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1:40 AM ET, April 4, 2008


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The Huffington Post:
Air America Host Randi Rhodes Suspended For Calling Hillary A “Big F*cking Whore”  —  Air America host Randi Rhodes called both Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton “whores” in a recent appearance, seen below.  Rhodes, who hosts a weekday radio show on Air America, said to the cheering crowd, “What a whore Geraldine Ferraro is!
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Randi Rhodes Suspended After Calling Hillary ‘Big F***ing Whore’  —  WHORE-IBLE INSULTS  —  Unhinged Rhodes Stand-Up Routine Results In Suspension  —  *** RHODES CLAIMS CONTRACT BREACH ***  —  An unhinged tirade by Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes has led to an unprecedented suspension …
Air America / Air America Radio blogs:
STATEMENT OF AIR AMERICA RADIO, FROM CHAIR CHARLIE KIREKER  —  New York - Air America has suspended on-air host Randi Rhodes for making inappropriate statements about prominent figures, including Senator Hillary Clinton, at a recent public appearance on behalf of Air America in San Francisco …
Fox News:
Air America Host Suspended for Obscenity-Laced Rant Against Clinton, Ferraro  —  Air America radio has suspended talk show host Randi Rhodes for what has been described as an appalling rant against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Clinton supporter Geraldine Ferraro.
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:   Air America's Randi Rhodes suspended
Saira Anees / Political Punch:
Obama is Smokin'  —  Last August, I ran into Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, outside the Senate chamber in the Capitol.  —  This was before the Obama surge, before he had omnipresent Secret Service agents, back when you might see him strolling solo.  —  We chatted for a second …
Gallup Daily: Race Steady at Obama 49%, Clinton 46%
Marc Ambinder:
Donations to DCCC Spike after Clinton Threat To Pelosi
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:   Barack Obama = Party Builder; Hillary Clinton = ???
New York Times:
Obama's Support Softens, Poll Shows  —  Senator Barack Obama's support among Democrats nationally has softened over the last month — particularly among men and upper-income voters — as voters have taken a slightly less positive view of him than they did after his burst of victories in February …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Al Qaeda #2: We'll Attack Iran  —  Recently, Senator John McCain has repeatedly indicated that Iran and al-Qaeda are in cahoots.  The terror group's number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, would beg to differ.  In a long-promised online Q&A session, Zawahiri says it would be “in the interest” …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Truth, Put Your Boots On
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
John Edwards says would not accept VP nomination  —  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said on Thursday he would not accept the nomination for U.S. vice president as he did four years ago.  —  Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina …
Ed Ronco / South Bend Tribune:
Poll: Clinton, Obama neck and neck in Hoosier state  —  Obama is choice for 81 percent of black Democratic primary voters.  —  Sen. Barack Obama has a huge lead among younger voters in Indiana, Sen. Hillary Clinton holds the same lead with voters older than 60, and both candidates …
Discussion: MyDD
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Murtha: Clinton Cannot Win Nomination Without Popular Vote  —  Hillary Clinton simply cannot be the Democratic nominee if she doesn't win the popular vote, Pennsylvania congressman and Clinton-backer John Murtha said Wednesday.  —  “Clinton has to win Pennsylvania,” he argued in an interview.
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Clinton backers: She must win popular vote
Discussion: Liberal Values and Bloomberg
Daily Mail:
British Muslims ‘planned to kill thousands by bombing SEVEN transatlantic airliners in one go’  —  A British terror gang plotted to use liquid explosives to blow up transatlantic passenger jets in mid-flight, a court heard today.  —  Eight men planned to smuggle bombs disguised as soft drinks …
Karen Houppert / The Nation:
Another KBR Rape Case  —  Editor's Note: Lisa Smith is a pseudonym used on request.  Additional reporting by Te-Ping Chen.  Research support provided by the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute.  —  Houston  —  It was an early January morning in 2008 when 42-year-old Lisa Smith* …
Michael Wines / New York Times:
New Signs of Mugabe Crackdown in Zimbabwe  —  Zimbabwe's government staged separate police raids on Thursday against the main opposition party, foreign journalists and at least one democracy advocate, raising the specter of a broad crackdown aimed at keeping the country's imperiled leaders in power.
Mike Morris / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Ted Turner: Global warming could lead to cannibalism  —  Billionaire environmentalist says world has too many people  —  Failure to address global warming will have us all dead or eating each other by mid-century.  —  So says Ted Turner, the restaurateur, environmentalist …
Susan Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Adviser's Colombia Talks  —  Penn Met to Discuss Free-Trade Pact  —  Fought by Senator  —  Hillary Clinton's chief campaign strategist met with Colombia's ambassador to the U.S. on Monday to discuss a bilateral free-trade agreement, a pact the presidential candidate opposes.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
David Gregory says Bush showed good judgement for not invading Iraq immediately after 9/11  —  During a discussion of Obama's spot on Hardball and the issue of responding to a crisis, cando from the comment section alerted us to this clip. … Download |  Play Download |  Play (h/t Heather)
Discussion: Think Progress
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
POPLINE restricts the word ‘Abortion’ from the government funded database
John Tierney / TierneyLab:
Are Carbon Cuts Just A Fantasy?
Washington Post / On The Plane:
He's Outta There  —  BUCHAREST, Romania — Enough is enough, it seems.
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Clinton Denies Saying Obama ‘Cannot Win’; Aides Dispute Question
Matthew Yglesias:
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Joe Klein / Time:
The Patriotism Problem
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
McCain rejects Secret Service protection
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama's $40 Million Haul (And What It Means)
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Muslims Leaving Islam in Droves
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft starts testing ads inside the Start menu on Windows 11 in the Insider builds in the US, and says the app promotions can be disabled in Settings

Jonathan Greig / The Record:
Palo Alto Networks alerts customers that hackers are exploiting a zero-day in its popular GlobalProtect VPN product and promises a patch by April 14

Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI gives premium ChatGPT users access to an updated GPT-4 Turbo, promising “more direct, less verbose” responses that “use more conversational language”

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