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3:35 AM ET, April 9, 2008

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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 …
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Dday / Hullabaloo:
Joe Biden Just Obliterated Every Administration Argument About Iraq  —  That was a very significant moment at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings with Amb.  Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus.  Joe Biden asked Amb.  Crocker where it would be better for American national security interests …
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain seems confused about al Qaeda again, suggests it's a 'sect of Shi'ites.'
New York Times:
Petraeus Urges 45-Day Halt in Weighing New Iraq Troop Cuts
Agence France Presse:
Obama calls for talks with Iran over Iraq
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Kyle E. Moore / Comments from Left Field:
There He Goes Again...  In our ongoing saga of McCain of Iraq …
Discussion: The Swamp
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
ANOTHER MCCAIN SHIITE-SUNNI GAFFE?
Discussion: The Jed Report
Matthew Yglesias:   Principle Threat  —  Evan Bayh's doing an excellent job of homing …
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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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.
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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Fox News:
After Rockefeller Insult, McCain Camp Claims Obama Won't Shut Down Campaign Smears
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 …
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.
Peter Beinart / Washington Post:
Obama at the Helm  —  Deep into a primary campaign that was supposed be over by now, Barack Obama must still answer one fundamental question.  Jeremiah Wright notwithstanding, it's not whether he's too black.  It's whether he's too green.  Hillary Clinton has made Obama's inexperience …
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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.
Discussion: NO QUARTER
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.
Townhall.com:
Joe Klein from Time Magazine on Barack Obama's positions.  —  HH: Joined now by Joe Klein of Time Magazine, knows all, sees all, comments on all from Time Magazine, sometimes at their blog, the Swamp[land], often in his column.  Joe, welcome back, good to have you on the Hugh Hewitt Show.
Discussion: Think Progress and INSTAPUTZ
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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 …
AMERICAN DIGEST:
More Good News: Seattle Times Axes 200  —  The “team” responsible for tossing litter onto my lawn every so often grew smaller today.  Seattle Times to Cut Approximately 200 Employees via The Stranger “Seattle's Only Newspaper”  —  A memo just promulgated onto the web by the odious “Stranger” …
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
What Is the Cost of Freedom?  —  Surprise, surprise.  Having failed to penetrate General Petraeus's story about the great improvements on the ground in Iraq, liberals are now trying to make the case that the cost of the Iraq war may have somehow undermined the economy, and even caused the current slowdown.
Discussion: TBogg and Angry Bear
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Obama's unprecedented Pennsylvania ad buy  —  PHILADELPHIA — If, as has been widely predicted, Barack Obama loses Pennsylvania, it will not be for lack of effort.  —  Obama is currently spending $2.2 million per week on television here, over twice what Hillary Clinton is spending …
Discussion: Truthdig
Frederick W. Kagan / National Review:
Why Iraq Matters  —  Losing wars is always bad.  One of the major reasons for America's current global predominance economically and politically is that America doesn't lose wars very often.  It seems likely, however, that the American people are about to be told that they have to decide …
Reuters:
Absolut vodka pulls ad showing California in Mexico  —  MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The distillers of Sweden's Absolut vodka have withdrawn an advertisement run in Mexico that angered many U.S. citizens by idealizing an early 19th century map showing chunks of the United States as Mexican.
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.
Discussion: Angry Bear
 
 
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Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Campaigning for another lets Kerry be Kerry
Discussion: The New Republic and MSNBC
Wall Street Journal:
The New Liberal Taboo
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Poison Penn  —  The complicated and varied reasons …
Associated Press:
Four more remains from 9/11 attacks are identified
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
Michael David Smith / FanHouse:
Hillary Clinton Urges President Bush to Skip Opening Ceremonies …
Discussion: The Corner
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Republican Iraq Vets Seek 17 House Seats
Michael Neibauer / Examiner:
D.C. councilman no longer member of Clinton camp
Associated Press:
US Water Pipelines Are Breaking
Discussion: AMERICAblog
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
The ‘Obama Effect’ shows itself at Petraeus-Crocker hearing
Discussion: unbossed.com and The Caucus
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Lee Hamilton denies Michael Mukasey's claim about 9/11
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Suburban Obama delegate quits over ‘divisive’ remark
Megan McArdle:
Reading is fundamental  —  Sigh.  Glenn Greenwald lashes back.