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11:45 AM ET, April 12, 2008


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Karl / protein wisdom:
Barack Obama: What's the matter with Pennsylvania?  —  To briefly recap: Barack Obama made comments to limousine liberals at a San Francisco fundraiser that people in small town Pennsylvania (and in the Midwest, though Obama is wrong to place PA there) are “bitter” and “cling to guns or religion …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and QandO
Hindrocket / Power Line:
IS OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN OVER?  —  It may be.  I don't see how anyone known to have uttered these words can be elected President: … Barack Obama's arrogance has been evident for some time, and it's no shock, perhaps, to learn that that he shares this bigoted opinion, common among urban liberals, of people who live in “small towns.”
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's “Gaffe:” Some Perspective  —  We're dealing tonight with a classic Kinsleyian “gaffe,” where a candidate says what he means and then is forced to account for it.  Let's separate, for the moment, the politics of Obama's words from the argument he is making.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Transcript of Obama's Remarks at San Francisco Fundraiser Sunday  —  OBAMA: So, it depends on where you are, but I think it's fair to say that the places where we are going to have to do the most work are the places where people are most cynical about government.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Opponents Call Obama Remarks ‘Out of Touch’  —  TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — As Senator Barack Obama sought to broaden his appeal to voters in southern Indiana on Friday, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain separately criticized him as being out of touch with the middle class …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Big Brass Blog
Glenn Reynolds /
Discussion: Commentary, Bill Hobbs and Chicago Boyz
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Obama's None-Too-Bright Remarks
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Responds To Criticism
Discussion: Pajamas Media and American Street
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain camp hammers Obama on small town comments
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Iran Top Threat To Iraq, U.S. Says  —  Last week's violence in Basra and Baghdad has convinced the Bush administration that actions by Iran, and not al-Qaeda, are the primary threat inside Iraq, and has sparked a broad reassessment of policy in the region, according to senior U.S. officials.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Iran Fighting Proxy War in Iraq, U.S. Envoy Says
Discussion: The Belmont Club and BLACKFIVE
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Bush Approved Meetings on Interrogation Techniques  —  President's Comments to ABC News Prove Top-Level Involvement in Allowing Harsh Coercion  —  President Bush said Friday that he was aware his top national security advisers had discussed the details of harsh interrogation tactics to be used on detainees.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Administration Set to Use New Spy Program in U.S.  —  Congressional Critics Want More Assurances of Legality  —  The Bush administration said yesterday that it plans to start using the nation's most advanced spy technology for domestic purposes soon, rebuffing challenges by House Democrats over the idea's legal authority.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Great Expectations for a Conservative Group Seem All but Dashed  —  The conservative group Freedom's Watch, headlined by two former senior White House officials, had been expected to be a deep-pocketed juggernaut in this year's presidential election, heralded by supporters on the right …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Legal Immigrants, Until They Applied for Citizenship  —  SELINSGROVE, Pa. — Dr. Pedro Servano always believed that his journey from his native Philippines to the life of a community doctor in Pennsylvania would lead to American citizenship.  —  But the doctor, who has tended to patients …
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
4th ID Soldiers Make Incredible Find  —  Sergeant Zach Mott of the 3rd BCT of the 4th ID wrote this story (and took the photo after the Jump):
Discussion: The Corner
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Cheney on the Warpath Again?  —  Vice President Cheney went on right-wing talk radio yesterday with a dramatic new argument for preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons, casting the Iranian leadership as apocalyptic zealots who yearn for a nuclear conflagration.
German staging of Verdi's A Masked Ball on 9/11 with naked cast in Mickey Mouse masks  —  By Harry de Quetteville in Berlin  —  A German opera house is to unveil a provocative new production staged in the ruins of New York's World Trade Centre.  —  It features naked pensioners and Mickey Mouse masks …
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The Obese Feel More Discrimination
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Digg
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama may lose support in Philadelphia over ‘street money’
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And the Purge Begins: Progressives Stricken from Obama Delegate List
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