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4:05 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  —  Sen. Jay Rockefeller explains his endorsement of Barack Obama to the Charleston Gazette and he also takes this bizarre shot at John McCain: … Rockefeller, who is one year younger than McCain, probably wouldn't know this since he was enjoying the privileges …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and QandO
Fox News:   Rockefeller Apologizes for Saying McCain Doesn't Care About Lives of War Bystanders
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
Amanda / Think Progress:
Graham: Al Qaeda wants the U.S. to leave because we've been 'kicking …
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.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama goes after Clinton on trade
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Run, Condi, Run!  —  Oh, please; oh, please; oh, please.  I know it's undignified to beg, but please let John McCain pick Condoleezza Rice as his running mate.  —  I know that this campaign has already bestowed an embarrassment of riches upon those of us who are paid to watch and listen.
Discussion: PunditGuy
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Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Grover Norquist Endorses Condi Rice for Veep
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.”
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Carolyn Starks / Chicago Tribune:
Carpentersville Trustee Linda Ramirez Sliwinski ticketed for …
Discussion: The Swamp and Spin Cycle
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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.
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 …
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 …
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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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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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
CLINTON: “IT'S TIME TO BEGIN THE ORDERLY PROCESS OF REMOVING OUR TROOPS”
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Center for American Progress:
Elizabeth Edwards Joins CAP as Senior Fellow
Discussion: Swampland
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Clinton And Petraeus
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Lee Hamilton denies Michael Mukasey's claim about 9/11
Megan McArdle:
Reading is fundamental  —  Sigh.  Glenn Greenwald lashes back.
Discussion: alicublog, Harper's, QandO and Salon
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Fix Pick: Who is Michelle Obama?
ABCNEWS:
Obama, Paul net most military workers' campaign donations
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Bill Nelson Might Have Had the Best Moment So Far
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Matthew Yglesias:
Lieberwhat?  —  Joe Lieberman is probably beyond shark-jumping …
Peter Beinart / Washington Post:
Obama at the Helm  —  Deep into a primary campaign that was supposed …
Discussion: Political Punch and Commentary
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
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Obama Is No King  —  TODAY, THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PULPIT …