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8:50 PM ET, April 5, 2008

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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 …
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Clay Barbour / Charlotte Observer:
Bill Clinton: N.C. now crucial  —  He says wife's bid to get nomination will hinge on Tar Heel state  —  Like it did in Texas and Ohio, the Clinton campaign for president has drawn a line in the sand, down the middle of the Tar Heel state.  —  Bill Clinton said Friday in Charlotte …
Discussion: Donklephant and MyDD
Jim Morrill / Charlotte Observer:
N.C. voters' top concern: Trust
Discussion: TalkLeft and Public Policy Polling
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina Democratic Primary
Discussion: Eunomia and Donklephant
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Clintons Made $109 Million in Last 8 Years
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
THE CLINTONS' FAVORITE CHARITY (CORRECTION APPENDED)
Discussion: Commentary, MSNBC and Hot Air
Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
Obama Campaign: “McCain Is Not A Warmonger”  —  Yesterday evening, Senator Barack Obama dropped by a fundraiser for North Dakota Democrats.  The campaign arranged with the state party to allow a print pool reporter to accompany the senator, but no cameras were allowed, which has been typical at fundraisers …
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Larry Rohter / The Caucus:
McCain Called a ‘Warmonger’ at Obama Appearance
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Spin Cycle
Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
Obama Visits State #48
Discussion: New York Times and Booman Tribune
John M. Broder / The Caucus:
Colombia to Penn: You're Fired  —  More fallout from the Mark Penn Colombia episode:  —  The Colombian government said on Saturday that it was ending its relationship with Burson-Marsteller, the global public relations firm headed by Mark Penn, who is also Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's pollster and chief strategist.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Colombia fires Penn  —  Mark Penn yesterday called his meeting with Colombia, a client of the firm he heads, an “error,” and the Colombian government, in a statement from its embassy, calls the notion that its hired gun won't meet with it “unacceptable,” and fires the firm.  —  Here's the statement:
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 …
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Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:   Fed Judge Orders Liens On Fred Phelps' Church, Law Office
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 …
Mark Silva / Baltimore Sun:
MCCAIN, OBAMA, CLINTON, PETRAEUS  —  Gen. David Petraeus' return engagement on Capitol Hill next week will be of particular interest to a few of the senators on committees hearing his testimony: Sens. McCain, Obama and Clinton.  —  McCain, as the AP's Liz Sidoti points out today …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Army Worried by Rising Stress of Return Tours to Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — Army leaders are expressing increased alarm about the mental health of soldiers who would be sent back to the front again and again under plans that call for troop numbers to be sustained at high levels in Iraq for this year and beyond.
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 …
The Daily Howler:
HOW WE GOT HERE!  McCain could still win it.  Here's why:  —  WHERE THE WH*RES ARE: In our view, it's been a sad and sobering week for “liberal” and “progressive” values.  We'll start with the suspension of Randi Rhodes, who displayed appalling bad judgment in letting us know “Where the Wh*res Are.”
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jeremy Waldron / lrb.co.uk:
Reality Check  — Worst-Case Scenarios by Cass Sunstein Buy this book  —  Two months after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, Dick Cheney was told about a meeting that Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri had had a month before the attacks around a campfire in Kandahar …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Crooked Timber
Associated Press:
Sen. Biden: Troop buildup is failure  —  WASHINGTON - A leading Democrat on Saturday declared last year's troop buildup in Iraq a failure.  —  Sen. Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the military push didn't succeed because U.S. troops remain committed …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Newshoggers.com
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
British fear US commander is beating the drum for Iran strikes  —  British officials gave warning yesterday that America's commander in Iraq will declare that Iran is waging war against the US-backed Baghdad government.  —  A strong statement from General David Petraeus about Iran's intervention …
Rick Maze / Army Times:
Lawmaker apologizes for comment on Iraq guard  —  A North Carolina congressman has apologized for calling a contract employee in Baghdad a “two-bit security guard.”  —  Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., used that term when talking about a visit to Iraq where he was denied access to a gymnasium.
Discussion: BlueNC, Cadillac Tight and Wizbang
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Olbermann Watch - Bonus Saturday Edition
Discussion: Hot Air and The News Buckit
 
 
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
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Damian Kulash Jr / New York Times:
Beware the New New Thing  —  RECENTLY, the House Judiciary …
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Phil Gramm: McCain's Terrorist In Pinstripes
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Looks like last call for Hillary
San Francisco Chronicle:
SNOOP DOGG BLASTS OBAMA
Gail Collins / New York Times:
White Guys Are Back  —  It was probably inevitable.
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
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