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3:45 PM ET, April 1, 2008

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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 …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, Clinton 45%
Discussion: Pollster.com
Associated Press:
Pelosi says Democratic race should go on  —  WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the superdelegates who may ultimately decide the Democratic party's presidential nominee have a right to vote as they wish, and that the drawn-out contest between candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton …
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Aaron Bruns / FOX Embeds:
Hillary “Rocky” Clinton in Philadelphia  —  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 excerpts of a speech she's set to give …
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Superdelegates buoy Obama in rough month
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: Political Machine and Wonkette
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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.
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 …
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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.
FactCheck.org:
Obama's Oil Spill  —  Obama says he doesn't take money from oil companies.  We say that's a little too slick.  —  In a new ad, Obama says, “I don't take money from oil companies.”  —  Technically, that's true, since a law that has been on the books for more than a century prohibits corporations …
Discussion: MoJoBlog, Dean's World and TalkLeft
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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 and The Sundries Shack
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.
Juan Cole / Salon:
Why al-Maliki attacked Basra  —  The three reasons the Iraqi prime minister launched his ill-fated assault on the Sadrists of southern Iraq.  —  Mahdi army fighters stand next to a burning Iraq armored police vehicle in Basra, Iraq, March 30, 2008.  —  Why did Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki attack …
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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 …
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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