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12:20 PM ET, April 21, 2008

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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
SUSA PA Poll: Obama Closing Fast, Down 6, Plus Q (Clinton +7) And Suffolk (Clinton +10)  —  The new World's Greatest Pollster now has Obama closing fast in PA, cutting a 14 point deficit to 6.  The SUSA poll shows a 50-44 result (previously it was 54-40.)  —  Details to follow when available …
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Dem voter surge could cut Clinton margin  —  An historic spike in Democratic voter registrations in Pennsylvania could help Barack Obama cut into Hillary Clinton's vote in Tuesday's primary, robbing her of the big victory margin she needs to justify continuing the primary fight.
Discussion: New York Times
Reagan Union / Quinnipiac University:
Clinton Leads Obama By 7 Points In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds  —  New York Sen. Hillary Clinton leads Illinois Sen. Barack Obama 51 - 44 percent among Pennsylvania likely Democratic primary voters, compared to 50 - 44 percent last week, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Zogby:
Newsmax/Zogby Poll: Clinton Edge Continues to Expand in PA  —  UTICA, New York—The final weekend before tomorrow's important primary election in Pennsylvania was good for New York's Hillary Clinton, as she made a definitive move toward victory over rival Illinois' Barack Obama, a fresh Newsmax/Zogby daily telephone tracking poll shows.
Time:
Poll: Clinton Headed for Keystone State Win
Discussion: The Page and Spin Cycle
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Palestinians' backing for terror rises  —  The number of Palestinians who support attacks against Israelis continues to rise and more than half of them favor suicide bombings, according to a poll published this weekend.  —  The survey also showed that Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh …
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Thomas Frank / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Touch of Class  —  Allow me to introduce myself.  According to the general clucking of the national punditry, my 2004 book - “What's the Matter With Kansas?”  - is supposed to have persuaded Barack Obama to describe the yeomanry of Pennsylvania as “bitter” people who …
Associated Press:
AP-Yahoo poll: Economy top worry, but barely affecting votes  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy has soared past Iraq as the top problem on the minds of voters.  —  But do the growing economic worries give a particular edge to any presidential candidate?  Not so far, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll released Monday.
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Michael Moore / Mike's Message:
My Vote's for Obama (if I could vote) ...by Michael Moore  —  I don't get to vote for President this primary season.  I live in Michigan.  The party leaders (both here and in D.C.) couldn't get their act together, and thus our votes will not be counted.  —  So, if you live in Pennsylvania, can you do me a favor?
Bloomberg:
Clinton Needs Record Margins, Turnout to Catch Obama  —  To overtake Barack Obama in the nationwide popular vote, Hillary Clinton needs a bigger win in tomorrow's Pennsylvania primary than she has had in any major contest so far.  And that's just for starters.
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Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Bill Clinton's Golden Oldies act
Discussion: MSNBC
William Kristol / New York Times:
Exodus Exegesis  —  Every presidential campaign has to produce a stream of appropriate statements for religious holidays, patriotic commemorations, and the like.  Campaigns don't expect to win votes with these messages.  They produce them because there's a risk of giving offense to some group or other if they don't.
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Voices in Her Head  —  Inside Hillaryland's fatal psychodrama.  —  By the time Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle finally packed up her lovely corner office with its fresh blue carpet and mini-fridge full of Diet Coke, her exit must have come as a relief—even to many of her friends on Team Hillary.
Discussion: Hot Air
Christopher P. Cavas / Navy Times:
Two ships deemed ‘unfit’ for combat  —  Most of the missiles couldn't be fired, and neither could any of the big guns.  The Aegis radars key to the ships' fighting abilities didn't work right.  —  The flight decks were inoperable.  —  Most of the lifesaving gear failed inspection.
Discussion: The Corner
Nora Ephron / The Huffington Post:
White Men  —  Here's another thing I don't like about this primary: now that there are only two Democratic candidates, it's suddenly horribly absolutely crystal-clear that this is an election about gender and race.  This may have always been true, but weeks ago it wasn't so obvious …
Financial Times:
Democrats must choose Obama  —  Barack Obama goes into Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary as strong favourite, whatever happens, to secure the Democratic presidential nomination.  Yet the vote could still go either way.  —  This is a sign of how close this race has been and how deeply it has divided the party.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
But the melody lingers on  —  I've spent the weekend with the Democrats—yesterday with Obama, today with Clinton.  I'll have a lot more to say about the race in my print column this week...but a few quick notes from Pennsylvania:  —  Substance: Both Clinton's and Obama's stump speeches have collapsed into blatant pandering.
John Engler / Wall Street Journal:
What Nafta Trade Deficit?  —  It is amazing how some presidential candidates are blaming the North American Free Trade Agreement for U.S. job losses.  They seem to believe that a substantial part of the three million manufacturing jobs lost since 2000 resulted from Nafta …
Discussion: Hot Air and TigerHawk
 
 
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Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
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Discussion: The New Republic
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Discussion: Think Progress
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