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4:15 PM ET, April 3, 2008


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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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama's $40 Million Haul (And What It Means)  —  Sen. Barack Obama raised better than $40 million for his presidential campaign in the month of March alone, bringing his total raised for the first three months of 2008 to a staggering $134 million.  —  “Today we're seeing the American people's …
Discussion: The New Republic and Wonkette
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Clinton Raises $20 Million in March
Discussion: Firedoglake
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
In Speeches, Clinton Often Veers to Dark Side
Discussion: Corrente, The Room and MyDD
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: TWO DIFFERENT MAPS  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Two different maps: On TODAY and Morning Joe, NBC's Tim Russert took at a stab at November's electoral map.  And this morning, we do the same, to show how different Clinton's and Obama's paths to 270 are.
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
BARACK'S A LOST CAUSE: HILL  —  VAIN BID TO WIN RICHARDSON'S SUPPORT  —  WASHINGTON - While lobbying for his endorsement, Hillary Rodham Clinton flatly told New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson that Barack Obama could not win the presidency if he got the Democratic nomination.  —  “He cannot win, Bill.
NY Daily News:
GOP under fire from everywhere after 9/11 comments  —  WASHINGTON - The California congressman who called the Sept. 11 attacks “simply” a plane crash ran for cover Wednesday under a barrage of ridicule from fellow Republicans, first responders and victims' families.
Satyam / Think Progress:
Gregory: Bush 'didn't jump to invade Iraq' after 9/11.  —  Yesterday, on MSNBC's Hardball, David Gregory exonerated President Bush for his misguided invasion of Iraq, saying there's “not a lot of argument” that Bush “had the right response to 9/11.”  Gregory commended Bush for not immediately …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   David Gregory says Bush showed good judgement for not invading …
Washington Times:
Barr bid could hurt McCain  —  Can a conservative former congressman who helped impeach President Clinton, is a board member of the National Rifle Association and has done contract work with the ACLU dent Sen. John McCain's presidential bid?  —  That's exactly what Mr. McCain would face if Bob Barr …
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” …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
The New Art of Inventing Gaffes
Anita Vogel / Fox News:
Student Sues ‘Anti-Christian’ Teacher Over Remarks in Class  —  A student and his family have filed a federal lawsuit demanding that a popular European history teacher at California's Capistrano Valley High School be fired for what they say were anti-Christian remarks he made in the classroom.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
When Did The Pledged Delegate Count Become The Holy Grail?  How The Obama Camp and NBC Made It So  —  It is one of the most interesting phenomenas of this campaign and the Obama camp deserves great credit for this spin achievement - the turning of the pledged delegate count into the Holy Grail of this campaign.
Michael Barone / US News:
In Terms of Geography, Obama Appeals to Academics and Clinton Appeals to Jacksonians  —  In reviewing the maps of the Democratic primary results, in Dave Leip's electoral atlas, I was struck by the narrow geographic base of Barack Obama's candidacy.  In state after state …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Carter hints at Obama backing  —  The Nigerian paper This Day reports that the former president all but came out for Obama, speaking to reporters in that country: … He was in Abuja, the paper reports, for the Carter Center awards for guinea worm eradication.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
For McCain, son's duty in Iraq is not a talking point  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) regularly talks about his military experience on the presidential campaign trail, but he draws the line when asked about his sons' service in the armed forces.  —  Jimmy McCain, 19, who returned from Iraq in mid-February …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
McCain rejects Secret Service protection  —  Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) may be the presumptive GOP nominee for president, but, by his own wishes, he is not being protected by the Secret Service.  —  “He has not requested protection,” Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told a congressional subcommittee this morning.
Discussion: The Page
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 …
Discussion: The Corner and On Deadline
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Tax returns coming  —  Clinton aide Howard Wolfson suggested that Hillary's tax returns will be out today or tomorrow:  —  “She said late last week that they would be out within a week and so you can count on that,” he said.  —  Wolfson also said Clinton's fundraising totals would be out when the filings are due, around April 20.
Andrew Walden / Pajamas Media:
Muslims Leaving Islam in Droves  —  Pope Benedict's choice to publicly baptize the most prominent Muslim in Italy, Egyptian-born Magdi Allam, highlights a quiet worldwide exodus from Islam.  In recent years, millions have moved on.  With this high-profile action, Pope Benedict demonstratively blesses …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and TigerHawk
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
DNC convention stance surprises campaigns  —  The Democratic National Committee said Tuesday that Florida and Michigan members will be seated on the three standing committees — including the critical Credentials Committee—at the party's 2008 national convention, a position that could affect the selection of the Democratic nominee.
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain shies away from religion talk
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Banks: Planned Net-gambling curb could disrupt e-commerce
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
John Edwards says would not accept VP nomination
Joe Klein / Time:
The Patriotism Problem
Ben / Think Progress:
Graham Claims McCain Has Done ‘Even More’ Than Al Gore On Global Warming
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Wonkette and Hot Air
Fast Start for Soft Money Groups in 2008 Election
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Murtha: Clinton Cannot Win Nomination Without Popular Vote
Discussion: TalkLeft
Marc Ambinder:
Donations to DCCC Spike after Clinton Threat To Pelosi
Discussion: MyDD and TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
AGAINST THE MACHINE....Atrios and Ari Melber remind me today …
The Huffington Post:
Gen. Wesley Clark, Jon Soltz and Robert Greenwald: Tell McCain …
Discussion: VetVoice
Mike Celizic / MSNBC:
Mom lets 9-year-old take subway home alone
Discussion: Eschaton, Unfogged and Shakesville
The Clinton Tax Returns: What Will They Reveal?
Carolyn Jones / San Francisco Chronicle:
Calls renewed to fix Berkeley's citizen boards
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Gateway Pundit:
Drink Absolut Vodka— Bring Back Mythical Aztlan
Ann Coulter / Human Events:
Obama's Dimestore ‘Mein Kampf’
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and TigerHawk