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7:25 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.
Associated Press:
Clintons made nearly $109M since 2000  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Clinton made nearly $109 million since they left the White House, capitalizing on the world's interest in the former first couple and lucrative business ventures.
Discussion: Hot Air
The Trail:   Clintons Release Tax Returns
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Clinton Releases Tax Returns
Discussion: Power Line
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, Hot Air 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 …
Karl / protein wisdom:
ThinkProgress, Leftosphere get it wrong again; no correction so far  —  Amanda at ThinkProgress leads the blog buzz with her story of Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) belittling a US soldier in Iraq as a “two-bit security guard.”  The Leftosphere is on code red high dudgeon alert, mostly of the “imagine if a Democrat had said this” variety.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   In Which I Answer A Question And Ask One
Carolina Politics Online:
McHenry Refers to Soldier as “Two Bit Security Guard”
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
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
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, Salon and The Page
The Hill:
Dean says he is also committed to seating Michigan  —  After meeting with Florida Democratic leaders this week, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Howard Dean met with Michigan party leaders Friday, saying again he is “committed” to find a way to seat the two states' delegates at this summer's convention.
Discussion: Wampum
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Michigan revote, even deader
Discussion: History News Network
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Redstate and The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton returns: Assets and liabilities  —  A few notes on the Clinton tax returns, all noted by readers who have more eyes than I do.  —  First, a couple of things that could bite Hillary:  —  The returns show more than $50,000 in income (and $40,000 in losses) in 2006 from funds with the name Quellos …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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 …
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Ben / Think Progress:
Hagel: McCain too busy campaigning to deal with GI Bill.
USA Today:
IEDs go beyond Iraq, Afghanistan
Discussion: Danger Room
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: On Deadline
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
An Economic Cleansing  —  Recessions are part of capitalism.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder:
Is Rove Behind McCain's Tour?
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
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama cuts into Clinton's superdelegate lead