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12:45 AM ET, April 5, 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
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: Hot Air, Don Surber and The Jawa Report
Amanda / Think Progress:
Rep. McHenry calls U.S. soldier in Iraq a ‘two-bit security guard.’
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   “Two-bit security guard”? Update: A contractor, not a soldier
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   In Which I Answer A Question And Ask One
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Obama adviser: Keep 80,000 troops in Iraq
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
Discussion: MyDD, Salon and The Page
The Hill:
Dean says he is also committed to seating Michigan
Discussion: Wampum
Alex Dowdalls / Daily Mail:
Muslim is spared a speeding ban so he can drive between his two wives  —  When it comes to avoiding a ban for speeding, the courts hear every excuse in the book.  —  But yesterday one motorist offered what must be a unique reason why he should keep his licence.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / The Crypt's Blogs:
GOP lands top-tier recruit against Lautenberg  —  Biotech executive John Crowley is expected to enter the New Jersey Senate race against Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, according to a source familiar with his thinking.  It would give Republicans a candidate with a compelling personal narrative …
Jane Macartney / Times of London:
Exclusive: Chinese police kill eight after opening fire on monks and Tibet protesters  —  ‘They cried long live the Dalai Lama - then the firing started’  —  Chinese paramilitary police killed eight people and wounded dozens more when they fired on a protest by several hundred Tibetan monks and villagers, The Times has been told.
Discussion: Boing Boing and FP Passport
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama's Quandary  —  Margaret Carlson contends that Barack Obama has made two big errors in his campaign.  One was failing to recognize the impact of Rev. Wright's incendiary language The other was his failure at bowling.  She makes a good case that, in working-class, primarily white suburbs …
Susan Dominus / City Room:
This T-Shirt Is About Rape  —  In 2004, Jennifer Baumgardner distributed T-shirts with a bold message across their fronts in blocky blue text: “I Had an Abortion.”  More recently, the Williamsburg-based writer and activist decided to apply her T-shirt approach to consciousness-raising to the subject of rape.
Discussion: Pandagon, Althouse and New York Times
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.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
In An Absolut World:
In an ABSOLUT World according to Mexico  —  The In An Absolut World advertising campaign invites consumers to visualize a world that appeals to them — one they feel may be more idealized or one that may be a bit “fantastic.”  As such, the campaign will elicit varying opinions and points of view.
Marc Ambinder:
Is Rove Behind McCain's Tour?  —  Was John McCain's 'round the country biography tour Karl Rove's idea?  —  On Feb. 20, Rove spoke at the University of Pennsylvania, and, in response to a question, here's one of the things he said when asked what he would tell McCain to do …
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Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times: can be sued for violating fair housing laws, court rules
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Marian Wright Edelman / The Huffington Post:
Honoring King is Not Enough
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton returns: Assets and liabilities
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Phillip Inman / Guardian:
Lloyd's warns of a lack of natural disasters
Discussion: Wonk Room and Gristmill
Statement Regarding POPLINE Database
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Beeton / MyDD:
Hillary Clinton Los Angeles Fundraiser
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
When Liberalism's Moment Ended
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 Booman Tribune
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Voodoo Health Economics
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The DOJ comments on the Mukasey controversy
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama cuts into Clinton's superdelegate lead