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8:00 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 …
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
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 …
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.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   David Gregory says Bush showed good judgement for not invading …
Satyam / Think Progress:   Gregory: Bush 'didn't jump to invade Iraq' after 9/11.
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” …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Clinton backers: She must win popular vote  —  (CNN) — Two prominent supporters of Hillary Clinton suggested Thursday the New York senator needs to best rival Barack Obama in the total popular vote to have any chance at winning her party's presidential nomination.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Shocker — Republican Pundits Now Prefer Clinton!  —  Noam links to an interview with Karl Rove, and notes that “Rove is pretty down on Obama, and actually somewhat sympathetic to Hillary.  Though he doesn't explicitly say why.”  Gee, could it be that Obama is going to be the Democratic nominee, and Clinton isn't?
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: TPMMuckraker and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: The Page and The Democratic Daily
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 …
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” …
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.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
‘NY Times’ Scribe Withholds Byline on Page One Story — Then OKs It  —  NEW YORK If you saw Barry Bearak's Page One story in The New York Times about Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe online late Tuesday or in some early Wednesday print editions, you might not have known he wrote it.
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
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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Matthew Yglesias:
Heritage  —  It seems that April is Confederate Heritage month.
Karen Houppert / The Nation:
Another KBR Rape Case
Rick Perlstein / The Nation:
All Aboard the McCain Express
Discussion: Eschaton
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
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Aides' private info exposed
Discussion: The Swamp
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
NATO Has Jumped the Shark
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Eunomia
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
McCain rejects Secret Service protection
Discussion: Hot Air and The Page
Marc Ambinder:
Donations to DCCC Spike after Clinton Threat To Pelosi
Discussion: MyDD and TalkLeft
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
AGAINST THE MACHINE....Atrios and Ari Melber remind me today …
Mike Celizic / MSNBC:
Mom lets 9-year-old take subway home alone
Discussion: Eschaton, Unfogged and Shakesville
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
When Did The Pledged Delegate Count Become The Holy Grail?
Washington Times:
Barr bid could hurt McCain
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Carter hints at Obama backing