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8:35 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)  —  UPDATE — 4:15 p.m.: A Clinton campaign source just confirmed to The Fix that the New York Senator collected $20 million in the month of March, roughly half the total amount collected by Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) over the same time frame.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Clinton Raises $20 Million in March
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jacqueline Klingebiel / Political Radar:
Clinton Fundraising For March
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Randi Rhodes Suspended After Calling Hillary ‘Big F***ing Whore’  —  WHORE-ABLE INSULTS  —  Unhinged Rhodes Stand-Up Routine Results In Suspension  —  *** BREAKING NEWS - MORE NEW DETAILS BELOW ***  —  An unhinged tirade by Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes has led to an unprecedented suspension …
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!
Discussion: Say Anything
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
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
The New Art of Inventing Gaffes
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.
Ed OKeefe / Political Punch:
Gov. Rendell: There's 50% About Barack Obama We Don't Know Yet
Discussion: Donklephant and The Page
Marc Ambinder:
Donations to DCCC Spike after Clinton Threat To Pelosi
Discussion: MyDD and TalkLeft
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 …
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.
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 …
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Conyers, Judiciary Members Demand Answers from Attorney General on 9/11 Surveillance  —  Today Members of the Judiciary Committee wrote a letter (pdf) to Attorney General Mukasey regarding recent comments on 9/11 surveillance.  —  From the Judiciary Committee:
Discussion: Emptywheel, TPMMuckraker and Daily Kos
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
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 …
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 …
Joe Klein / Time:
The Patriotism Problem  —  When he was really rolling in February, Barack Obama would close every speech with a peroration about the importance of hope.  The setup always seemed a bit defensive to me — an attack on the pundits and party elders who thought he was too idealistic, a “hopemonger” …
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 …
Matthew Yglesias:
Heritage  —  It seems that April is Confederate Heritage month.  Why one would want to celebrate a heritage of violent rebellion against a democratically elected government in order to perpetuate a system of chattel slavery is a bit hard for me to say.  —  When I was growing up in New York City …
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 …
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Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Clinton Denies Saying Obama ‘Cannot Win’
Rick Perlstein / The Nation:
All Aboard the McCain Express
Discussion: Eschaton
Karen Houppert / The Nation:
Another KBR Rape Case
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
‘NY Times’ Scribe Withholds Byline on Page One Story — Then OKs It
Discussion: The New Republic
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True Bravery: Burning the Qur'an in Iran
Jeremy Lott / The Politico:
The case for Vice President Coburn
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Ross Douthat:
John McCain As Bob Dole
Hotline On Call:
Net Loss 6,700 GOP Voters In NC
 Earlier Items: 
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Aides' private info exposed
Discussion: The Swamp
Harvey / IMAO.US:
Ask al-Zawahri!  —  Last year, Osama's cabana boy Ayman al …
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
NATO Has Jumped the Shark
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Eunomia
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
McCain rejects Secret Service protection
Discussion: Hot Air and The Page
Mike Celizic / MSNBC:
Mom lets 9-year-old take subway home alone
Discussion: Eschaton, Unfogged and Shakesville
Washington Times:
Barr bid could hurt McCain
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Carter hints at Obama backing