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8:50 PM ET, April 7, 2008

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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.
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Eamon Javers / The Politico:
HRC Colombia ties don't stop with Penn  —  Mark Penn isn't the only Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter on the wrong side of the Colombia trade agreement.  —  The Democratic-leaning advocacy firm the Glover Park Group, former home to Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:   Clinton Campaign Regroups After Shakeup at Top
Melissa McEwan / Shakesville:
Hillary Sexism Watch: Castrating Bitch Edition
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
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%.
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Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
ADVANCE COPY OF PETRAEUS' TESTIMONY TO CONGRESS
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
MILITARY CONFLICT … General Richard A. Cody graduated …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Petraeus' Call for a Pause is Really Just “Stay the Course 2.0”
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:   If My Grandmother Had Wheels, Clinton Would be Winning
Media Matters for America:
On Tim Russert , Hitchens said to Sullivan: “Oh, well don't be such a lesbian.  Get on with it”  —  On the April 5 edition of MSNBC's Tim Russert, Andrew Sullivan and Christopher Hitchens debated the significance for Sen. Barack Obama of comments made by his former pastor Jeremiah Wright …
Discussion: Pandagon
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The non-political elite view of McCain  —  A GOP fundraiser who hasn't, to put it mildly, been the biggest McCain booster in the world makes a smart point to me in explaining his success so far in raising coin for the GOP nominee from money types outside the Washington crowd.
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Redstate:
A List of Reporters Who Need To Be Set Straight: Let's Call Them
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?
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Ross Douthat:
The Worst President Ever?
Discussion: Eunomia, Balloon Juice and Harper's
HillaryClinton.com:
Statement by Hillary Clinton on Olympics  —  The violent clashes in Tibet and the failure of the Chinese government to use its full leverage with Sudan to stop the genocide in Darfur are opportunities for Presidential leadership.  These events underscore why I believe the Bush administration …
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Marc Ambinder:
McCain Raises $15M In March  —  Sen. John McCain's fundraising is picking up, relatively speaking.  —  In March, officials said he raised about $15M, his best month since early 2007 and well above his $2M-per-month pace in late 2007.  The final number is still being tallied.
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 …
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
2 Suburban Philadelphia Counties Flip to Democratic Party  —  History is being made in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  —  The four suburban counties have long been Republican strongholds, with more Republican voters than Democratic ones.  The last time there were more Democrats than Republicans seems lost in the mist of time.
Discussion: Newsweek
Inside Higher Ed:
College Isn't Worth a Million Dollars  —  Go ahead — just try to find an instance in the last few years in which someone trying to make the case that going to college matters hasn't trotted out the statistic that the average college graduate earns a $1 million more over the course of a lifetime than a high school graduate does.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Rob Lowe / The Huffington Post:
Household Betrayal  —  Harassment in the workplace, sexual or otherwise, is something I take very seriously.  In my home and on the set, I have been surrounded for years by hardworking women (and men) whom I respect and whose rights are to be protected.  But when people make false claims …
 
 
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Fox News:
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
The 100 Year Retreat  —  Apparently the beating the Obama campaign …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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Officer Questions Petraeus's Strategy
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The Cynic vs. the Radical: Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama
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