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3:00 PM ET, April 4, 2008


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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.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Let's play, ‘Imagine If A Democrat Had Said This’  —  As a rule, insulting U.S. troops trying to keep you safe in Iraq doesn't seem like an especially good idea.  And yet, there was Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), one of Congress' most right-wing members, reflecting on his recent visit to Baghdad …
Carolina Politics Online:
McHenry Refers to Soldier as “Two Bit Security Guard”  —  The comment is about 40 seconds into the video.Lance Sigmon, McHenry's primary challenger, has released the following press release:
Discussion: Hot Air and Blue Girl, Red State
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:   Think Progress Screws Up Again
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   In Which I Answer A Question And Ask One
Atrios / Eschaton:
Deep Thought  —  I wonder how many two-bit security guards have been killed in
Discussion: Firedoglake
Juan Williams / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and King  —  Martin Luther King Jr. died at age 39; today, the 40th anniversary of his death, is the first time he has been gone longer than he lived.  —  Figures such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have tried to claim his place on the American stage.  But at most they have achieved fame and wealth.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Josh Drobnyk / Morning Call:
Second poll shows Clinton's Pennsylvania lead shrinking  —  49% of those asked favor her, compared with 38% for Obama.  —  Clinton holds an 11-point lead in Pennsylvania, down three percentage points from mid-February, according to a survey by The Morning Call/Muhlenberg College of 406 likely Democratic voters.
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.
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 …
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.
John Baer /
Obama could actually win this thing (the Pa. primary)  —  BARACK OBAMA had a pretty good week in Pennsylvania.  —  In a state that pollsters and analysts call tailor-made for Hillary Clinton, Obama is seriously challenging the fit.  —  So much so, some wonder if an unraveling's in the offing.
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Marc Ambinder:
Penn's Got Trouble  —  News that Hillary Clinton's chief strategist, Mark Penn, took a meeting with Columbian officials to talk about ways to advance a free trade deal is at once not surprising, given Penn's refusal to step down from his position as CEO of Burson-Marsteller.
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City Journal:
The Passivist  —  Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Terror suspects ‘planned to take children on suicide mission’
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Associated Press:
Secret Service: McCain Is Not Protected
Amanda / Think Progress:
Beck Rants Against Polar Bears: 'They Eat People! …
Discussion: and MSNBC
Matthew Yglesias:
Small City Urbanism
Discussion: Eschaton and Unfogged
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Voodoo Health Economics
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Hot Air Blowing Smoke
Discussion: Hot Air
Fox News:
U.N. Forecasters: Global Temperatures to Decrease
Discussion: Redstate, HazZzMat and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama cuts into Clinton's superdelegate lead
Discussion: The Swamp
The Bad Guys Come Out To Die
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘We are going to gain seats this year’
Timothy McNulty / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Certain defeat doesn't deter Ron Paul or his backers
Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Air America Host Suspended for Clinton Remarks
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Mugabe: I will quit, as long I do not face prosecution
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
The Fabulist Vs. the Saint
Discussion: Soccer Dad
Virginia Postrel / The Atlantic Online:
The Peril of Obama  —  Barack Obama has brought glamour …
Discussion: Commentary and Dynamist Blog

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Paris Hilton and her company 11:11 Media sign a partnership with X to create four original video content programs per year to promote X's Live Shopping product

Ellie Rushing / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Police say freelance journalist Josh Kruger was shot and killed inside his Philadelphia home at age 39; Kruger wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer and others

Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Jeff Zucker acquires a minority stake in newsletter startup Front Office Sports; source: the deal values the startup at ~$40M, up from $25M at the end of 2021

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