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12:30 AM ET, April 7, 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.
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:
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
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:
Top Clinton Aide Leaving His Post Under Pressure  —  ALBUQUERQUE — Mark Penn, the pollster who has advised Bill and Hillary Clinton since 1996, stepped down under pressure on Sunday as the chief political strategist for Mrs. Clinton's struggling presidential campaign after his private business …
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE and Gateway Pundit
Clinton's top strategist quits
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Dylan Loewe / The Huffington Post:   Mark Penn Finally Fired
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:   Mark Penn Out  —  From the Clinton campaign:
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Discussion: Angry Bear
The Trail:
Penn Out as Clinton's Top Strategist
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 …
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Spiritual Side Of Atheism  —  I finally read Hitch's book on God a little while before my breather.  I'm relieved to say I liked it much more than I was expecting to.  A huge amount of his criticism of organized religion over the centuries is surely valid.  I feel no hesitation in agreeing.
Discussion: The American Scene
Siun / Firedoglake:
Lessons Not Learned  —  Last week, Maliki and his cronies were blocked by Sadr's fighters.  This week, US forces are taking their place, maintaining a siege force around Sadr City and attempting to defeat Sadr's Mahdi army with both air strikes and sweeps into this Baghdad nationalist stronghold.
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, American Power and Althouse
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.
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No campus surge for Obama in Pa.
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain repeats false claim ‘Sadr declared the ceasefire.’
Dan Morain / Los Angeles Times:
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Ben / Think Progress:
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Fernando Suarez / CBS News:
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