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4:30 PM ET, April 8, 2008

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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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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 …
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: TownHall Blog and QandO
Fox News:   Rockefeller Apologizes to McCain for Calling Him Hit-and-Run Aviator
NY Daily News:
Rush & Molloy: Bio - McCain swore oath at wife
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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?  —  McCain mixed up Sunni and Shia before catching himself about half a second later.  —  Lefty bloggers are in a state, and the DNC has already posted the item.  —  This is getting beyond ridiculous.  Sometimes people make mistakes, even liberals …
Discussion: Hot Air
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Bill Clinton backed Colombia trade deal: ‘Estoy a favor’
John McCormick / The Swamp:   Obama goes after Clinton on trade
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.
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Will Bunch / Philly.com:
ABC's big “surprise”: The actual troops don't want McCain — they want to come home
Discussion: Eschaton
Peter Beinart / Washington Post:
Obama at the Helm  —  Deep into a primary campaign that was supposed …
Discussion: Commentary and Political Punch
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 …
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Run, Condi, Run!  —  Oh, please; oh, please; oh, please.
Discussion: PunditGuy
CNN:
Religious leaders tell al-Sadr to keep militia intact  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq's top Shiite religious leaders have told anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr not to disband his Mehdi Army, an al-Sadr spokesman said Monday amid fresh fighting in the militia's Baghdad strongholds.
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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
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.
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Suburban Obama delegate quits over ‘divisive’ remark  —  Moving to nip in the bud some potential bad press, White House hopeful Barack Obama's campaign persuaded a delegate to step down after she was ticketed for calling her neighbor's African-American children “monkeys.”
Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Tax Bomb  —  As the presidential campaign enters its final stages, there will be increased debate over budget priorities and how they will be paid for.  Many commentators and political leaders, including Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, believe that tax increases are needed …
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Lee Hamilton denies Michael Mukasey's claim about 9/11  —  I just received the following statement from the Vice Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, Rep. Lee Hamilton, in response to my inquiries last week (and numerous follow-up inquiries from readers here) about Attorney General Michael Mukasey's claims …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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.
Center for American Progress:
Elizabeth Edwards Joins CAP as Senior Fellow  —  americanprogress.org  —  Washington, D.C. - The Center for American Progress today announced that Elizabeth Edwards, New York Times best-selling author, attorney, and advocate, will be joining the Center as a Senior Fellow.
Discussion: Swampland and NewsBusters.org
 
 
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Jake Tapper's smoke detector goes off at ABC News
Discussion: Corrente
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
The ‘Obama Effect’ shows itself at Petraeus-Crocker hearing
Discussion: New York Times
John Horn / Los Angeles Times:
Excerpts from Charlton Heston's letters
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Subprime industries open wallets
Discussion: Wonk Room
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
CLINTON: “IT'S TIME TO BEGIN THE ORDERLY PROCESS OF REMOVING OUR TROOPS”
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Clinton And Petraeus
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Amanda / Think Progress:
Graham: Al Qaeda wants the U.S. to leave because we've been 'kicking …
Megan McArdle:
Reading is fundamental  —  Sigh.  Glenn Greenwald lashes back.
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
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Lieberwhat?  —  Joe Lieberman is probably beyond shark-jumping …
Little Green Footballs:
The Protocols of the Daily Kos: Hitler Was a Zionist
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain's Opener
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
LIBERALS AND THE SH*TPILE.  —  It's got to be a scary moment if you're a conservative.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama tempts YouTube Gods
Michael J. Totten:
Builders of Nations
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs