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4:50 AM ET, April 1, 2008

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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds Lead Over Clinton, 51% to 43%  —  Longest stretch as front-runner for either candidate since late February  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted March 28-30 finds Barack Obama leading Hillary Clinton in national Democratic preferences for the nomination, 51% to 43%.
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Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
DAY-OF-WEEK EFFECT IN GALLUP DAILY?
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Dems, Reps Agree: Obama Tougher Opponent for McCain
Discussion: Spin Cycle, Boston Globe and The Swamp
David Usborne / The Independent:
USA 2008: The Great Depression  —  Food stamps are the symbol of poverty in the US.  In the era of the credit crunch, a record 28 million Americans are now relying on them to survive - a sure sign the world's richest country faces economic crisis  —  Disadvantaged Americans queue for aid in New York
Media Matters for America:
Scarborough on Obama's “dainty” bowling performance: “Americans want their president, if it's a man, to be a real man”  —  During the March 31 edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist repeatedly mocked Sen. Barack Obama's bowling performance — which Scarborough called …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The Tall Tale of Tuzla  —  HILLARY CLINTON'S BOSNIAN MISADVENTURE SHOULD DISQUALIFY HER FROM THE PRESIDENCY, BUT THE AIRPORT LANDING IS THE LEAST OF IT.  —  The punishment visited on Sen. Hillary Clinton for her flagrant, hysterical, repetitive, pathological lying about her visit to Bosnia …
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
CIA enlists Google's help for spy work  —  US intelligence agencies are using Google's technology to help its agents share information about their suspects  —  Google has been recruited by US intelligence agencies to help them better process and share information they gather about suspects.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Gov. Rendell: Fox is ‘most objective’ cable network  —  The Clinton campaign has said before that Fox treats them more fairly than MSNBC, but prominent surrogate Governor Ed Rendell heaped the strongest praise yet on the Murdoch-owned network.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LAST REFUGE ...  PA Gov. Ed Rendell on Fox News coverage …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Liberal Values
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Obama Is Moving to Down-to-Earth Oratory for Working People  —  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Speech is his finely polished sword, a transcendent weapon.  Seen and heard on a thousand YouTube postings, Senator Barack Obama's speeches have made a happening of that hoariest of campaign forms, the stump speech.
Discussion: The RBC
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Paul West / Baltimore Sun:
Obama dons a blue collar
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Military Report: Secretly ‘Recruit or Hire Bloggers’  —  A study, written for U.S. Special Operations Command, suggested “clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers.”  —  Since the start of the Iraq war, there's been a raucous debate in military circles over how to handle blogs …
Wayne Barrett / The Huffington Post:
Could the Republicans Pick the Democratic Nominee?  — The Untold Story of How the GOP Rigged Florida and Michigan  —  Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean came out of hiding last week to announce that there is no reason to rush to resolve the fate of Florida and Michigan.
Malcolm Nance / SWJ Blog:
The Basrah Gambit - Defining Moment for Iraq or the Jaysh al-Mahdi?  —  Engaging the Mahdi Militia in Basrah and labeling them as equal to Al-Qaeda in Iraq is a deadly gamble that may leave Iran the winner.  —  On 19 March, 2008 CNN's Iraq war correspondent, Kyra Phillips gave a live interview …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Slate:
The Military  —  HOW TO FIX THE U.S. MILITARY. … The next president will inherit a military in strange shambles.  Its soldiers fight extremely well, but its army is on the brink of breaking.  Its budget is enormous, but most of the money goes to weapons that have little to do with promoting real security.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and INTEL DUMP
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Elise Castelli / FederalTimes.com:
Subpoenas issued for IBM, employees over EPA probe  —  IBM and several of its employees have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury on interactions between Environmental Protection Agency and IBM employees, a company spokesman said today.  —  The subpoenas, which were issued March 28 …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Do They Hate Clinton More Than They Care About The Dem Party?  —  Apparently, Josh Marshall got a lot of “feedback” for his post that I discussed here.  His reply to that feedback seems equally nonsensical to me: … (Emphasis supplied.)  This makes no sense to me.
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Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Michigan delegate compromise offered
Discussion: MyDD, The Democratic Daily and TalkLeft
Dave Price / Dean's World:
Sadr's Triumphant Surrender  —  The media appear to be unanimous: by getting his butt kicked, surrendering control of Basra, and being mocked as an Iranian catspaw Sadr has... succeeded. … Really?  The same Iraqi politicians who were so opposed to Sadr they boycotted talks aimed at a peaceful resolution …
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama calls for Cesar Chavez holiday  —  Cesar Chavez Day.  —  That's what Barack Obama is endorsing: A national holiday in honor of the late, legendary activist for farmworker rights (pictured below).  —  Today is Chavez's birthday — and Hillary Clinton's campaign …
 
 
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Jay Rosen / PressThink:
The Love Affair Between McCain and the Press Sprains the Brain …
Howard Wilkinson / Cincinnati Enquirer:
Keith Maupin: ‘My boy is coming home’
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE
Jon Henke / Megan McArdle:
Where does he go to get his years back?  —  Mistakes happen …
Dr. Maya Angelou / blog.hillaryclinton.com:
Celebrating Women: A Note from Dr. Maya Angelou
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jeffrey Rosen / The New Republic:
Legal Bondage
Discussion: The Corner and Free For All
John R. Lott, Jr / Fox News:
The ‘Recession’ Is a Media Myth
Sewell Chan / City Room:
Council Votes 30-20 for Traffic Fees
Kevin Rollins / Free For All:
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F1 boss Max Mosley has sick Nazi orgy with 5 hookers
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Life in A Cocoon  —  A problem for Barack Obama-after living …
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
McCain: Obama Has No Experience in National Security, Warfare
Discussion: The Washington Note and Salon
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
McCain ‘Surprised’ by Iraq Developments
Discussion: Firedoglake
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
STICKIN'  —  There's been a fierce and now apparently fading argument …
Discussion: The New Republic and TalkLeft
Ross Douthat:
Lieberman Democrats
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Some Republicans Emerge To Endorse Obama