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4:30 PM ET, April 9, 2008


 Top Items: 
Gallup Daily: Obama Leads Clinton by 10 Points  —  Second double-digit lead for Obama in Gallup tracking  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the third consecutive day, Barack Obama holds a significant advantage over Hillary Clinton in national Democratic preferences for the Democratic presidential nomination, now 51% to 41%.
Obama shatters ad spending record  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama has spent a record breaking $60 million to run more than 100,000 political television ads in pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination, a new analysis conducted for CNN shows.  —  In contrast, John Kerry ran …
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.
Phillip Carter / Intel Dump:
Petraeus Overplays His Hand  —  That statement by U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker pretty much sums up what he and Gen. David Petraeus presented to Congress yesterday.  Iraq is hard, but we are making headway; victory is possible, if we only persevere.  —  Except that in making this pitch, Petraeus and Crocker overplayed their hand.
David Perlmutt / Charlotte Observer:
Michelle Obama visits Harrisburg  —  HARRISBURG —This was Michelle Obama's “mom time” in her husband's campaign for president.  —  She'd come Tuesday to meet with 50 working women who filled a room at a Harrisburg preschool, anxious to talk to Barack Obama's wife.  —  But they'd have to wait.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:   Michelle Will Steal Your Pie
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Chris Matthews, Seriously.  (O.K., Not That Seriously.)  —  Whenever Chris Matthews says something he likes, which happens a lot, he repeats it often and at volumes suggesting a speaker who feels insufficiently listened to at times.  “Tim Russert finally reeled the big marlin into the boat tonight …
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Wall of silence broken at state's Muslim public school  —  Recently, I wrote about Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove Heights.  Charter schools are public schools and by law must not endorse or promote religion.  —  Evidence suggests, however …
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.
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
Kathy / five feet of fury.:
Richard Warman suing conservative bloggers — including me  —  Richard “The Boy Named Sue” Warman has finally filed his statement of claim.  —  Canada's busiest litigant, serial “human rights” complainant and — the guy Mark Steyn has called “Canada's most sensitive man” …
Ezra Levant:
Richard Warman has sued me — and other conservative bloggers
Discussion: Argghhh! and Daimnation!
Lynn Sweet:
Axelrod says will not revise Obama oil ad despite Clinton complaints.  —  MALVERN, PA.—The Clinton campaign is complaining about an Obama ad where Obama touts that he does not take money from oil companies.  But I talked to Obama top strategist David Axelrod a short time ago here and he said he has no plans to change it.
Discussion: MSNBC and The Page
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Hillary's slick willies  —  Does Hillary surround herself with girly men?  Obama and the experience question.  Plus: Lincoln, Madonna's new face and a Bush with real authority.  —  I would like to get your feedback on the subject of those who end up in Hillary's orbit.
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 …
Mark Blumenthal /
PENNSYLVANIA RESULTS BY RACE AND EDUCATION  —  I got a bit sidetracked yesterday, so apologies for the delay in posting this additional data from the Quinnipiac University Poll of Pennsylvania released yesterday.  In a post last week, I noted that Barack Obama's modest gains on the last Quinnipiac poll …
Discussion: The Plank and Truthdig
Frank Newport / Gallup:   Obama Dominates Clinton Among College Graduates
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The 100 Years Hedge  —  Josh Marshall comments on the GOP trying to distance McCain from his 100 years comment: … Dave Wiegel earlier this week: … My own view is that McCain's comment, in its most benign formulation, misses the key element here: Islam.
Matthew Yglesias:
100 Years  —  To back up something Josh Marshall's been pounding …
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE
Blitzer: Iraqis playing U.S. taxpayers for ‘suckers’?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Just before and immediately after the U.S. launched its invasion of Iraq, Bush administration officials optimistically predicted that Iraqi oil exports would soon finance the reconstruction of the country.  That didn't happen.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
For Many, a Boom That Wasn't  —  How has the United States economy gotten to this point?  —  It's not just the apparent recession.  Recessions happen.  If you tried to build an economy immune to the human emotions that produce boom and bust, you would end up with something that looked like East Germany.
Michelle Malkin:
The AP and Bilal Hussein: Story is not over  —  The Associated Press is reporting: … There is more to this story, believe me.  Amnesty does not equal absolution.  —  Stay tuned-and do not just rely on the conflict-of-interest-addled Associated Press for the news.
Discussion: The Jawa Report, Hot Air and
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Matthew Yglesias:
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A Superman Approach to Foreign Policy
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New U.S. weapon: Hand-held lie detector
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Byrd won't give up top committee spot
Discussion: Redstate
Lisa Zagaroli / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Pentagon tells lawmaker not to air Green Zone video again
Michael Lewis / Slate:
The Great McCain Story You've Probably Forgotten
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Official Had Controversial Photos Deleted, Report Says

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
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