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6:55 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 …
Fox News:
Rockefeller Apologizes to McCain for Calling Him Hit-and-Run Aviator  —  Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a Barack Obama supporter, apologized to John McCain Tuesday for suggesting to a West Virginia newspaper that the Arizona senator does not care about “the lives of people” …
Discussion: CALIFORNIA YANKEE and Redstate
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
State Journal:
Rockefeller Apologizes To McCain
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
John McCain / CNN:
McCain camp calls on Obama to denounce ‘smear’
Discussion: TownHall Blog
John McCain / CNN:
McCain campaign says Obama team's apology falls short
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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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Biden Punks Crocker: ‘I Would Therefore Pick Al Qaeda on The Afghanistan-Pakistan Border’  —  There was once a blog called Joe Biden Is Thugged Out.  (I swear this is true.)  Biden just proved why.  He asked Ryan Crocker, who used to be ambassador to Pakistan, whether it would be better …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Does Ted Kennedy Know Anything about Iraq?
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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John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
The ‘Obama Effect’ shows itself at Petraeus-Crocker hearing  —  Never underestimate the drawing power of a star.  The crowd lined up for today's hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will include an appearance by the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination …
Discussion: New York Times
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Peter Beinart / Washington Post:
Obama at the Helm  —  Deep into a primary campaign that was supposed …
Discussion: Commentary
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
ABC's big “surprise”: The actual troops don't want McCain — they want to come home
Discussion: Eschaton
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
4 US Troops Killed; Hundreds Flee Baghdad Clashes; Ayatollahs Decline to Ban Militia  —  4 US Troops Killed;  —  Hundreds Flee Baghdad Clashes;  —  Ayatollahs Decline to Ban Militia  —  I am always astounded at the combination of unrealistic optimism and foolish gullibility …
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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.”
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Carolyn Starks / Chicago Tribune:
Carpentersville Trustee Linda Ramirez Sliwinski ticketed for …
Discussion: The Swamp and Spin Cycle
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.
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 …
The Tartan Online:
Michelle Obama speaks at presidential rally in Skibo Gym  —  Only a week after her husband drew throngs to Soldiers and Sailors, Michelle Obama wooed a small crowd at Skibo Gymnasium on Wednesday.  —  Skibo's risers were packed with community members and students from many of Pittsburgh's universities.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Fix Pick: Who is Michelle Obama?
Discussion: The Corner and Capitol Briefing
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bill Clinton backed Colombia trade deal: ‘Estoy a favor’  —  A reader in Latin America turned up a June 23, 2005 article from the news portal Terra (reprinted (.doc) by the Bogota government) that quotes Bill Clinton offering unambiguous support for the free trade agreement with Colombia.
Discussion: The Swamp
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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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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 …
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.
 
 
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Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
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Theresa Cook / Political Punch:
Hillary Clinton Calls for Bush to Boycott Olympic Opening Games …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush's Economic Plan: Give Stimulus Checks ‘A Chance To Kick In’
Discussion: White House and Liberty Street
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
Obama, 2000: Not A Lot Of “Ideological Differences” With Bobby Rush
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
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Clinton And Petraeus
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Megan McArdle:
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Matthew Yglesias:
Lieberwhat?  —  Joe Lieberman is probably beyond shark-jumping …
The Politico:
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Discussion: The New Nixon Blog
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
LIBERALS AND THE SH*TPILE.  —  It's got to be a scary moment if you're a conservative.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama tempts YouTube Gods