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9:45 AM ET, April 9, 2008

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Robert Scheer / The Huffington Post:
Everything His President Wants to Hear  —  General Betray Us?  Of course he has.  MoveOn.org can hardly be expected to recycle its slogan from last September, when Gen. David Petraeus testified in support of escalating the U.S. war in Iraq, given the hysterical denunciations that worthy group received at the time.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Julia Hoppock / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Ambassador Crocker Says Ready to Talk to Iran Again
Discussion: Think Progress
Agence France Presse:
Obama calls for talks with Iran over Iraq
Confederate Yankee:   Biden PWN3D Crocker! ... In the Community-Based Reality
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?
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
They Need More White People  —  The Tartan, Carnegie Mellon's student newspaper, reports on a campaign event featuring Michelle Obama: … The Obama campaign discriminates against people of color, and their own supporters no less, in what is presumably a misguided pander to white voters.
Discussion: TBogg and The New Editor
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Page
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Ethno-Sectarian Violence  —  WHAT IT SHOWS: This chart combines maps of Baghdad's ethnic neighborhoods with density plots of ethno-sectarian killings to show that violence has declined significantly from December 2006 to last month.  —  ANALYSIS: Hidden beneath many of the density plots …
Discussion: American Street
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Lead in Democratic Race  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama continues to hold a significant lead over Hillary Clinton, 51% to 43%, in Democratic voters' presidential nomination preferences.  —  Gallup Poll Daily tracking from April 5-7 shows Obama …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
In Justice Shift, Corporate Deals Replace Trials  —  WASHINGTON — In 2005, federal authorities concluded that a Monsanto consultant had visited the home of an Indonesian official and, with the approval of a senior company executive, handed over an envelope stuffed with hundred-dollar bills.
Wall Street Journal:
Bush to Expand Help on Mortgages  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration plans to expand a government program that helps struggling borrowers keep their homes, as it moves to respond to the housing crisis amid more sweeping, costly Democratic proposals.  —  The expansion …
Discussion: Political Machine
 
 
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Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
The Gospel, According to Luke
Lynn Sweet:
First appearence of Obama grandmother in ad. …
Michael Drakulich / The SouthtownStar:
Muslim congressman speaks at symposium
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
If You Missed Today's Testimony...
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
The Politico:
Venezuela scolds Bush over Colombia deal
Discussion: The Swamp and Don Surber
Frederick W. Kagan / National Review:
Why Iraq Matters  —  Losing wars is always bad.
 Earlier Items: 
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
U.S. intel: AQ mastermind of London bombings, British airline plot dead
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Elizabeth Edwards Backs Clinton Health Care Plan
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
What Is the Cost of Freedom?
Discussion: Angry Bear and TBogg
AMERICAN DIGEST:
More Good News: Seattle Times Axes 200
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
Townhall.com:
Joe Klein from Time Magazine on Barack Obama's positions.
Reuters:
Absolut vodka pulls ad showing California in Mexico