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11:45 AM ET, April 13, 2008


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Big Lizards:
Forget It.  It's Chinatown... Big Lizards Breaking Bombshell News!  —  The most iconic photograph from the riots attending the torch-bearing ceremony, the one that has every tongue wagging, is surely this one: A Tibetan supporter violently assaulting a wheelchair-bound woman carrying the torch through Paris.
Discussion: Hot Air
Stephen Braun / Los Angeles Times:
Bill Clinton, China linked via his foundation  —  A firm that has donated to the president's charity is accused of collaborating with the government in its crackdown on Tibetan activists.  Hillary Clinton has spoken out against China's actions.  —  NEW YORK — As Chinese authorities …
Discussion: The Swamp and Political Machine
Matthew Forney / New York Times:
China's Loyal Youth  —  MANY sympathetic Westerners view Chinese society along the lines of what they saw in the waning days of the Soviet Union: a repressive government backed by old hard-liners losing its grip to a new generation of well-educated, liberal-leaning sophisticates.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
12 reasons ‘bitter’ is bad for Obama  —  A Clinton comeback was looking far-fetched.  But operatives in both parties were buzzing about that possibility Saturday following the revelation that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told wealthy San Franciscans that small-town Pennsylvanians and Midwesterners …
Discussion: Perfunction, The Page and Reuters
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Obama expresses regret for remarks on small towns
Discussion: Redstate and Publius Pundit
Chris Stephen / Scotsman:
It's Obama, stupid: Carter and Gore to end Clinton bid  —  DEMOCRAT grandees Jimmy Carter and Al Gore are being lined-up to deliver the coup de grâce to Hillary Clinton and end her campaign to become president.  —  Falling poll numbers and a string of high-profile blunders …
Megan McArdle:
Dancing fools  —  I was very sorry to be missing this, as I'm out of DC for the weekend, but not as sorry as I am now—someone just got arrested.  —  The background: twenty people were at the Jefferson Memorial, dancing to the private groove of their own iPods so as not to disturb anyone.
Discussion: TigerHawk
Radley Balko / The Agitator:
So About That Tree of Liberty...  Tonight, a group of about 20 D.C.-area libertarians headed down to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial for some flash mob fun.  The prank was harmless revelry: To ring in Jefferson's birthday, we would meet on the steps of the memorial at 11:55pm, wearing iPods …
Julian Sanchez:
Hijinks Ensue  —  Twitter informs me that a friend …
Booman Tribune:
Serious Question  —  The ACLU wants a special prosecutor to investigate Bush's admission that he authorized torture.  I think that is a swell idea that is likely to go nowhere.  —  I hear John Conyers asked an assembled crowd today in Philadelphia whether any of them would object to impeaching the president.
Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier / Denver Post:
Joking students called on the carpet  —  The pair at Colorado College are rebuked over a feminist-newsletter parody seen as threatening.  —  A satirical response to a feminist publication at Colorado College has landed the college and two of its students in the middle of a fierce debate over freedom of speech.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Will Clinton Over-Reach?  —  The “bitter” spat is gold for Morris-Rove politics, which is why Clinton is exploiting it so baldly.  It is exactly the kind of debate that has constructed American politics since Vietnam; it is exactly the kind of politics that Obama has been trying to transcend.
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Marie Woolf / Times of London:
Pirates can claim UK asylum  —  THE Royal Navy, once the scourge of brigands on the high seas, has been told by the Foreign Office not to detain pirates because doing so may breach their human rights.  —  Warships patrolling pirate-infested waters, such as those off Somalia …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA IN 2004  —  TPM Reader GB sent me in the video of a 2004 appearance by Barack Obama on the Charlie Rose show in which he talks about the same issue of rural and working class Americans and the Democratic party.  It's from November 23rd, 2004, so just after Obama was first elected …
Discussion: Angry Bear
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Tom Burka / Opinions You Should Have:
Entire Liberal Blogosphere Actually Just One Incredibly Prolific Man
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FOR IT, BEFORE SHE WAS AGAINST IT  —  Theda Skocpol writes in ...
Discussion: TalkLeft and TPMCafe
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Tavis Smiley Will Cut Ties With Joyner Radio Show
Associated Press:
Misfired artillery crashes into girl's bed
Pajamas Media:
Free Speech in an Age of Jihad
Discussion: The Corner and TigerHawk
New York Times:
Behind Air Chaos, an F.A.A. Pendulum Swing
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Solomon Moore / New York Times:
Secret Iraqi Deal Shows Problems in Arms Orders
Clinton touts her experience with guns
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
We Don't Need No Stinkin' Context
Discussion: Don Surber
Stephen Khan / The Independent:
Furore over Hitchens's sapphic slip
Discussion: protein wisdom
Dick Cavett:
Memo to Petraeus & Crocker: More Laughs, Please
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
BACK TO THE CAMPAIGN.  —  This may sound odd, but man am …
Jane Smiley / The Huffington Post:
Here We Go Again  —  You know, I just spent seven and a half …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Forbes Blogger / Trailwatch:
Obama's Magic Numbers
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:
Donk Duet  —  Obama: Unelectable, that's what you are
Discussion: Primordial Slack
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
In Job Search, Gonzales Sees No Takers