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10:35 AM ET, April 1, 2008

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Michael Powell / New York Times:
Obama Is Moving to Down-to-Earth Oratory  —  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.
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Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Slipping on Trust  —  Blunders About Past Weaken Credibility; Move to Shift Focus  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. — In the weeks before the Pennsylvania primary, Sen. Hillary Clinton not only lags Sen. Barack Obama in the race for delegates, she also is losing ground in her effort to convince voters that she is trustworthy.
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Clinton's convention strategy in doubt  —  If the fight over whether to count the results in Florida and Michigan makes it to the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton will not have enough pledged votes on the 169-member Credentials Committee to deliver a majority decision in her favor …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
What Is This Thing Called The Credentials Committee?
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Talking Points Memo
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Clinton's Real Choice  —  Chill out.  —  More specifically: “We're going to win this election, if we just chill out and let everybody have their say.”  —  Thus, Bill Clinton's advice to Democrats who are gnashing their collective teeth over whether the extended struggle between Hillary Clinton …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Cleaver's bluntness  —  In an unusually frank interview on Canadian public radio, CBC, Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver of Kansas City — a Hillary supporter and superdelegate — gives a sense of how tenuous Clinton's hold on many black superdelegates is.  —  “If I had to make a prediction right now …
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 …
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Alice Walker / Guardian:
Obama is our Mandela  —  Only one candidate offers the radical departure for the 21st century the US needs, for its own sake and the rest of the world's  —  I have come home from a long stay in Mexico to find - because of the presidential campaign, and especially because of the Obama-Clinton race …
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
In Gaza, Hamas's Insults to Jews Complicate Peace  —  GAZA — In the Katib Wilayat mosque one recent Friday, the imam was discussing the wiliness of the Jew.  —  “Jews are a people who cannot be trusted,” Imam Yousif al-Zahar of Hamas told the faithful.  “They have been traitors to all agreements — go back to history.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and A Blog For All
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 …
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Mugabe told not to declare his victory  —  A crisis meeting of Robert Mugabe's security cabinet decided to block the opposition from taking power after what appears to have been a comprehensive victory in Zimbabwe's elections but was divided between using a military takeover to annul the vote and falsifying the results.
Discussion: Reason Magazine, Hot Air and normblog
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Times of London:
Zimbabwe on a knife edge as fears deepen that result is being rigged
Discussion: This is Zimbabwe
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
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Gas prices put oil executives on the hot seat  —  Oil executives return to the hot seat Tuesday as a House panel examines rising gasoline prices and the industry's opposition to efforts to repeal $18 billion in tax breaks.  The new money would be used to pay for the development of renewable energy.
Fox News:
Report: Bob Barr Weighing Presidential Run  —  Former Republican Georgia Rep. Bob Barr is considering a run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket, according to FITNews.  —  Barr, who joined the Libertarian Party after leaving Congress in 2003, is looking to attract conservatives …
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Heroic marine throws himself on grenade  —  A Royal Marine could receive the highest award for gallantry after he saved the lives of his comrades by throwing himself onto an exploding grenade in Afghanistan, it has been reported.  —  Lance Corporal Matt Croucher amazingly survived …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Inside the Black Budget  —  Clockwise from top left: Ghost Squadron.  For search and rescue; National Reconnaissance Office.  Dragon is code for infrared imaging on advanced KH-11 satellites; Desert Prowler.  May represent Groom Lake, Nev., a k a Area 51; Special Projects Office.
USA Today:
Oh, the poor politicians!  —  Can't we just leave our lawmakers alone?  With tongue in cheek, two writers imagine a world in which our leaders in Washington don't have to suffer the annoyance of meddling voters.  —  Ever have someone comment on your job who has absolutely no experience whatsoever at it?
Discussion: IMAO.US
 
 
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
“Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics”
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MASSIVE FINAL-DAY REGISTRATION IN PA
Discussion: MyDD
Michelle Malkin:
Not a joke: Afghan lawmakers outlaw dancing on TV
Discussion: Associated Press
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
“The Gang”?  —  I noticed this blame the messenger tidbit …
Michael J. Totten:
The Liberation of Karmah, Part II
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ralph R. Reiland / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Obama's indoctrination  —  The Department of Justice reports …
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Saudi woman killed for chatting on Facebook
Discussion: TigerHawk and FP Passport
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Poll: You Can Fool Some of the People All of the Time
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Pelosi calls on Bush to boycott Olympic opening ceremonies
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jon Henke / Megan McArdle:
Where does he go to get his years back?  —  Mistakes happen …
Elise Castelli / FederalTimes.com:
Subpoenas issued for IBM, employees over EPA probe
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
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Military Report: Secretly ‘Recruit or Hire Bloggers’
Neville Thurbeck / News of the World:
F1 boss Max Mosley has sick Nazi orgy with 5 hookers
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
CIA enlists Google's help for spy work