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1:30 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
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  —  Was Terry McAuliffe, chairman of Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, engaging in his own sort of hedging strategy at a recent meeting of Washington State Democrats?  Or was the former Democratic National Committee chair engaging in a kumbayah, all-us-Democrats-are-in-this- together moment?
Washington Post:
Clinton's Chief Strategist Steps Down
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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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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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 …
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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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
WHITE HOUSE: SURGE'S ‘GREAT SUCCESS’  —  President Bush is pressing Congress today for approval of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, and the White House says it doesn't believe it has had any dealings on this with Democrat Mark Penn, the former chief strategist for Hillary Clinton's campaign …
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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.
Logan Hill / New York Magazine:
How I Made It: Spike Lee on ‘Do the Right Thing’  —  Several people have surprised me by saying that one of the movie's biggest legacies is the impact you had on diversifying New York film crews.  —  Do the Right Thing was my first union film.  I looked at the rosters, and for the most part, it was white males.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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 …
Alison Bashford / Sydney Morning Herald:
Population lost in the global debate  —  The world population is 6.6 billion.  This far exceeds early 20th-century predictions that it would reach about 3.9 billion by 2009.  And yet overpopulation barely registers now as a public issue.  Not even as part of climate change discussion …
Discussion: The Corner and Tim Blair
 
 
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Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
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Reuters:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Vodka Chronicles  —  John McCain's saucy mother says her boy …
John Hood / The Corner:
The Real Colombian-Trade Story
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Dday / Hullabaloo:
The Blithering Idiocy of the DC Establishment
Lawrence O'Donnell Jr / New York Magazine:
Four Days in Denver
Los Angeles Times:
The Times retracts Tupac Shakur story
CNN:
Clinton predicts more ‘twists and turns’
Discussion: Redstate
Anne Lieberman / Boker tov, Boulder!:
Your federal government at work ... for Palestinians
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Age Group / Rasmussen Reports:
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