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1:00 PM ET, April 11, 2008


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Michael James / Political Punch:
From the Fact Check Desk: Former President Bill Clinton's Defense of His Wife's Bosnia Sniper-Fire Story  —  Former President Bill Clinton offered this bit of revisionist history of his wife's Bosnia story in Jasper, Ind., today, one riddled with a veritable sniper fire of errors — ones necessitating footnotes.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Taxpayers fund Bill Clinton spending  —  The Clintons have made a $100-million fortune since leaving the White House, but a Politico analysis found that hasn't kept Bill Clinton from taking full advantage of the publicly funded perks offered to ex-presidents.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bill Clinton defends wife's Bosnia remarks  —  Former President Bill Clinton gave a passionate defense Thursday of his wife's claim about “landing under sniper fire” - just as the damaging controversy was dying down.  —  Bill Clinton said the news media treated her like she'd “robbed a bank” …
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama may lose support in Philadelphia over ‘street money’  —  CULTURE CLASH: Barack Obama campaigns in Philadelphia last week.  His people are telling Democratic leaders there that he won't pay “street money” to those who help the campaign.  —  Candidates traditionally get out the money to get out the vote.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Begala: “Nothing But Contempt” For Penn, Compares Him To Rumsfeld  —  Longtime Clinton adviser and confidant Paul Begala took full aim at Mark Penn on Friday, expressing scorn for the recently demoted strategist, and comparing his time with the Clinton campaign to that of Donald Rumsfeld's tenure as Secretary of Defense.
Discussion: The Page
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama would have fired Penn
John McCormick / The Swamp:   OBAMA ON PENN AND COLOMBIA
Frank Davies / Mercury News:
Boos follow cheers as Jackie Speier becomes newest member of Congress  —  WASHINGTON - For a few feel-good moments on the floor of the U.S. House today, Jackie Speier basked in bipartisan applause as she was sworn in as its newest member.  Her family, supporters and kids cheered as she embraced her new colleagues.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Holocaust Declaration  —  On Tuesday Iran announced it was installing 6,000 more centrifuges — they produce enriched uranium, the key ingredient of a nuclear weapon — in addition to the 3,000 already operating.  The world yawned.  —  It is time to admit the truth …
Charles Krauthammer /   The Advancing Iranian Nuclear Program
Washington Post:
Big Donors Among Obama's Grass Roots  —  Sen. Barack Obama credits his presidential campaign with creating a “parallel public financing system” built on a wave of modest donations from homemakers and high school teachers.  Small givers, he said at a fundraiser this week …
Michael Yon / Wall Street Journal:
Let's ‘Surge’ Some More  —  It is said that generals always fight the last war.  But when David Petraeus came to town it was senators - on both sides of the aisle - who battled over the Iraq war of 2004-2006.  That war has little in common with the war we are fighting today.
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Bush Abdicates to Generals on Iraq; 10 Killed in Sadr City; Al-Maliki Excludes Sadrists  —  Bush Abdicates to Generals on Iraq;  —  10 Killed in Sadr City;  —  Al-Maliki Excludes Sadrists  —  War turns Republics into dictatorships.  The logic is actually quite simple.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Leahy privately expresses interest in replacing Byrd  —  Sen. Patrick Leahy is privately indicating interest in taking over the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee from an ailing Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) if necessary, four Democratic sources said Thursday.
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
America's Largest Protestant Denomination  —  David Hazony at Contentions points to a new poll that incidentally illustrates an important result of assimilation.  (Complete poll here, in pdf.)  The survey found that 82 percent of American Christians felt they had a “moral and biblical” …
Clinton laughs off Colombia questions  —  PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Hillary Clinton used her trademark laugh Thursday to deflect a question about the $800,000 her husband earned in 2005 giving speeches for a Bogota-based group that supports the Colombia free trade agreement — the same trade deal she currently opposes.
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog and Althouse
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James Ridgeway / Mother Jones:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Peter Carlson / Washington Post:
Kitchen Diplomacy  —  Hot Sauce to Nuclear Talks …
Discussion: The Corner
Phil Izzo / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Hasn't Hit Bottom, Survey Says
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Unforgiven  —  In early August of 2006, four weeks …
Discussion: The Corner
Boston Herald:
Barry Nolan pleads: Give Bill the boot!
Discussion: Think Progress and TVNewser
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
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