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Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Obama casts race between him, McCain  —  WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Sen. Barack Obama is talking about the elephant in the room — Republican rival John McCain — and all but ignoring the Democrat who stands between him and his party's presidential nomination.  —  Even though Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Teachers Launch Radio Ads For Clinton in Pa.
Discussion: The Trail and TPM Election Central
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Hillary fired for lies, unethical behavior from Congressional job: former boss  —  Dan Calabrese's new column on Hillary Clinton's past may bring the curtain down on her political future.  Calabrese interviewed Jerry Zeifman, the man who served as chief counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during …
Gabriel Schoenfeld / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Bush Intelligence Failure  —  On Sunday, CIA director Michael Hayden warned on “Meet the Press” that a reconstituting al Qaeda was preparing operatives in Afghanistan who would draw no attention while passing through U.S. airport checkpoints.  —  Exactly how vulnerable are we right now to a significant terrorist attack?
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
No Iraq Intelligence Update For You!
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
THE ADMIRAL WHO CAN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Balkinization
Ali / Think Progress:
Student calls McCain out for political motivations of school appearance.  —  Today Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) stopped at his alma mater, Episcopal High School in Virginia, to lecture on the importance of teaching and the honor code.  McCain's toughest question came from student Katelyn Halldorson …
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Hotline On Call:
“I Hope Attendance Here Was Not Compulsory”
Discussion: Wonkette
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
The March 2003 Yoo Memo Emerges! (not an April Fool's Joke): The Torture Memo to Top All Torture Memos  —  Subhead: The Big Kahuna: The Torture Memo that Makes the August 2002 Memo Look Like Objective and Thoughtful Legal Analysis  —  On Friday, March 13, 2003, Jay Bybee left his office …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Obama-Webb 2008  —  I've mentioned in passing several times, both here and on OTB Radio, that Jim Webb would be the Democrats' smartest choice for Vice President, particularly if (as seems exceedingly likely) Barack Obama is their nominee.  Alex Massie makes the case in detail.  Some excerpts:
Discussion: BeldarBlog
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Alex Massie / The Debatable Land:
The Case for Jim Webb
Neil Midgley / Telegraph:
Flying penguins found by BBC programme  —  The BBC will today screen remarkable footage of penguins flying as part of its new natural history series, Miracles of Evolution.  —  Camera crews discovered a colony of Adélie penguins while filming on King George Island, some 750 miles south of the Falkland Islands.
WCAU-TV:
Exclusive Poll: Clinton's Lead Shrinks In Pa.  —  Clinton Leads By 12 Points, Survey Finds  —  If the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania were held Tuesday, April 1, Hillary Clinton would defeat Barack Obama by 12 percentage points, according to a recent SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively …
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Does Obama Understand Defeat?  —  On Oct. 14, 1993, John McCain took to the floor of the United States Senate to offer what, in light of his past history and his later positions, was an unusual amendment.  —  Earlier that month, 19 American soldiers had been ambushed and killed in Mogadishu …
The Politico:
Pentagon balked on gay partner travel  —  Prior to the Easter recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to intervene with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in order to get Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin's domestic partner on a military flight for a congressional fact-finding trip to Europe.
Matt / Think Progress:
CNN catches McCain making contradictory statements about Sadr.  —  In an interview with CNN earlier today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) claimed that he has long understood the influence of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr: … But in a report on The Situation Room today …
Discussion: KNX
Fafnir / Fafblog:
everything depends on the getaway  —  “Screw this dump!” says Giblets.  “This universe is old and fat and smells like smelling and Giblets is busting out!”  —  “Should we go over the wall or take the tunnel?” says me.  I been diggin a tunnel.  —  “Nuts to the tunnel!” says Giblets.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, Clinton 45%  —  McCain has slight edge over both Democrats  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update shows a closer Democratic nomination race than has been the case in recent days, with 49% of Democratic voters nationwide saying they are most likely …
Discussion: Pollster.com
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Clinton backer: Obama will win  —  (CNN) — A key Hillary Clinton supporter appeared to be a bit off message during a recent interview with a Canadian radio station.  —  “If I had to make a prediction right now, I'd say Barack Obama is going to be the next president,” Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver …
 
 
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