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9:40 AM ET, April 4, 2008

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New York Times:
81% in Poll Say Nation Is Headed on the Wrong Track  —  Americans are more dissatisfied with the country's direction than at any time since the New York Times/CBS News poll began asking about the subject in the early 1990s, according to the latest poll.  —  In the poll, 81 percent of respondents …
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Ed Ronco / South Bend Tribune:
Poll: Clinton, Obama neck and neck in Hoosier state  —  Obama is choice for 81 percent of black Democratic primary voters.  —  Sen. Barack Obama has a huge lead among younger voters in Indiana, Sen. Hillary Clinton holds the same lead with voters older than 60, and both candidates …
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Clinton Camp Feels Spent, and Outspent  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton spent a second straight day holding fundraisers in California yesterday as part of an all-out effort to keep pace with the record amounts of money raised by Sen. Barack Obama, whose campaign announced that it pulled …
New York Times:
Obama's Support Softens, Poll Shows  —  Senator Barack Obama's support among Democrats nationally has softened over the last month — particularly among men and upper-income voters — as voters have taken a slightly less positive view of him than they did after his burst of victories in February …
Associated Press:
Poll shows tight state primary race between Clinton, Obama  —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are running about even in their race to win Indiana's May 6 primary, according to a new statewide poll released Thursday.  —  The poll commissioned by WSBT-TV in South Bend …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Page
Shailagh Murray / The Trail:   A Flush Obama Campaign Pulls Out All the Stops
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
The Fabulist Vs. the Saint
Discussion: Soccer Dad
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Race Steady at Obama 49%, Clinton 46%
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   NEW CBS/NYT SOUNDING
New York Times:
More Than 1,000 in Iraq's Forces Quit Basra Fight  —  BAGHDAD — More than 1,000 Iraqi soldiers and policemen either refused to fight or simply abandoned their posts during the inconclusive assault against Shiite militias in Basra last week, a senior Iraqi government official said Thursday.
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Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Report: Security in Iraq is improving  —  WASHINGTON - A new classified intelligence assessment on Iraq says there has been significant progress in security since the last assessment was delivered in August, a senior military official said.  —  In most ways the new National Intelligence Estimate hews closely …
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
New York Times:
U.S. Study Finds Progress in Iraq, but Fragile Security and Potential …
Discussion: Washington Post and SWJ Blog
Michael Wines / New York Times:
New Signs of Mugabe Crackdown in Zimbabwe  —  Zimbabwe's government staged separate police raids on Thursday against the main opposition party, foreign journalists and at least one democracy advocate, raising the specter of a broad crackdown aimed at keeping the country's imperiled leaders in power.
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Times of London:
Zimbabwe: the backlash begins as paramilitaries launch raids  —  Catherine Philp and Jan Raath in Harare  —  The ebbing regime of Robert Mugabe began its fightback in earnest last night, launching raids against opposition offices and foreign journalists in what many feared was the start of a campaign of intimidation.
Discussion: Guardian, normblog and Harry's Place
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Mugabe: I will quit, as long I do not face prosecution
Discussion: Hot Air and A Blog For All
Washington Wire:
McCain, Clinton Head to Memphis for MLK Anniversary  —  Laura Meckler and Nick Timiraos report on the presidential race.  —  Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton, possible opponents in the fall campaign, will both be in Memphis Friday to mark the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Lean Left
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Susan Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Adviser's Colombia Talks  —  Penn Met to Discuss Free-Trade Pact  —  Fought by Senator  —  Hillary Clinton's chief campaign strategist met with Colombia's ambassador to the U.S. on Monday to discuss a bilateral free-trade agreement, a pact the presidential candidate opposes.
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!
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Randi Rhodes Suspended After Calling Hillary ‘Big F***ing Whore’
Nature:
Dangerous assumptions  —  Roger Pielke, Jr1, Tom Wigley2 & Christopher Green3  — Roger Pielke Jr is in the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0488, USA.  — Christopher Green is in the Department of Economics, McGill University, Montreal H3A 2T7, Canada.
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John Tierney / TierneyLab:
Are Carbon Cuts Just a Fantasy?
Discussion: Nature, Climate Progress and Gristmill
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Employers slashed 80,000 jobs in March  —  WASHINGTON - Employers buffeted by talk of recession slashed 80,000 jobs in March, the most in five years and the third straight month of losses.  —  At the same time, the national unemployment rate rose from 4.8 percent to 5.1 percent …
Discussion: Angry Bear and AMERICAblog
Boston Globe:
McCain returns $3m in checks as he considers public funding  —  In another sign that John McCain is moving toward accepting public financing this fall, the Republican's campaign is returning about $3 million in checks to contributors who have given money for his general election campaign …
Discussion: The Page
Washington Post:
McCain Holds Off on Secret Service Protection  —  Weeks after clinching the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) still has no Secret Service protection and has not requested it, the head of the agency told Congress yesterday.  —  Director Mark Sullivan …
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Basra Assault Exposed U.S., Iraqi Limits  —  When Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki launched an offensive in Basra last week, he consulted only his inner circle of advisers.  There were no debates in parliament or among his political allies.  Senior American officials were notified only a few days before the operation began.
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Michelle Malkin:
Absolut arrogance and the advertising agency behind the reconquista ad  —  You know what has been heartening the past two days as reaction to the Absolut Reconquista ad continues to pour in?  The fact that so many of you still take our sovereignty seriously and are willing to give voice to your concerns without apologizing for it.
 
 
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