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5:00 AM ET, April 8, 2008


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Anne E. Kornblut / The Trail:
Clinton Told True Tale of Woe, Says Kin  —  The aunt of a young pregnant woman who died after a hospital told her she needed to pay $100 up front for care said in an interview on Monday that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been telling the story accurately on the campaign trail …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Storylines  —  Andrea Mitchell said today that Clinton has a “growing credibility gap” because she repeated a story on the stump about a woman who was denied health care and died.  (I believe this is based on a bizarre and very badly written article which appeared over the week-end in the New York Times.)
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics and TalkLeft
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Fact Check: Clinton tale about pregnant woman is right in essence, wrong in details
Digby / Hullabaloo:
What Are They Waiting For?  —  D-day says that I'm one of the biggest pollyannas in the blogosphere about the November election.  My sunny upbeat belief that the Democrats are pretty much a shoe-in and that all this unpleasantness will be long forgotten by then is what gets me through these days of obnoxious online life.
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
2 Suburban Philadelphia Counties Flip to Democratic Party
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The non-political elite view of McCain
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.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mark Penn Speaks (In Private): Will Still Advise Clintons, Calms Nervous Aides  —  Mark Penn, who resigned over the weekend as the Clinton campaign's chief strategist, went into full damage control mode on Monday, hosting a conference call with Burson Marsteller's managing directors to persuade …
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: Gawker and Pandagon
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
How the MSM Treats Hillary: One Video Shows It All  —  Thanks for posting that Jeralyn!  (5.00 / 2) (#2) … Must see.  (5.00 / 2) (#5)
The Raw Story:
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Insult to Injury: Vitter Crashes Car After Hookergate Town Hall Meeting  —  Senator David Vitter fell victim to a humiliating incident today.  No, it wasn't the town hall meeting he held with LA residents discussing his hypocritical involvement in the “DC Madam” prostitution scandal.
The Ascension Citizen:
Vitter driver wrecks into sign after Gonzales forum
Discussion: Cliff Schecter … and Wonkette
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Petraeus to urge patience in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - The four-star general in charge of Iraq wants more time in a war that is now in its sixth year.  Democrats say he's got until the November elections.  —  Gen. David Petraeus planned to testify Tuesday on the war for the first time in seven months.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
For Couric, an Uphill March  —  She is trailing in a highly competitive contest against her male rivals, is occasionally covered in a condescending way and faces predictions that she'll be forced out of the race.  —  Katie Couric understands what Hillary Clinton is going through.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Tim Arango / New York Times:
CBS Said to Consider Use of CNN in Reporting
James Hider / Times of London:
Iraq: Al-Mahdi army offers to lay down its arms  —  Iraq's largest and most dangerous militia will voluntarily disband if Shia scholars advise its leader to do so, officials said yesterday — a dramatic move that could quell much of the fighting in the war-torn country.
Discussion: Redstate and The Strata-Sphere
Transcript: Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Iraq
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: MTV's Holocaust PSAs  —  Another foray into Holocaust revisionism by way of likening the Patriot Act to nascent genocide?  CJ's 100% sure, I'm only about 75% of the way there.  The Think MTV website has a page on the Holocaust and discrimination, and the only modern example to which it refers is Darfur.
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
U.S. Shifting Prison Focus to Re-entry Into Society  —  Back in the 1970s and '80s, high crime and “get tough” laws meant longer sentences and more emphasis on punishment than on rehabilitation, and the federal and state governments spent billions building prisons.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Elizabeth Edwards Joins Center for American Progress  —  Former senator John Edwards (N.C.) remains on the political sidelines but that isn't stopping his wife, Elizabeth, from rejoining the fray as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.  —  Elizabeth Edwards will be dealing …
Ross Douthat:
The Worst President Ever?  —  An unscientific survey of 109 professional historians, conducted by the doubtless-unbiased author of Grand Theft Jesus: The Hijacking of Religion In America, reports that sixty-one percent of its sample considers George W. Bush's Presidency the “worst ever.”
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Congress To Hear Of Gains In Iraq
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Obama's pastor Jeremiah Wright: Former Muslim
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Murtha's CTC Corp
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Bad to Worse for Moqtada Sadr?
Faiz / Think Progress:
Rove's attorney says Rove would testify if subpoenaed in Siegelman case.
Discussion: Emptywheel and CBS News
Christiane Amanpour / CNN:
Survivor recalls horrors of Cambodia genocide
Leslie Wayne / The Caucus:
Obama's S.E.I.U. Boost in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Inside Higher Ed:
College Isn't Worth a Million Dollars
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
NYC Cabbie Who Runs Anti-American Islamic Web Site Mocks GI Deaths …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
The 100 Year Retreat  —  Apparently the beating the Obama campaign …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Carol Platt Liebau / Real Clear Politics:
The Cynic vs. the Radical: Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
60 Minutes: Doug Feith once again earns his nickname
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
If My Grandmother Had Wheels, Clinton Would be Winning
Discussion: Wonkette and Matthew Yglesias
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
MILITARY CONFLICT … General Richard A. Cody graduated …
Discussion: War in Context
Rob Lowe / The Huffington Post:
Household Betrayal
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Raises $15M In March