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2:50 PM ET, April 8, 2008

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Ali / Think Progress:
McCain seems confused about al Qaeda again, suggests it's a 'sect of Shi'ites.'  —  During today's hearing with Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) questioned Petraeus on what he called “the major threat” of al Qaeda in Iraq.
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:   Does Ted Kennedy Know Anything about Iraq?
Ilan Goldenberg / democracyarsenal.org:
McCain mixes up Sunni and Shi'a
Discussion: Salon
Reagan Union / Quinnipiac University:
Obama Catching Up With Clinton In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; She's Losing Ground Even Among Women  —  Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is catching up with New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary and now trails 50 - 44 percent among likely primary voters …
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New York Times:
Shift at Top May Mean Shift in Tone for Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — “This isn't exactly what I was planning on when I woke up this morning,” Geoff Garin e-mailed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton after a hasty weekend shake-up left him atop her campaign's strategy team.  —  Mrs. Clinton answered his dry humor in kind.
Paul J. Nyden / Charleston Gazette:
Jay defends endorsement of Sen. Obama  —  Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., defended his decision to make an endorsement in the race for president during an interview with Gazette editors on Monday.  —  Rockefeller said some have criticized him for endorsing Sen. Barack Obama before the West Virginia primary in May.
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Ed OKeefe / Political Punch:
Obama-Backing Senator Attacks McCain's War Experience  —  In the Charleston Gazette Sunday, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-WV, who has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said that Sen. John McCain “has a temper” and, according to the story, “believes McCain has become insensitive to many human issues.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Rockefeller Disgrace
Discussion: QandO
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Surprising Political Endorsements By U.S. Troops  —  American Soldiers Speak Out About Their Presidential Endorsements  —  ABC's Martha Raddatz asked American soldiers in Iraq what issues are most important to them when looking at the presidential candidates.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Congress To Hear Of Gains In Iraq  —  Petraeus, Crocker To Face Impatient Lawmakers  —  In a reprise of their testimony last September, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker plan to tell Congress today and tomorrow that security has improved in Iraq and that the government …
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New York Times:
General Resists Timetable for Withdrawal of Troops in Iraq
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
New Book: McCain Once Physically Attacked Fellow Congressman  —  Appearing on Fox News this past Sunday, Sen. John McCain attempted to turn his infamously combustible temper from an electoral liability into political strength.  —  “If I lose my capacity for anger, then I shouldn't be president …
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NY Daily News:
Rush & Molloy: Bio - McCain swore oath at wife
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Popular Mechanics:
The 10 Pieces of U.S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now  —  No one can predict what bridge, levee or water main will fail next.  But some problems are widely known, and work is long overdue.  As PM's new special report makes blatantly clear, we need to begin rebuilding the nation's infrastructure somewhere.
Molly Reuter / KLTV-TV:
East Texas Teenager Attacked Over History Project  —  Melanie Bowers, 13, and her parents walked into Athens High School Monday afternoon to talk to campus police.  They were hoping to get some answers.  —  “It never should have happened in the first place.
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Michelle Malkin:   Texas student attacked for her anti-illegal immigration homework
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Grover Norquist Endorses Condi Rice for Veep  —  No speaker goes to conservative activist Grover Norquist's Wednesday breakfast meeting without a purpose.  And so it was with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice two weeks ago when she convinced a rapt audience — without even raising the possibility …
Discussion: The Trail
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Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell …:
Vets for Freedom Rally for troops  —  About 480 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan assembled beginning at 8:30 this morning just across the street from the Senate wing of the Capitol.  The temperature was about 45 degrees - global warming had struck.
Costas Panagopoulos / The Politico:
Obama supporter Oprah takes a big dive  —  Much hay was made nearly a year ago when Oprah Winfrey announced that she would support — and campaign for — Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.  Her effect in boosting support for Obama in early primary and caucus states like Iowa …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama tempts YouTube Gods  —  ...and McCain camp responds with glee that hasn't been heard from Crystal City since they got their hands on Mitt's Faneuil Hall debate against Shannon O'Brien.  —  And is anybody else amused by the fact that Meredith Viera is using Frank Rich of all people to make the McCain case?
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Fix Pick: Who is Michelle Obama?  —  Amid the non-stop coverage of the Democratic presidential race, one figure has largely been overlooked: Michelle Obama.  —  The oversight is easy to understand.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and her husband, former president Bill Clinton …
Discussion: The Corner and Capitol Briefing
The Politico:
50 greatest political moments  —  At Politico, we love politics for some of the same reasons people love sports: the endless human drama.  —  Unlike a lot of people, of course, we don't have the freedom — or, truth be told, the desire — to root for one side or the other to win.
Discussion: The New Nixon Blog
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
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Lieberwhat?  —  Joe Lieberman is probably beyond shark-jumping …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain's Opener
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Michael J. Totten:
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Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Obama Is No King  —  TODAY, THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PULPIT …
Scott Horton / Harper's:
A Tale of Three Lawyers
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Salon
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Iraq War Attitudes Politically Polarized
Discussion: Salon and American Power
Seumas Milne / Guardian:
Secret US plan for military future in Iraq