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7:45 PM ET, April 6, 2008


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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
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Clinton Chief Strategist Pushed Out  —  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Eloise Harper and Jake Tapper report: Mark Penn is giving up his role as chief strategist with Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in the wake of “the events of the past few days,” campaign manager Maggie Williams said.
Discussion: Political Punch and PunditGuy
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: Ben Smith's Blogs and Angry Bear
The Trail:
Penn Out as Clinton's Top Strategist
Matthew Yglesias:
Charlton Heston, not a very good actor but in his way a great one, has died.  To me, Planet of the Apes is vital, though your mileage may vary.  His political trajectory was a little silly, but also in a very fitting way utterly typical of the larger trajectory of American history.
Discussion: The G Spot
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 …
Associated Press:
Hollywood legend Charlton Heston dies at 84
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
David Germain / Associated Press:
Heston left cinematic, political mark
Discussion: Wizbang and The Colossus of Rhodey
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 …
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 …
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: Orcinus and Hullabaloo
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 …
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.
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Cancer-survivor McCain will get docs to say he's fit to be Prez  —  Seventy-one-year-old John McCain has used his age mostly as a laugh line on the campaign trail, joking he's as “old as dirt” and has “more scars than Frankenstein.”  —  But Team McCain is quietly starting to get serious …
Alec MacGillis / The Trail:
Obama Steers Clear of ‘Warmonger’ Talk
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Hot Air and FOX Embeds
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 …
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, according to Republican Strategist Dan Senor.  “Condi Rice has been actively, actually in recent weeks …
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New York Times:
Some Truth About Trade  —  There's nothing like international trade …
Discussion: Roger L. Simon and TalkLeft
United States Institute of Peace:
USIPeace Briefing
Discussion: The Swamp
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Dems: Time to shift terror efforts
Robyn E. Blumner / St. Petersburg Times:
Where's the justice in this department?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Ben Leapman / Telegraph:
Immigration has reduced jobs for Britons
Simon Jenkins / Times of London:
Stand up, for today you can force China through a tunnel of shame
Discussion: Guardian, The Corner and normblog
Dan Morain / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's lawyer days: brief and not all civil rights
Discussion: The Page
Ben / Think Progress:
Rove's Electoral Maps Highlight Cozy Relationship Between Rove, McCain, And Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
Hugh Hewitt / TownHall Blog:
Senator Obama: What Would You Do About The Qods Force?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Associated Press fails to reveal Mukasey's favorite color
Discussion: protein wisdom
Eli Sanders / Slog:
Oh, Those 43rd District Democrats
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Chris Matthews Show: Andrew Sullivan Calls Rumsfeld …
Discussion: American Power
Karl / protein wisdom:
Down goes Yglesias!  Down goes Yglesias!  —  TNR's James Kirchick …
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Vocal on War, McCain Is Silent on Son's Service
Discussion: Hot Air and PoliGazette
Come, O Come, Emanuel
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Housing Crisis Hits Its Own