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1:15 AM ET, April 11, 2008


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Gateway Pundit:
SHOCKING— New Obama Audio Posted Online!  —  This is just amazing.  —  If Obama really wanted to have a talk about race he could start by explaining his hateful words on this audio.  —  (9 minutes 53 seconds)  —  Just words?  —  Bob McCarty also finds it shocking.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
McCain erases Obama lead  —  WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. John McCain has erased Sen. Barack Obama's 10-point advantage in a head-to-head matchup, leaving him essentially tied with both Democratic candidates in an Associated Press-Ipsos national poll released Thursday.
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Reverses Himself on Mortgage Position  —  Senator John McCain, who drew criticism last month after he warned against broad government intervention to solve the deepening mortgage crisis, pivoted Thursday and called for the federal government to aid some homeowners in danger of losing their homes …
Discussion: The Trail
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Is that really a naked woman in Dick Cheney's sunglasses?  —  WASHINGTON — He shot his hunting partner, but Vice President Dick Cheney apparently doesn't fly fish with naked women.  —  Since Wednesday, the blogosphere has been atwitter over a photograph on the White House Web site of Cheney …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: Elie Weisel is a piker  —  Someone at the Barack Obama campaign had better start watching the hyperbole meter when Obama gets off script.  When a questioner at a Levittown event asked Obama about his church's fascination with Louis Farrakhan, Obama offered a very strange defense.
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton Retells Hillary's 1996 Bosnia Story  —  ABC News' Sarah Amos and Eloise Harper Report: After a trip to Puerto Rico and two days entirely off the campaign trail, former President Bill Clinton eagerly discussed myriad topics with the crowd that awaited him in Boonville, Ind. …
Obama: I'm not ‘getting fresh or anything’  —  (CNN) - Barack Obama appeared to have a bit of an awkward moment on the campaign trail in South Bend, Indiana.  —  From the pool report:  —  “[Obama] posed for report pictures with the staff when he apparently felt his phone start to vibrate …
Discussion: Shakesville and Cliff Schecter …
John McCormick / The Swamp:   That buzz in Obama's pocket
Joe Klein / Time:
Petraeus Meets His Match
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Phillip Carter / Intel Dump:
Bush's Stubborn Strategy  —  Following two days of testimony to Congress by his top soldier and his top diplomat in Iraq, President Bush announced today that he would accept their recommendations and keep 140,000 American troops in Iraq for the foreseeable future.  Or at least until Jan. 20, 2009, when he leaves the White House.
Rasmussen Reports:
29% Favor National Health Insurance Overseen by Federal Government  —  Twenty-nine percent (29%) of American adults favor a national health insurance program overseen by the Federal Government.  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 39% oppose such a government-led initiative while 31% are not sure.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Alaska Senate
Steve Clemons / The Huffington Post:
Obama Triangulates and Won't Go Where Other Great Americans Will on Hamas  —  Ben Smith of Politico points out that Barack Obama has “drawn a line” regarding which of the world's problematic bad guys should be met by Presidents like himself — and Jimmy Carter.  He thinks Carter should not meet any Hamas leaders.
Discussion: War in Context and
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Carter and Hamas  —  It's an opportunity for Obama to draw a line, and he takes it:
Discussion: Hot Air
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Polls: Clinton's lead down to 4 points in Pennsylvania  —  (CNN) — Sen. Hilary Clinton's lead over Sen. Barack Obama in the crucial primary state of Pennsylvania has dwindled to 4 points, a CNN average of recent polls calculated Thursday shows.  —  The New York senator now holds …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Michael Duffy / Time:
TIME Poll: Clinton 6 Points Up in Pennsylvania
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
The Huffington Post:
Randi Rhodes Quits Air America Rather Than Apologize For Hillary Clinton “F*cking Whore” Remark; “There's Relief And Joy” At The Station  —  Update: The Huffington Post has learned that Randi Rhodes quit Air America after being asked by the network to apologize for her inflammatory remarks against Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro.
New York Post:
IRAN'S BUSTED IRAQ BID  —  BASRA ‘RISING’ WAS TEHRAN'S OP  —  A GAMBLE that proved too costly.  —  That's how analysts in Tehran describe events last month in Basra.  Iran's state-run media have de facto confirmed that this was no spontaneous “uprising.”
As Election Race Shifts, so do Women's Opinions of the Candidates, With Perception of Hillary Clinton Changing the Most  —  New Lifetime Networks' Every Woman Counts poll takes women's political pulse.  —  Sign In or Register to Assign a Topic  —  New York — As part of its Every Woman Counts campaign …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
McCain Gets the Boot From Project Vote Smart  —  Project Vote Smart, the nonpartisan voter-education nonprofit, confirms today that it has kicked John McCain off its board.  Mother Jones reported on Monday that PVS was prepared to make the move due to McCain's nine-month refusal to fill out its Political Courage Test.
Discussion: Majikthise and American Street
Glenn Beck / CNN:
America needs a 12-step program  —  Editor's note: “Glenn Beck” is on Headline News nightly at 7 and 9 ET.  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — My name is Glenn Beck, and I am a recovering alcoholic.  —  It took me a lot of years and a lot of pain to be able to say those words and really believe them.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Macsmind
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Votes to Put Off Trade Deal Bush Sought
Discussion: Open Left
Times of London:
Athletes who take Tibet stand ‘face Olympic cut’
Kathy G. / The G Spot:
Monopsony in motion  —  Megan McCardle writes that the …
Scholars and Rogues:
How to win the Iraq war debate against your dumb friends
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
John Byrne / The Raw Story:
Veterans Affairs refuses voter registration for wounded
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Have Republicans given up on FISA and telecom amnesty?
Discussion: The Hill and Think Progress
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
President Is Boss, Clinton Says
Discussion: Political Radar
Iain Murray / The Corner:
Killing in the Name of Safety?
 Earlier Items: 
Max Boot / Commentary:
The Secret History of Neoconservatism
Michelle Malkin:
Hey, remember when I praised McCain's housing stance? …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Muslim blogger makes his own version of “Fitna” — about Christianity
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Snakes with legs  —  What was lost tens of millions of years ago is now found.
Marc Ambinder:
War Crimes! An Elaboration
Sue Shellenbarger / Wall Street Journal:
The Blogger Mom, In Your Face
Discussion: On Deadline
Brad DeLong / Salon:
No, Hillary Clinton shouldn't be winning
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Obama Talks All Things LGBT with The Advocate