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5:30 PM ET, April 7, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Iraq and Its Costs  —  When Gen. David Petraeus testifies before Congress tomorrow, he will step into an American political landscape dramatically different from the one he faced when he last spoke on Capitol Hill seven months ago.  —  This time Gen. Petraeus returns to Washington having led …
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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Neocons Preparing The Ground For Petraeus Testimony By Hyping Threat Of Iran  —  A story yesterday in Britain's Sunday Times suggested that General David Petraeus “is expected to tell Congress [that] Iranian forces were involved in the recent battle for Basra” when he testifies before Congress this week.
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
ADVANCE COPY OF PETRAEUS' TESTIMONY TO CONGRESS
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Gareth Porter / IPS Inter Press Service:
US/IRAQ: Petraeus Testimony to Defend False “Proxy War” Line
Marc Ambinder:
Penn: Never Out, Still In  —  Demoted Hillary Clinton strategist Mark Penn may no longer have the coveted title of chief strategist, but he remains a key member of the campaign's senior staff.  —  Mr. Penn took part on the campaign's morning message call this morning, as usual.
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Obama May Not Have Fully Contained Damage From Ex-Pastor  —  Sen. Barack Obama's Philadelphia speech on race relations last month seemed to put the controversial remarks of his former pastor behind him.  But three weeks later, there is evidence of lingering damage.
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Sean Wilentz / Salon:
If the system made sense, Clinton would be far ahead  —  Under a winner-take-all primary system, Hillary Clinton would have a wide lead over Barack Obama — and enough delegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination by June.  —  Hillary Clinton celebrates with supporters …
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
No Really, You Should Go  —  Wretched rationalizations for Hillary Clinton's kamikaze campaign.  —  Last week, Senator Pat Leahy suggested that Hillary Clinton ought to quit the presidential race.  How insensitive!  How boorish!  Pundits gasped, Clinton took umbrage …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Moves to 9-point Lead Over Clinton  —  McCain, Obama remain tied in general election trial heat  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has gained support in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report for April 4-6, and now leads Hillary Clinton by a statistically significant margin, 52% to 43%.
Marc Ambinder:
Ex-Clinton Insider Launches Unity Ticket Drive  —  Hillary/Obama '08 becomes official today.  In a way.  —  A Clinton insider who served as ex campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle's executive assistant for several years has set up a new website, http://www.voteboth.com/ and plans to register with the Federal Election Commission today.
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Frank James / Baltimore Sun:
CLINTON MAN'S OBAMA MOMENT
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Grains Gone Wild  —  These days you hear a lot about the world financial crisis.  But there's another world crisis under way — and it's hurting a lot more people.  —  I'm talking about the food crisis.  Over the past few years the prices of wheat, corn, rice and other basic foodstuffs …
Chicago Tribune:
Representative tries to put the fear of God in atheist  —  Did you hear about the state legislator who last week blasted a Lutheran minister during a committee hearing for spewing dangerous religious superstitions, and then attempted to order the minister out of the witness chair on the grounds …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Cokie Roberts speaks out on the war on behalf of the American people  —  The single most dishonest and propagandistic tactic of establishment journalists is to take their own opinion and assert as a fact that “most Americans” agree with them, even when that assertion is indisputably false.
Matthew Yglesias:
Worst President Ever  —  In a History News Network poll, 61 percent of historians say that George W. Bush has been the worst president ever.  It's very hard to know what to make of these kind of questions.  How can you possibly try to evaluate someone like, say, Andrew Jackson in contemporary terms?
The Huffington Post:
MAYHILL FOWLER  —  BIO Become a Fan Get Email Alerts Similar Bloggers  —  Last night at a fundraiser in San Francisco, Barack Obama took a question on what he's looking for in a running mate.  “I would like somebody who knows about a bunch of stuff that I'm not as expert on,” he said, and then he was off and running.
 
 
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Sam Dagher / Christian Science Monitor:
IRAQI OLYMPIANS DODGE VIOLENCE AND POLITICS ON THE PATH TO BEIJING
Discussion: Think Progress and FP Passport
Rob Lowe / The Huffington Post:
Household Betrayal
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CHIEF GOOF  —  TPM Reader JM laments how Penn destroyed Hillary's campaign ...
Discussion: Eschaton
Susan Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats' Hopes Rise for House Seat
Ben / Think Progress:
Feith Showing Consistency In Blaming Others For Iraq War's Failures
Nicholas Confessore / City Room:
Congestion Pricing Plan Is Dead, Assembly Speaker Says
Discussion: New York Times
Redstate:
A List of Reporters Who Need To Be Set Straight: Let's Call Them
Mark Halperin / The Page:
HALPERIN'S TAKE: Reasons Mark Penn Coulda/Shoulda Been Fired …
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Editor and Publisher:
‘Wash Post’ Captures 6 Pulitzers, ‘NYT’ Takes 2
Discussion: FishBowlDC and LA Observed
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Obama seeks to affirm his patriotism
Discussion: Mercury Rising and AMERICAblog
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Raises $15M In March
HillaryClinton.com:
Clinton Unveils Plan To Find Cure For Breast Cancer On The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Confluence
See-Dubya / michellemalkin.com:
What?  Obamessiah now sells himself to rural Pennsylvania as the pro-gun candidate?
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Greg Ransom / PrestoPundit:
BARACK OBAMA HID HIS FATHER'S SOCIALIST AND ANTI-WESTERN CONVICTIONS …
Logan Hill / New York Magazine:
How I Made It: Spike Lee on ‘Do the Right Thing’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
USA Today:
Radio host Ed Schultz: 'I'm sorry ... John McCain is a warmonger'