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6:30 PM ET, April 1, 2008

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Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton likens herself to ‘Rocky’  —  PHILADELPHIA - Perhaps the analogy was inevitable: Hillary Rodham Clinton as Rocky Balboa, the scrappy underdog boxer from Philadelphia memorably depicted in the 1976 Oscar-winning film.  Even if Rocky did lose his first big fight.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Teachers Launch Radio Ads For Clinton in Pa.
Discussion: The Trail and TPM Election Central
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Obama casts race between him, McCain
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Clinton Less Appealing Than Obama as Potential V.P.  —  Clinton backers favor an Obama-Clinton ticket; Obama backers do not  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Only 42% of Democrats nationwide want Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic vice presidential nominee if Barack Obama wins the presidential nomination …
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Superdelegates buoy Obama in rough month
Wonk Room:
Elizabeth Edwards Responds: Why Are People Like Me Left Out Of Your Health Care Proposal, Sen. McCain?  —  Our guest blogger is Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Presidential candidate John Edwards.  —  I freely admit that I am confused about the role of overnight funding in repurchase markets in the collapse of Bear Stearns.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Harold Ickes Confirms That Wright Is Key Topic In Discussions With Super-Delegates  —  In an interview with me this morning, senior Hillary adviser Harold Ickes confirmed that Reverend Jeremiah Wright is a key topic in discussions with uncommitted super-delegates over whether Obama is electable in a general election.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Marc Ambinder and Daily Kos
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 …
M. Duss / Wonk Room:
McCain ‘Surprised’ By Events In Basra, Uninformed About How Ceasefire Occurred  —  John McCain did a little more damage to his foreign policy credibility yesterday.  After hailing the Basra offensive last Friday as “a sign of the strength of [Maliki's] government,” yesterday McCain distanced himself …
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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 …
Discussion: CBC.ca, The Swamp and Political Machine
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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 …
Discussion: The Page
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.
Dani Rodrik / Dani Rodrik's weblog:
American political economics in one picture  —  Look at the figure below, and then look at it again, and again, and again.  It is the most telling picture about the U.S. political economy I have ever seen.  —  It comes from Princeton political scientist Larry Bartels' new book, soon to be released.
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.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Pelosi Suggests Bush Skip Olympics Opening
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and Pat Dollard
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Lights out at MichelleMalkin.com Update (noon): Flipped the switch  —  Update: It's noon and I've flipped the switch back on.  Let there be light!  —  Today I am going dark.  —  We've turned out the lights at MichelleMalkin.com.  Why?  To raise awareness of empty awareness-raising gestures …
Discussion: Donklephant
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.
 
 
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
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Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
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Calculated Risk:
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Little Green Footballs:
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