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12:55 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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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 …
Seumas Milne / Guardian:
Secret US plan for military future in Iraq  —  A confidential draft agreement covering the future of US forces in Iraq, passed to the Guardian, shows that provision is being made for an open-ended military presence in the country.  —  The draft strategic framework agreement between the US …
Michelle Malkin:
Petraeus on the Hill; Dems can't control Code Pinkos; Idiot Sen. Levin calls Petraeus “Admiral;” Update: Petraeus recommends 45-day pause on troop reductions in July; Update: Aggressive Levin heckles Petraeus, allows outside heckler to pile on; Update: Sen. Lieberman lashes back at “See no progress” Democrats
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Testimony by General Will Test Candidates for President  —  WASHINGTON — Three presidential candidates and two very different views of Iraq will be on full display on Tuesday as Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Baghdad, testifies before the Senate in a marathon session of war and White House ambitions.
Don Surber:
Just ask me  —  Question: How will senators react when Gen …
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ, The Caucus and The Fix
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Will Bunch / attytood.com:
ABC's big “surprise”: The actual troops don't want McCain — they want to come home
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
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.
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Errors Haunting Clinton
Discussion: Washington Wire, Salon and Newsweek
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Clinton says Penn controversy won't be damaging
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Washington Post:
The Sin of Speaking Truth  —  YET ANOTHER Democratic adviser is in trouble for having more common sense that his candidate — or at least, more than his candidate has the courage to admit having.  —  First there was Austan Goolsbee, Sen. Barack Obama's economic adviser …
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Los Angeles Times:
Obama and Clinton on trade
Discussion: New York Times and Reason Magazine
NY Daily News:
Rush & Molloy: Bio - McCain swore oath at wife  —  Sen. John McCain's defenders are blasting a new biography that claims the White House hopeful once hurled the most vile of epithets at his wife, Cindy.  —  Democratic strategist Cliff Schecter claims in “The Real McCain” …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Data Transfers Via Telecoms Questioned  —  When FBI investigators probing New York prostitution rings, Boston organized crime or potential terrorist plots anywhere want access to a suspect's telephone contacts, technicians at a telecommunications carrier served with a government order can …
Michael J. Totten:
Builders of Nations  —  “This is my hardest deployment,” Marine Sergeant Cooley said as he unfastened his helmet and tossed it onto his bed.  “We weren't trained for this kind of thing.”  He's been shot at with bullets and mortars, and he's endured IED attacks on his Humvee …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Scott Horton / Harper's:
A Tale of Three Lawyers  —  On Thursday in the National Press Club in Washington, a crowd gathered to witness the presentation of the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling to Lieutenant Commander Matthew Diaz.  The story of Matthew Diaz was chronicled in this space repeatedly (also here and here).
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Salon
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Iraq War Attitudes Politically Polarized  —  Republicans generally favor the war; Democrats oppose it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans reject the idea of a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, by a better than 2-to-1 margin, 65% to 32%.  Democrats show an even greater margin …
Discussion: Salon and American Power
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama Vs. Rice  —  Given this speculation, an interesting dialogue on tyranny and terror and military action in the Senate in January 2005 between Condi and Barack.  Dug up by Jed Lewison.  I take Rice's points, and made some of them myself.  But there seems little doubt whose judgment looks sounder in retrospect.
 
 
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