Surber
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Transcript of Obama's Remarks at San Francisco Fundraiser Sunday
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans Quickly Pounce on Obama Remarks
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Iran Top Threat To Iraq, U.S. Says  —  Last week's violence in Basra and Baghdad has convinced the Bush administration that actions by Iran, and not al-Qaeda, are the primary threat inside Iraq, and has sparked a broad reassessment of policy in the region, according to senior U.S. officials.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Spectator
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Iran Fighting Proxy War in Iraq, U.S. Envoy Says
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and The Belmont Club
temple.edu:
Temple Poll shows Clinton continues to lead Obama in Pennsylvania  —  Poll also shows candidates' coalitions have different orientations toward voting  —  Senator Hillary Clinton leads Senator Barack Obama by 44 - 35 percent among Pennsylvanians likely to vote in the Democratic presidential primary on April 22.
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Bush Approved Meetings on Interrogation Techniques  —  President's Comments to ABC News Prove Top-Level Involvement in Allowing Harsh Coercion  —  President Bush said Friday that he was aware his top national security advisers had discussed the details of harsh interrogation tactics to be used on detainees.
Discussion: American Street
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Telegraph:
German staging of Verdi's A Masked Ball on 9/11 with naked cast in Mickey Mouse masks  —  By Harry de Quetteville in Berlin  —  A German opera house is to unveil a provocative new production staged in the ruins of New York's World Trade Centre.  —  It features naked pensioners and Mickey Mouse masks …
New York Times:
Navy Officer Describes Working as a Prostitute  —  WASHINGTON — Lt. Cmdr.  Rebecca Dickinson made the leap from the enlisted ranks of the Navy to its officer corps.  At 38, her record included a series of commendation medals and an assignment to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where she helped teach a leadership course.
 
 
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