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11:25 AM ET, April 1, 2008

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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 …
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.
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Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Obama Speech Fails to Assuage White Indiana Voters
Discussion: Hot Air and The Page
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:   Superdelegates buoy Obama in rough month
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
New York Times:
Negotiations May Lead to Mugabe's Exit in Zimbabwe  —  HARARE, Zimbabwe — The opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is in talks with advisers to President Robert G. Mugabe of Zimbabwe, amid signs that some of those close to Mr. Mugabe may encourage him to resign, a Western diplomatic source …
Discussion: Guardian, FP Passport and CentreRight
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Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Mugabe told not to declare his victory
Discussion: Reason Magazine, Hot Air and normblog
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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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
HISTORICITY.  —  I'd echo what Duncan Black says here …
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Shakesville
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Think Progress
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Associated Press:
Pelosi says Democratic race should go on
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.
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.
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 …
Aaron Bruns / FOX Embeds:
Hillary “Rocky” Clinton in Philadelphis  —  Senator Clinton has been telling Pennsylvania voters that she's in this race to the very end to fight for them, and now she's adopting the mantle of the Keystone State's biggest fighter - Rocky Balboa.  —  In excerpt of a speech she's set to give …
Discussion: Political Punch
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
Matthew Yglesias:
Did Paul Berman Oppose the War?  —  Spencer Ackerman catches Paul Berman trying to convince us that he was against the war in Iraq.  Berman, in this incident, tries to chalk up the fact that many people think he supported the war to the fact “that afterward I haven't made a career of running around saying I told you so.”
Discussion: toohotfortnr
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
“Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics”  —  My new book — Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics — is available for online ordering now.  It will be available in book stores beginning April 15.
 
 
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Neil Midgley / Telegraph:
Flying penguins found by BBC programme
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Reuters:
Doctors support universal health care: survey
FactCheck.org:
Obama's Oil Spill
Discussion: Political Punch and TalkLeft
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Michelle and Teresa: Double Trouble?
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Warner Todd Huston / NewsBusters.org:
CBS 2 Chicago: 2007 Video of Obama and Wright Signing Books Together
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
Oh, the poor politicians!
Discussion: IMAO.US
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Gas prices put oil executives on the hot seat
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Heroic marine throws himself on grenade
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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
Malcolm Nance / SWJ Blog:
The Basrah Gambit - Defining Moment for Iraq or the Jaysh al-Mahdi?
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Military Report: Secretly ‘Recruit or Hire Bloggers’