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1:25 PM ET, April 5, 2008


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Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Looks like last call for Hillary  —  And it looks like it's gonna be another sleepless night ... “  —  That's Crystal Gayle from the opening of her hit song, “Talking In Your Sleep,” No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts in 1978.  No, hang on a minute, it's Hillary Rodham Clinton's new campaign theme.
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Clintons Made $109 Million in Last 8 Years  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton released tax data Friday showing they earned $109 million over the last eight years, an ascent into the uppermost tier of American taxpayers that seemed unimaginable in 2001 …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
THE CLINTONS' FAVORITE CHARITY (CORRECTION APPENDED)  —  Yesterday the news was full of accounts of the Clintons' 2000-2006 tax returns.  At the top of the stories reporting the Clintons' total income of $109 million over the past eight years — as in the “deep background” …
Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
What Did Bill Clinton Do To Get $15M From Ron Burkle?  —  The campaign press statement accompanying the release on Friday of Hillary Clinton's 2000 - 2007 tax returns includes some useful summary data for the media: Bill and Hillary Clinton's total income over the past 8 years, $109 million …
Deep Background / MSNBC:   Clintons' wealth skyrockets by 5,700 percent
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
Ohio Hospital Contests a Story Clinton Tells  —  Over the last five weeks, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has featured in her campaign stump speeches the story of a health care horror: an uninsured pregnant woman who lost her baby and died herself after being denied care …
Washington Times:
Passport official quits amid probes  —  The State Department official in charge of U.S. passport services stepped down yesterday amid investigations into security breaches in the document records and overcharges for blank passports.  —  In the latest blow against the agency …
Discussion: A Blog For All
Passport Official to Leave Post  —  A State Department official in charge of passport services is stepping down two weeks after the agency said files of the three presidential candidates had been improperly accessed.  A department spokesman said Ann Barrett, the deputy assistant secretary …
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
Ben Smith / The Politico:
The Democratic veep prospects: A guide  —  Four years ago today, The New York Times reported that an adviser to John Kerry had completed interviews with four contenders for the vice presidential nomination.  —  Today, both Democratic campaigns are laughing off the notion of choosing a running mate …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
White Guys Are Back  —  It was probably inevitable.  The historic contest between a woman and an African-American for the presidential nomination is now all about white men.  —  Not that the white male voters asked for this.  They've been uncommitted, supporting Hillary in one contest and Barack in the next.
San Francisco Chronicle:
SNOOP DOGG BLASTS OBAMA  —  Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg has launched a scathing attack on U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama, accusing him of gleaning support from the Ku Klux Klan.  —  The rapper, real name Calvin Broadus Jr., insists the Democratic candidate has received funding from the KKK.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The Witchpointer-General  —  One of the striking features of my current troubles with Canada's “Human Rights” Commissions is the way, in the name of ersatz “human rights”, these pseudo-courts trample on one of the bedrock human rights: the presumption of innocence.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Carol Nader / The Age:
Call to switch onus on racist offences
Mike Hall / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Walls close in on Phelpses  —  Judge orders liens on church building, law office  —  A federal judge in Maryland on Thursday ordered liens on the Westboro Baptist Church building and the Phelps-Chartered Law office.  —  If the case presided over by U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett …
Damian Kulash Jr / New York Times:
Beware the New New Thing  —  RECENTLY, the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust task force invited me to be the lead witness for its hearing on “net neutrality.”  I've collaborated with the Future of Music Coalition, and my band, OK Go, has been among the first to find real success on the Internet …
Gallup Daily: Obama by 5 Points Over Clinton  —  McCain has a 1-percentage point advantage in general election preferences  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama holds a 5-percentage point advantage over Hillary Clinton in national Democratic voters' nomination preferences, at 49% to 44%.
Discussion: The Swamp
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Ukraine and Genocide  —  I find this controversy absolutely fascinating (which is why I will probably write a column about it).  The Ukrainians want to call the organized murder of Ukrainians “genocide.”  The Russians don't.  One of the things I find particularly interesting …
Steve Gutterman / Associated Press:
Russia: 1930s Famine Was Not Genocide
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg:
Obama Throws Gutter Ball, Clinton Plays Pals: Margaret Carlson  —  For his first time running a $200 million corporation, Barack Obama has done a good job.  No small vendors left behind in Iowa or New Hampshire with their bills unpaid, no newspaper stories about staff members screaming at one another …
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
The Trail  —  Clinton Aide Admits ‘Error in Judgment’
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Fernando Suarez / CBS News:
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John Marshall / Associated Press:
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Fox News:
McCain Gives Mea Culpa in Memphis Over Vote Against King Holiday
Jane Macartney / Times of London:
Exclusive: Chinese police kill eight after opening fire on monks …
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times: can be sued for violating fair housing laws, court rules
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Alex Dowdalls / Daily Mail:
Muslim is spared a speeding ban so he can drive between his two wives