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12:40 PM ET, April 7, 2008

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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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William Kristol / New York Times:
The Shape of the Race to Come  —  I've spent a fair amount of time the last couple of weeks with conservatives of all ages and leanings.  Call it my very own listening tour.  —  It began with a series of conversations with a group of Weekly Standard subscribers.
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Dialogue on race could begin on hallowed ground  —  The wounds inflicted on Barack Obama by the hateful speech of his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, are serious and profound.  —  Why else would ministers gather at Obama's church in Chicago—Trinity United Church of Christ …
USA Today:
Radio host Ed Schultz: 'I'm sorry ... John McCain is a warmonger'  —  “I'm sorry, John, the label sticks.  John McCain is a warmonger,” liberal radio host Ed Schultz said a few minutes ago on CNN's American Morning.  —  Schultz called McCain a “warmonger” on Friday as he was warming …
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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 …
Discussion: Think Progress
Zachary A. Goldfarb / The Talk:
McCain: Obama ‘Absolutely’ Qualified to Be President
Discussion: The Jed Report and Donklephant
Washington Post:
Clinton's Chief Strategist Steps Down  —  Mark J. Penn quit Sunday as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief strategist, the second shake-up in her campaign's top ranks since the onetime front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination began trailing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
WHITE HOUSE: SURGE'S ‘GREAT SUCCESS’
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
New York Post:
RICE BIDS TO BE VP: GOPER  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been “campaigning” to be John McCain's running mate, a former Bush administration aide said yesterday.  —  Rice has been courting the Republican elite, Dan Senor, a political strategist and former foreign-policy adviser to President Bush, said on ABC's “This Week.”
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:   Rice Eyeing Ticket? That's News to McCain
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Radar:
Dan Senor: Condoleezza Rice Is Pursuing the VP Spot
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 …
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 …
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CNN:
Olympic torch extinguished during Paris leg  —  (CNN) — The Olympic torch relay was disrupted Monday by protesters in Paris demonstrating against the Chinese government, causing authorities to extinguish the flame three times and put the torch on a bus, according to The Associated Press.
John Hood / The Corner:
The Real Colombian-Trade Story  —  It's understandable that Mark Penn's departure from the Clinton campaign has made so much news over the weekend, but the political story isn't the most important.  That's the fate for the Colombian free-trade deal that Penn's firm was helping to promote.
Discussion: Houston Chronicle
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Condoleezza Rice / Wall Street Journal:
The Colombia Trade Stakes
Discussion: Hot Air and Betsy's Page
Dday / Hullabaloo:
The Blithering Idiocy of the DC Establishment  —  The Village, via Cokie Roberts, gives their very serious assessment of Iraq on ABC's This Week: … Well, Katrina Vanden Heuvel handled that a bit better than I, because I don't think I would have been able to hold down the bile …
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Pork Barrel Remains Hidden in U.S. Budget  —  WASHINGTON — Sometimes on Capitol Hill, lawmakers find that it pays to ask nicely instead of just ordering the bureaucrats around.  —  With great fanfare, Congress adopted strict ethics rules last year requiring members to disclose when they steered federal money to pet projects.
Lawrence O'Donnell Jr / New York Magazine:
Four Days in Denver  —  The Democratic Party is closer than it's ever been to a political nightmare—a deadlocked convention.  Though the odds of its actually happening are still remote, the idea is so rich with dramatic possibility that we asked Lawrence O'Donnell Jr., former West Wing writer-producer …
 
 
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Report: Iraq goals no closer than a year ago
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Eschaton
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Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
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David Stafford / Washington Post:
Iraq Is a Mess. But Germany Was, Too.
Steven Zeitchik / Hollywood Reporter:
Thandie Newton, Ioan Gruffudd cast in ‘W’
Discussion: Don Surber and Pandagon
John Harwood / New York Times:
In Superdelegate Count, Tough Math for Clinton
Discussion: MSNBC, Newsday and Daily Kos