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11:20 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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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.
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 Hillaryland 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
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Chief Strategist of Clinton Campaign Steps Down  —  ALBUQUERQUE — Mark Penn, the architect of much of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, has been replaced as the campaign's chief strategist in the wake of revelations that he lobbied on behalf of a trade treaty with Colombia that Mrs. Clinton opposes.
Discussion: Time, Commentary, The Caucus and The Page
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
Discussion: TalkLeft and Balloon Juice
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Mark Penn Out  —  From the Clinton campaign:
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
The Trail:
Penn Out as Clinton's Top Strategist
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and The Reaction
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 …
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, TBogg and Hullabaloo
Omar Khdhayyir / Gorilla's Guides:
Throughout the country by 21:30 the GZG authorities admitted to 25 dead and 57 wounded.  There is very heavy fighting going on in Sadr city.  The Americans have it under siege and are refusing all access to the city.  American helicopters have bombed the city repeatedly.
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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 …
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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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
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 …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
A WORD FROM OUR MAN IN BAGHDAD  —  One of our most faithful readers writes from Baghdad, where he is serving as an officer in the Army Reserve: … Our reader has asked us to preserve his anonymity, for obvious reasons.  We salute his service and note that his observations provide …
 
 
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