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8:35 PM ET, April 6, 2008

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Zzaki / Political Radar:
Clinton Chief Strategist Pushed Out  —  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Jake Tapper and Eloise Harper Report: Mark Penn has been pushed out as chief strategist of Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign after his work on a Colombian free-trade agreement that Clinton opposes, sources tell ABC News.
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Ari Melber / The Nation:
CLINTON DROPS PENN, SORT OF...  After months of criticism and allegations of conflicts of interest swirling around Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton's “chief strategist,” the Clinton Campaign announced on Sunday that Penn is losing his title.  A terse statement from campaign manager Maggie Williams says:
Discussion: Firedoglake and Crooks and Liars
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Penn sidelined  —  The knives have been out in Hillarlyland for Mark Penn for years, but today they finally cut through.  —  In a statement, campaign manager Maggie Williams linked the departure to Mark Penn's meeting last week with the government of Colombia, a private client …
Discussion: The Swamp and TPM Election Central
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Penn out as Clinton senior strategist  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Mark Penn, the pollster and senior strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid, left the campaign Sunday after it was disclosed he met with representatives of the Colombian government to help promote a free trade agreement Clinton opposes.
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
PENN QUITS CLINTON PERCH  —  Mark Penn is out as Hillary Clinton's chief strategist.  —  Penn is a pollster who has guided the campaign's message - and clashed over it with other top campaign officials - since Clinton announced her candidacy more than a year ago.
Discussion: Angry Bear
CNN:
Clinton's top strategist quits  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton's chief presidential campaign strategist is quitting his post amid criticism of his public relations firm's contacts with the Colombian government over a pending free-trade deal, Clinton's campaign announced.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Balloon Juice
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Mark Penn Out  —  From the Clinton campaign:
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
John M. Broder / New York Times:   Chief Strategist of Clinton Campaign Steps Down
The Trail:
Penn Out as Clinton's Top Strategist
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and The Reaction
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
CNN Reporter Doesn't Know The Difference Between A Legitimate Question & Heckling, Defends McCain.  Again.  —  It is such an indictment on the pathetic notions of journalism from a journalist-especially when it comes to dealing with media darling John McCain-that CNN reporter Jim Acosta …
Discussion: TBogg, Orcinus and Hullabaloo
Fernando Suarez / CBS News:
Fiery Clinton Fields Tough Questions at Campaign Rally  —  From CBS News' Fernando Suarez:  —  EUGENE, ORE. — During a campaign stop in Oregon, Hillary Clinton fielded testier questions from the audience, more so than she has in quite a while.  It was a typical campaign rally …
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Jaketapper / Political Punch:
In Oregon, Clinton Makes False Claim About Her Iraq Record Vs. Obama's  —  In Eugene, Ore., Saturday.  Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., attempted to change the measure by which anyone might assess who criticized the Iraq war first, her or Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., by saying those keeping records …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Anti-McCain groups lag in fundraising  —  Democratic talk of an early, hard-hitting campaign to “define” and tar Arizona Sen. John McCain appears to have fizzled for lack of money, leading to a quiet round of finger-pointing among Democratic operatives and donors as McCain assembles a campaign and a public image relatively unmolested.
Discussion: Don Surber
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Robert Berkvist / New York Times:
Charlton Heston, Epic Film Star and Voice of N.R.A., Dies at 84  —  Charlton Heston, who appeared in some 100 films in his 60-year acting career but who is remembered chiefly for his monumental, jut-jawed portrayals of Moses, Ben-Hur and Michelangelo, died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills …
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Jonathan Leake / Times of London:
Coming soon: superfast internet  —  THE internet could soon be made obsolete.  The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds.  —  At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection …
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Radar:
Dan Senor: Condoleezza Rice Is Pursuing the VP Spot  —  ABCNews' Mary Bruce Reports: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is actively courting the vice presidential nomination, Republican strategist Dan Senor said.  —  “Condi Rice has been actively, actually in recent weeks, campaigning for this …
Ben Adler / The Politico:
No campus surge for Obama in Pa.  —  With 159 colleges and universities and approximately 680,000 students, Pennsylvania's campus vote would appear to be Barack Obama's ace in the hole in the state's April 22 primary.  —  Yet in a tough contest where Obama will need every vote he can get …
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain repeats false claim ‘Sadr declared the ceasefire.’  —  Appearing on Fox News Sunday this morning Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) repeated the false claim that Muqtada al-Sadr declared the ceasefire in Basra last week, which he pointed to as proof that Sadr didn't “think he was winning” the battle in Basra.
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Gateway Pundit:
Veteran Sentenced For Desecrating Mexican Flag at UNM Campus  —  Last fall the campus group La Raza flew the The Mexican Flag over the UNM campus for several days—  This symbolizes that a US territory has been taken over.  —  After complaining to campus officials who did nothing Air …
 
 
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