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9:15 AM ET, April 13, 2008

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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 …
Washington Post:
‘Bitter’ Is a Hard Pill For Obama to Swallow  —  He Stands by Sentiment as Clinton Pounces  —  Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday expressed regret about the way he phrased a remark describing the plight of Americans who live in small towns, as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign continued …
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Clinton Campaign Further Strengthens the Democratic Party
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Live Blogging Today's Clinton Campaign Press Call
Discussion: NO QUARTER
ACLU:
Bush Admits To Knowledge of Torture Authorization by Top Advisers  —  ACLU Calls for Independent Counsel to Investigate Administration's Approval of Torture and Abuse  —  ACLU Washington Legislative Office, (202) 675-2312 or media@dcaclu.org  —  National ACLU, (917) 251-8654 or media@aclu.org
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Booman Tribune:
Serious Question  —  The ACLU wants a special prosecutor …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
Stephen Khan / The Independent:
Furore over Hitchens's sapphic slip  —  When is a lesbian not a lesbian?  When the person in question is a gay, Catholic, conservative blogger by the name of Andrew Sullivan, it would seem.  —  For when Sullivan was stuck for words on an American news discussion programme last week …
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
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
In Job Search, Gonzales Sees No Takers  —  WASHINGTON — Alberto R. Gonzales, like many others recently unemployed, has discovered how difficult it can be to find a new job.  Mr. Gonzales, the former attorney general, who was forced to resign last year, has been unable to interest law firms …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
We Don't Need No Stinkin' Context  —  The silliest thing I have read today comes from the Big Tent Democrat, who takes up otherwise useful space at Jeralyn Merritt's TalkLeft.  The BTD compares and contrasts a McCain statement that is being offered as the moral equivalent of Obama's small town gaffe.
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CNN:
Clinton touts her experience with guns  —  VALPARAISO, Indiana (CNN) — Hillary Clinton appealed to Second Amendment supporters on Saturday by hinting that she has some experience of her own pulling triggers.  —  “I disagree with Sen. Obama's assertion that people in our country cling to guns …
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
Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:
Hillary: Practically A Redneck Pennsylbaman Herself  —  We learn many, many things from the illuminating video below.  —  Hillary's pop stacked paper at Dunder-Miflin Scranton, grandpappy was an 11 year-old bobbin boy in the Scranton mills, and she herself grew up a God-fearing gun-toter.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Dick Cavett:
Memo to Petraeus & Crocker: More Laughs, Please  —  Once again it is time to bid aloha to that sober team of mirthless entertainers, Petraeus & Crocker.  —  It's hard to imagine where you could find another pair of such sleep-inducing performers.  —  I can't look at Petraeus …
Solomon Moore / New York Times:
Secret Iraqi Deal Shows Problems in Arms Orders  —  BAGHDAD — An $833 million Iraqi arms deal secretly negotiated with Serbia has underscored Iraq's continuing problems equipping its armed forces, a process that has long been plagued by corruption and inefficiency.
Forbes Blogger / Trailwatch:
Obama's Magic Numbers  —  In recent weeks, Trailwatch has repeatedly discussed Hillary Clinton's poor prospects for catching Barrack Obama in the delegate race for the Democratic nomination.  It is starting to look like Obama can now win enough delegates, 2,024, to secure the nomination before the Democrats meet in late August.
Discussion: Donklephant
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Obama needs only 33% of SuperDelegates to get nomination
Discussion: TalkLeft
 
 
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
BACK TO THE CAMPAIGN.  —  This may sound odd, but man am …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
‘Steady Hand’ for the G.O.P. Guides McCain on a New Path
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Jane Smiley / The Huffington Post:
Here We Go Again  —  You know, I just spent seven and a half …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:
Donk Duet  —  Obama: Unelectable, that's what you are
Discussion: Primordial Slack
Marc Ambinder:
Bittergate: Going Forward
Discussion: Open Left
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
I Get To Nitpick Gary Wills
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Where Obama's ‘bitter’ comments go from here
Discussion: MSNBC, The Trail and MyDD
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
What's the Matter With Chicago?
Rachel Lucas:
Today I know the meaning of 'butthurt.'UPDATED
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
US troops suffer worst week this year
Discussion: Donklephant, Hot Air and KnoxViews
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Cafferty's defense  —  The Obama campaign sent out this CNN segment …
Discussion: Redstate and Hot Air