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6:30 AM ET, April 7, 2008


 Top Items: 
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Say Anything and MyDD
Dylan Loewe / The Huffington Post:
Mark Penn Finally Fired
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Penn sidelined
Discussion: The Swamp and TPM Election Central
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Clinton Campaign's Controversial Mark Penn Ousted As Chief Strategist
Discussion: Reuters and Newsday
Clinton's top strategist quits
Discussion: Wake up America and Balloon Juice
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:   PENN QUITS CLINTON PERCH
New York Times:
Iraqi Forces and Militia Clash in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD — Sharp fighting broke out in Baghdad's Sadr City district on Sunday as American and Iraqi troops sought to control neighborhoods used by Shiite militias to fire rockets and mortars into the nearby Green Zone.
3 soldiers die in Baghdad  —  Rocket, mortar strikes follow clashes that left at least 16 dead in capital  —  A militiaman loyal to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr watches others converge on the scene where militiamen attacked and destroyed an Iraqi military vehicle on Sunday in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad.
Discussion: Mercury Rising and Reuters
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 …
CBS News:
Insider: Iraq Attack Was Preemptive  —  Pentagon Insider Tells 60 Minutes U.S. Attack On Iraq Was Anticipatory Self-Defense; Not 9/11 Retaliation  —  In his memoir, “War and Decision,” due out this week, Feith writes there was one potential problem the Pentagon seriously underestimated …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
Over 25,000 Pakistanis Rally Against Anti-Koran Film, Prophet Cartoons  —  KARACHI, Pakistan — More than 25,000 people rallied Sunday in the largest protest in Pakistan so far against an anti-Koran film made by a Dutch lawmaker, urging their government to expel the Netherlands ambassador.
John Harwood / New York Times:
In Superdelegate Count, Tough Math for Clinton  —  The hill that Hillary Rodham Clinton must climb to beat Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination will grow a little steeper on Monday, as it has most days lately.  —  Margaret Campbell, a Montana state legislator …
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Matt Richtel / The Seattle Times:
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Jane Macartney / Times of London:
Tibetans wounded as Chinese police fire on pilgrim protest
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Generally Speaking  —  WASHINGTON — Iraq may be President Bush's war …
Riots fear after rice price hits a high
Claudia H. Deutsch / New York Times:
A Brighter Spotlight, Yet the Pay Rises
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Anti-McCain groups lag in fundraising
Discussion: Don Surber and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Times of London:
Opposition braced for dirty war as Mugabe clings on to power
New York Times:
Some Truth About Trade  —  There's nothing like international trade …
Discussion: Roger L. Simon and TalkLeft
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Dems: Time to shift terror efforts
Discussion: Macsmind
Gateway Pundit:
Veteran Sentenced For Desecrating Mexican Flag at UNM Campus
Matthew Yglesias:
Charlton Heston, not a very good actor but in his way a great one, has died.
Ben Adler / The Politico:
No campus surge for Obama in Pa.
Jonathan Leake / Times of London:
Coming soon: superfast internet
Ben / Think Progress:
Rove's Electoral Maps Highlight Cozy Relationship Between Rove, McCain, And Fox News