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4:25 PM ET, April 2, 2008


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San Francisco Chronicle:
MATIER AND ROSS  —  Bill Clinton's tirade stunned some delegates  —  The Bill Clinton who met privately with California's superdelegates at last weekend's state convention was a far cry from the congenial former president who afterward publicly urged fellow Democrats to “chill out” …
Mead Gruver / Associated Press:
Wyoming governor back Obama  —  CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a former Clinton administration appointee, announced Wednesday that he will support Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  Freudenthal said he was impressed by the large …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Phillippe Sands / Vanity Fair:
The Green Light  —  As the first anniversary of 9/11 approached, and a prized Guantánamo detainee wouldn't talk, the Bush administration's highest-ranking lawyers argued for extreme interrogation techniques, circumventing international law, the Geneva Conventions, and the army's own Field Manual.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
John Yoo's war crimes  —  (updated below)  —  Yet again, the ACLU has performed the function which Congress and the media are intended to perform but do not.  As the result of a FOIA lawsuit the ACLU filed and then prosecuted for several years, numerous documents relating …
Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Green Light  —  Yesterday the public finally got to see the full text of an infamous Department of Justice memorandum from March 2003 designed to authorize torture.  I will have some more comments on this odious document authored by John Yoo, a man who (amazingly) teaches at a prominent law school.
Jennifer Chambers / Detroit News:
Stabenow's husband caught in Troy prostitution sting, police report says  —  TROY — The co-founder and former CEO of the liberal-progressive Democracy Radio and husband of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was caught in February by a Troy police sting aimed at catching prostitutes, according to a police report.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and All Spin Zone
Detroit Free Press:
Report: Stabenow's husband paid prostitute in sting  —  Thomas Athans, the husband of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and cofounder of a liberal talk radio network, told Troy police detectives that he paid a prostitute $150 for sex at a Troy hotel in late February, according to a police report obtained Wednesday …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama takes the lead in Pennsylvania  —  Barack Obama 45  —  Hillary Clinton 43  —  Barack Obama has taken the lead in Pennsylvania, a remarkable turnaround after trailing Hillary Clinton by 26 points in a PPP poll in the state just two and a half weeks ago.
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
New polls show Obama surge in Pa.  —  Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is surging in Pennsylvania, according to several new polls.  In one survey, released by Public Policy Polling this morning, Obama is now leading New York Sen. Hillary Clinton for the first time, 45 percent to 43 percent.
Discussion: The Swamp and Prairie Weather
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
For Clinton, Simply Winning Pa. Isn't Enough
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Karl Rove Likes What He Sees  —  Karl Rove Likes What He Sees … I CAN SEE KARL ROVE standing outside the restaurant, on the phone, yakking, pacing, occasionally peering at me through the etched-glass window and sticking a stubby finger in the air to indicate that he'll just be just one more minute.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Rove on Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and marbury
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
McCain Has Yet to Win Over Key Conservatives  —  On the campaign trail last week, Sen. John McCain declared at least three times that the Republican Party is “united.”  —  But is it?  —  Some prominent conservatives say they remain disenchanted with the party's likely nominee.
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
McCain won't fight platform on abortion, gays
Discussion: Shakesville
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
GOP Weighs Calendar Changes for 2012
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
McCain Camp Calls Obama “Dishonest”  —  IN FLIGHT—Air McCain is officially flying on a week-long bio-tour, intended to reintroduce the candidate to America, as a man shaped by service and country.  But as McCain's charter flight hopped between Maryland and Florida Wednesday …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Heavy Troop Deployments Are Called Major Risk  —  Readiness Is Dangerously Low, Army Chief Says  —  Senior Army and Marine Corps leaders said yesterday that the increase of more than 30,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan has put unsustainable levels of stress on U.S. ground forces and has put …
Brent Baker /
Turner: Global Warming Will Cause Mass Cannibalism, Insurgents Are Patriots  —  Interviewed Tuesday for Charlie Rose's PBS show, CNN founder Ted Turner argued that inaction on global warming “will be catastrophic” and those who don't die “will be cannibals.”
Ana Marie Cox / Swampland:
SWAMPLAND EXCLUSIVE!!  McCain Reacts to Heidi Montag Endorsement!  —  Ana Marie Cox, Washington Editor of, is the founding editor of Wonkette and the author of the novel Dog Days.  —  Joe Klein is TIME's political columnist and author of six books, most recently Politics Lost.
Discussion: Wonkette
Ari Shapiro / NPR:
Justice Probes Lawyer's Dismissal Amid Gay Rumor  —  Audio for this story will be available at approx. 7:00 p.m. ET  —  · The Justice Department's inspector general is investigating whether a career attorney in the department was dismissed from her job because of rumors that she is a lesbian.
Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
DoJ Investigators Probing Whether Goodling Fired Lawyer Due to Gay Rumors
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Obama Keeps Cash Lead Over Clinton  —  Barack Obama raised more than $30 million in the month of March, a campaign official told TIME on Tuesday.  —  Though the official would not provide an exact number, he did say, “The number starts with a three and we are still counting.  It's in the 30s.”
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama's Abortion Extremism  —  Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.'s endorsement of Barack Obama last week — “I believe in this guy like I've never believed in a candidate in my life” — recalled another dramatic moment in Democratic politics.  In the summer of 1992, as Bill Clinton solidified his control …
Jacqueline Lee / Des Moines Register:
Pizza driver: ‘There was no way out’  —  A Des Moines pizza driver who was suspended from his job after he shot an armed robber said today he has been overwhelmed by support from people who cheered what happened.  —  “But no one had contacted me directly about a job offer,” …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HOW'S IT PLAY?  —  Yesterday Harold Ickes told TPM's Greg Sargent …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Bernanke Offers Bleaker View on U.S. Economy
Palm Beach Post:
Dean says Florida delegates will be seated at convention
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Too Many Kagans, Too Little Knowledge
Zimbabwe: Ruling Party Loses Parliament
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Scenes from the pool report: 'I won't be smiling'
Discussion: Commentary and Hot Air
Richard Blair / All Spin Zone:
Trend Analysis: Candidate War Impact on Progressive Blogs
Discussion: PSoTD
‘Pig Book’ names congressional porkers
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 Earlier Items: 
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Obama would consider Gore for major post
Discussion: Hot Air and Donklephant
Alan Beattie / Financial Times:
Rush to restrict trade in basic foods
Matthew Yglesias:
The Yoo Coverup
Media Matters for America:
Matthews: Does Obama “connect with regular people” …
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
YouTube Warned to Remove Koran Film
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
Austin Bay / Real Clear Politics:
Whittling Away at Sadr
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama Wins Backing of 9/11 Commission Co-Chairman Lee Hamilton