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10:40 PM ET, April 9, 2008


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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%.
Canadian Press:
Canadian voters ‘heart’ Obama despite NAFTA  —  OTTAWA — The NAFTA controversy has done nothing to diminish Barack Obama's popularity with Canadian voters, a new poll suggests.  —  In fact, a Harris-Decima survey suggests Canadian support for the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate …
Discussion: Political Machine
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
McCain's path to victory  —  A Republican can win the White House, but first he needs an opponent  —  Republican presidential hopeful John McCain at a Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House, April 8, 2008.  —  Political Director  —  WASHINGTON - It is April of 2008 …
Discussion: Commentary and Washington Wire
Taegan Goddard / Political Insider:
Obama's Case for Opting Out
Discussion: Truthdig
Sources: Top Bush Advisors Approved ‘Enhanced Interrogation’  —  Detailed Discussions Were Held About Techniques to Use on al Qaeda Suspects  —  By JAN CRAWFORD GREENBURG, HOWARD L. ROSENBERG and ARIANE de VOGUE  —  In dozens of top-secret talks and meetings in the White House …
Marc Ambinder:
War Crimes  —  A provocative headline, I know, perhaps needlessly so, but it remains one of those hidden secrets in Washington that a Democratic Justice Department is going to be very interested in figuring out whether there's a case to be made that senior Bush Administration officials were guilty of war crimes.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
The Aria of Chris Matthews  —  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,” Matthews yelled …
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
As Chicago Bids for Games, Obama Ducks Olympics Criticism  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Barack Obama doesn't seem to want to talk about the Olympics or Senator Clinton's call for a boycott of the opening ceremonies on August 8, 2008.  —  At a town hall in Malvern, Pennsylvania …
CNN:   House passes Chinese crackdown resolution
Cathryn Khalil / KLTV-TV:
Athens School ‘Attack’ Proven To Be False, Girl To Be Charged  —  There are major new developments today in the case of a supposed beating of a student from Athens Middle School.  —  Charges are being filed against 13 year old Melanie Bowers by Athens ISD through the Henderson County District …
Adam Russell / Tyler Morning Telegraph:   Athens Student Caused Injuries to Herself
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.
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.
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
AP photographer granted Iraqi amnesty  —  BAGHDAD - An Iraqi judicial committee has dismissed terrorism-related allegations against Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein and ordered him released nearly two years after he was detained by the U.S. military.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Implicit Prejudice Revealed: Opposition to a Woman President … That is from an interesting new paper by Matthew Streb, Barbara Burrell, Brian Frederick, and Michael Genovese (gated here, ungated here).  —  Here's the experiment, which was conducted in a March 2006 poll.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Bill Scher / Today's Ideas & Actions:
Occupying Iraq Is Just Like Occupying ... Alabama?  —  Earlier this week, I mentioned that the conservative blog RedState is trying to pressure the traditional media to treat critiques of John McCain's embrace of a 100-year occupation of Iraq as lies and distortion.
Matthew Yglesias:
Pew on the Middle Class  —  This is a pretty striking trend.  Politically, it's a bit tricky since the salient trend is the dramatic narrowing of the better/worse gap, but the betters still outnumber the worses.  You want to tap into the sentiments of the growing “worse” bloc …
Discussion: Eschaton
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain's “Goodbye To All That”  —  Ross and Mickey don't approve this message:  —  I do.  It's an encouraging sign that McCain is not going to pull a Rove this fall; it's a deft way of dealing with racial difference - check out the number of African-Americans in the ad - and it co-opts the “Goodbye To All That” appeal of Obama.
Discussion: The New Republic and Ross Douthat
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.
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Lee Smith / The New Republic:
The Trouble With Talking  —  It's practically accepted wisdom …
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
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Bill Dedman / MSNBC:
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Petraeus Overplays His Hand
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Wall of silence broken at state's Muslim public school

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