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3:55 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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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
McCain: U.S. strategy in Iraq ‘will succeed’
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Bushra Juhi / Associated Press:
Al-Sadr calls for dialogue in Iraq
Gareth Porter / IPS Inter Press Service:
US/IRAQ: Petraeus Testimony to Defend False “Proxy War” Line
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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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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%.
Frank James / Baltimore Sun:
CLINTON MAN'S OBAMA MOMENT
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains 3-Point Edge Over Clinton
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Reason Magazine
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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 …
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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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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A trip to Pakistan
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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.
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
First Read: Clinton calls for Olympic boycott
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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 …
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.
Amanda / Think Progress:
McCain's Speech On Progress In Iraq Interrupted By News Of Mortars Hitting The Green Zone  —  Today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, making the case for the “unmistakable progress” in Iraq.  —  A telling moment in his remarks came when he was arguing why President Bush's surge …
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
 
 
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