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2:45 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.
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” …
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.
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Round 15 of Snipergate, c/o Bill Clinton
Discussion: Say Anything, Gothamist and Media Blog
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Street money  —  The Los Angeles Times reports from Philadelphia …
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Baltimore Sun:
Strategic confusion  —  Misunderstanding Iran's role works to increase its influence in Iraq  —  In their testimony before Congress this week, Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker and General David Petraeus portrayed recent clashes between competing Iraqi factions as a fight between the Iraqi government …
Joe Klein / Swampland:   Krauthammer Bombs  —  Some thoughts about Charles Krauthammer's …
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:   So Iran Is Deterrable After All?  —  Joe Klein makes …
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 …
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.
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.
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Michael Yon: We've Always Been Winning In Eurasia  —  Michael Yon apparently thinks you can't Google.  Here he is today in the WSJ: … Very compelling stuff!  Victory within our grasp!  We're finally winning!  —  But wait — what did he say about the war 2 years ago? … I'm shocked.
Associated Press:
Clinton campaign office destroyed by fire  —  TERRE HAUTE, Indiana (AP) - Firefighters are investigating a blaze that destroyed the presidential campaign office of Hillary Clinton in Terre Haute.  —  The fire broke out after midnight Friday, and flames were coming from the building when firefighters arrived.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Notes From The Reality Based  —  Paul Krugman steps up to defend Hillarity's thematically defensible but factually challenged health care parable.  One might have guessed that since Hillary took flak for getting the facts wrong, Krugman would take care to get the facts right.  Guess again:
James Ridgeway / Mother Jones:
Exclusive: Cops and Former Secret Service Agents Ran Black Ops on Green Groups  —  NEWS: Meet the private security firm that spied on Greenpeace and other environmental outfits for corporate clients.  A tale of intrigue, infiltration, and dumpster-diving.  —  A private security company organized …
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
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Bush Job Approval at 28%, Lowest of His Administration  —  Only Nixon and Truman have had lower job approval ratings  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President George W. Bush's job approval rating has dropped to 28%, the lowest of his administration.  Bush's approval is lower than that of any president …
Discussion: The Swamp and Donklephant
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
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Michael Evans / Times of London:
Spy photos reveal ‘secret launch site’ for Iran's long-range missiles