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6:50 PM ET, April 4, 2008


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Hillary and Bill Clinton Tax Returns  —  Statement of Jay Carson  —  Today Senator Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton are releasing their tax returns for the years 2000 through 2006, and are providing information regarding their 2007 taxes as well.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Clintons report $20.4M in 2007 income  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Clinton reported $20.4 million in income for 2007 and more than $109 million since 2000 as they gave the public the most detailed look at their finances in eight years.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Clinton Releases Tax Returns  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, earned $109 million between 2000 and 2007, according to returns released by her presidential campaign moments ago.  —  “The Clintons have now made public thirty years of tax returns …
Discussion: Power Line
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama cuts into Clinton's superdelegate lead
Discussion: Political Machine and The Caucus
The Trail:   Clintons Release Tax Returns
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Think Progress Screws Up Again  —  Last week Think Progress blogger Amanda accused John McCain of plagiarizing a speech from Admiral Timothy Ziemer only to retract the story hours later.  Amanda, last name unknown, had failed to check with McCain's office before running her “exclusive,” …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Don Surber
Amanda / Think Progress:
Rep. McHenry calls U.S. soldier in Iraq a ‘two-bit security guard.’  —  During a public appearance on Saturday, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) belittled a U.S. soldier in Iraq who was following orders and wouldn't let McHenry go to the gym without the proper credentials.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
“Two-bit security guard”?  Update: A contractor, not a soldier  —  Regardless of which party a politician calls his own, insulting the troops stationed overseas — especially in a war zone — approaches the limits of stupidity.  Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) called a soldier pulling guard duty a …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   In Which I Answer A Question And Ask One
Carolina Politics Online:   McHenry Refers to Soldier as “Two Bit Security Guard”
Karl / protein wisdom:   ThinkProgress, Leftosphere get it wrong again; no correction so far
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Obama Adviser Calls for Troops To Stay in Iraq Through 2010  —  WASHINGTON — A key adviser to Senator Obama's campaign is recommending in a confidential paper that America keep between 60,000 and 80,000 troops in Iraq as of late 2010, a plan at odds with the public pledge of the Illinois senator …
Think Progress:
McCain Faces ‘A Little Bit Of Heckling’ During MLK Speech  —  Today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Memphis to commemorate the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. As ThinkProgress has noted, as a congressman in 1983, McCain voted against legislation creating MLK Day.
Statement Regarding POPLINE Database  —  I was informed this morning that the word “abortion” was blocked as a search term in the POPLINE family planning database administered by the Bloomberg School's Center for Communication Programs.  POPLINE provides evidence-based information …
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Clinton Donors Press Dean at Fifth Avenue Bundler Summit  —  Leading donors to the Clinton and Obama campaigns sat down together last night with DNC chairman Howard Dean at a meeting at the Fifth Avenue apartment of super-bundlers Maureen White and Steven Rattner.
Discussion: Trailhead and TPM Election Central
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
And the next GOP primary begins  —  A group of social conservatives have launched an effort to keep Mitt Romney off John McCain's ticket.  —  Under the rubric of an obscure PAC called “Government Is Not God,” a coalition of longtime Romney opponents and past supporters of Mike Huckabee …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
No Consensus Favorite Among Republicans for McCain VP
Discussion: Redstate and Donklephant
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Voodoo Health Economics  —  Elizabeth Edwards has cancer.  John McCain has had cancer in the past.  Last weekend, Mrs. Edwards bluntly pointed out that neither of them would be able to get insurance under Mr. McCain's health care plan.  —  It's about time someone said that and, more generally …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The DOJ comments on the Mukasey controversy  —  (updated below)  —  In response to the growing controversy over plainly misleading comments by Attorney General Michael Mukasey last week in San Francisco, and in response to the questions I submitted, the DOJ's Peter Carr …
Hillary Clinton / Rasmussen Reports:
What If Democrats Used Winner Take All?  —  A Commentary by Wesley Little  —  Even as the Obama and Clinton campaigns fight frantically to establish the appropriate yard-stick by which to judge the will of the American people, one fact has been largely ignored: Obama's significant delegate lead …
Ariel Alexovich / The Caucus:
New Michigan Primary: It's Really Most Sincerely Dead  —  There'll be no primary re-vote in Michigan, the state's Democratic party announced today.  —  In a phone meeting, Michigan party executives decided that such a move “is not practical.”  The decision isn't much of a surprise …
Discussion: MyDD and Salon
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
An Economic Cleansing  —  Recessions are part of capitalism.  They happen every so often.  We've had two in the last 25 years.  And it looks like we are entering a third one after today's jobs-loss report.  —  The unemployment rate went up to 5.1 percent.  Non-farm payrolls have fallen for three straight months.
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Clinton returns: Assets and liabilities
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Friday Senate Line: Schumer Sets Expectations?
Phillip Inman / Guardian:
Lloyd's warns of a lack of natural disasters
Discussion: Wonk Room and Gristmill
Susan Dominus / City Room:
This T-Shirt Is About Rape
Discussion: Pandagon and New York Times
Washington Post:
Administration Asserted a Terror Exception on Search and Seizure
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
‘AN ERROR IN JUDGMENT’  —  From NBC's John Boxley
Marc Ambinder:
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Todd Beeton / MyDD:
Hillary Clinton Los Angeles Fundraiser
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
When Liberalism's Moment Ended
Matthew Yglesias:
The Snitchin' Candidate  —  Everything about this John McCain ad …
Tricia Bishop / Baltimore Sun:
Marylander gets big slice of Web pie
City Journal:
The Passivist  —  Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Beck Rants Against Polar Bears: 'They Eat People! …
Discussion:, MSNBC and Gristmill
Matthew Yglesias:
Small City Urbanism
Discussion: Eschaton and Unfogged
Boston Globe:
McCain returns $3m in checks as he considers public funding