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10:50 AM ET, April 9, 2008

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Brian Lockhart / Stamford Advocate:
FBI probe: Lieberman campaign to blame for crashing own Web site  —  A federal investigation has concluded that U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman's 2006 re-election campaign was to blame for the crash of its Web site the day before Connecticut's heated Aug. 8 Democratic primary.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Not guilty  —  One of the stranger episodes of the Lieberman-Lamont primary in 2006 was the Lieberman campaign's charge that supporters of his rival (whose web guy, Tim Tagaris, is above) “attacked” Lieberman's website.  —  Anyway, the FBI has finally gotten to the bottom of it, in case you were wondering.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
Report: Jimmy Carter to Meet With Hamas Leader in Syria  —  NEW YORK CITY — Former President Jimmy Carter is reportedly preparing an unprecedented meeting with the leader of Hamas, an organization that the U.S. government considers one of the leading terrorist threats in the world.
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The One True Tami / Tami, the One True:
Carter Criticism Connundrum  —  (via Memorandum)  —  Carter to meet with Hamas Leader (possibly)  —  Wow, people judge Jimmy Carter pretty harshly.  Personally, I was quite young when the whole Egypt/Israel Camp David peace treaty thing happened, but I remember how happy it made my parents.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Macsmind
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Jimmy Carter to meet with ... Hamas?
Washington Post:
Frustrated Senators See No Exit Signs  —  Asked repeatedly yesterday what “conditions” he is looking for to begin substantial U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq after this summer's scheduled drawdown, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said he will know them when he sees them.  For frustrated lawmakers, it was not enough.
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Wall Street Journal:
The New Liberal Taboo  —  What a spectacle.  It is now respectable for Democrats to assert, even to welcome, military defeat (see here).  But if a Presidential campaign functionary so much as hints at support for free trade, he's banished to policy exile.  —  That's the meaning …
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Wall Street Journal:
Clintons Disagree Over a Free-Trade Pact With Colombia  —  Mark Penn, who lost his job as chief strategist to the Clinton campaign because of his work for the Colombian government on a controversial trade pact, wasn't her only adviser with such ties.  Another is Bill Clinton.
USA Today:
Our view on free trade: Pass the Colombia pact
Discussion: Hot Air and Betsy's Page
The Politico:
Clinton leadership a study in missteps  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton wants voters to decide the nomination based on who can coolly and competently run the country.  She had better hope they don't study her recent campaign too closely for the answer.  —  Clinton has overseen two major staff shake-ups in two months.
Confederate Yankee:
Biden PWN3D Crocker! ...  In the Community-Based Reality  —  For reasons rational people will never fathom, lefty bloggers and blog readers are filled with glee over, well, this: … Biden “forced him down” how, exactly?  —  Clearly Ackerman, the flickering bulbs at Think Progress …
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Dday / Hullabaloo:
Joe Biden Just Obliterated Every Administration Argument About Iraq
Marc Ambinder:
More Cowbells?  More White People!  —  Overzealous event coordinators?  A rare, unforced error committed by the Obama campaign's site advance teams.  —  From an article in the Tartan, the daily newspaper Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
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Patrick / FishBowlDC:
NYT Mag On Matthews: The Excerpts  —  Earlier: Forthcoming?  NYT Mag Piece on Matthews.  —  Earlier: Leibovich Dishes On Matthews  —  Earlier: NYT Mag On Matthews: NBC Forced Chris To Apologize.  —  We've got an advanced copy of Mark Leibovich's piece on Chris Matthews, entitled “Chris Matthews, Seriously.
Lanny J. Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Minister Problem  —  I have tried to get over my unease surrounding Barack Obama's response to the sermons and writings of his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.  But the unanswered questions remain.  —  I am a strong supporter …
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Two Cheers for Newsroom Buyouts  —  THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE BAD NEWS COMING OUT OF NEWSROOMS.  —  Advertising revenue at newspapers has fallen off a cliff and may tumble all the way to the bottom of the Marianas Trench if the promised recession arrives.  Average circulation is down, too …
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
The Gospel, According to Luke  —  Pittsburgh's Young Mayor Wants City to Line Up Behind Clinton  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, participates in the Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Day Parade with, from left, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato …
Discussion: MSNBC and The Confluence
Zzaki / Political Punch:
Obama Prepares Argument to Discard Public-Financing Principle  —  Despite his previous pledge to enter into the public financing system should he be the Democratic presidential nominee,* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has recently been reluctant to re-commit to entering the system.
 
 
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Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Teacher breaks wall of silence at state's Muslim public school
Discussion: Power Line
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Disagreeing on pay-to-pollute provisions
Discussion: The Foundry
Dave Davies / Philly.com:
Candidates' positive ads mask trash-talk reality
Kate Phillips / New York Times:
West Virginia Senator Apologizes for Comments on McCain
Lynn Sweet:
First appearence of Obama grandmother in ad. …
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Religious Persecution, or Looking the Other Way?  Isn't There A Third View?
Discussion: The Other McCain
Christopher Swann / Bloomberg:
IMF Says Financial Losses May Swell to $945 Billion
Robert Scheer / The Huffington Post:
Everything His President Wants to Hear
Discussion: Right Wing News
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Ethno-Sectarian Violence  —  WHAT IT SHOWS: This chart combines maps …
Discussion: American Street
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Lead in Democratic Race
Frederick W. Kagan / National Review:
Why Iraq Matters  —  Losing wars is always bad.
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
In Justice Shift, Corporate Deals Replace Trials
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
What Is the Cost of Freedom?
Discussion: Angry Bear and TBogg
AMERICAN DIGEST:
More Good News: Seattle Times Axes 200
Discussion: The Other McCain
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Obama's unprecedented Pennsylvania ad buy
Discussion: Commentary, The Page and Truthdig
Wall Street Journal:
Republican Iraq Vets Seek 17 House Seats