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3:25 PM ET, April 13, 2008


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The Politico:
What Clinton wishes she could say  —  Why, ask many Democrats and media commentators, won't Hillary Rodham Clinton see the long odds against her, put her own ambitions aside, and gracefully embrace Barack Obama as the inevitable Democratic nominee?  —  Here is why: She and Bill Clinton …
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 …
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Obama expresses regret for remarks on small towns
Discussion: Redstate and Publius Pundit
James Romoser / Winston-Salem Journal# North …:   Obama says he regrets remarks about “bitter” small-town Americans
Michael Young / Reason Magazine:
Barack's New Deal  —  Over at Powerline, there is an interesting post …
Discussion: American Spectator
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.
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
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.
Radley Balko / The Agitator:
So About That Tree of Liberty...
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Radar:
Carter Will Not Endorse Until The Convention  —  ABC News' Mary Bruce Reports: Former President Jimmy Carter confirmed in an exclusive “This Week” interview with George Stephanopoulos that he will not be endorsing any time soon.  “The only thing I know is that, I have not made an endorsement …
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 …
Diane Smith / EfluxMedia:
“Dr. Phil” Staff Bails Out Girl Jailed for YouTube Beating  —  The TV talk show Dr. Phil McGraw confirmed on Saturday the fact that its staff bailed out of Florida jail one of the girls involved in the violent video posted on YouTube.  The video depicted several teen girls beating one of their classmates while filming her.
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.
Art Golab / Chicago Sun Times:
Rev. Jeremiah Wright criticizes media at Eugene Pincham funeral  —  The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., former pastor of Barack Obama's Trinity United Church of Christ, has kept a low profile since some of his sermons landed him in the middle of a political firestorm.
Faiz / Think Progress:
'I don't even know who Petraeus and Crocker are.'  —  The Washington Post writes that “few Iraqis paid much attention” to the testimonies of Gen. David Petraeus and Amb.  Ryan Crocker: … “I don't even know who Petraeus and Crocker are,” said 31-year old shop owner Yasser Kadhoum al-Khafaji.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Mary Matalin: Cheney is brilliant and People are sick of Bush bashing stuff  —  While talking about possible VP's on Meet the Press, Lady MacCheney praises her ex-boss by having the audacity to say Dick Cheney is brilliant because he overstepped his authority and turned the VP's office into a Co-Presidency.
Discussion: Think Progress
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
Pope will pray for terrorists at Ground Zero  —  The Pope will pray for the redemption of Islamic terrorists when he visits the site of the September 11 attacks in New York next week.  —  The pontiff will call for terrorists to convert to Christianity, saying: “Turn to Your way of love …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: Hot Air
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Cliff Schecter Pwns John McCain
Discussion: Macsmind
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Clinton Portrays Herself as a Pro-Gun Churchgoer
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Attack of the preschool perverts
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Lisa DePaulo / Men's Fashion, Men's Clothing …:
Judas Speaks  —  Judas Speaks  —  Bill Richardson on loyalty …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
CORPORATE WELFARE UPDATE....The housing bill easily passed the Senate on Thursday:
Discussion: The RBC and Pacific Views
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Tavis Smiley Will Cut Ties With Joyner Radio Show
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA IN 2004  —  TPM Reader GB sent me in the video …
Marie Woolf / Times of London:
Pirates can claim UK asylum
Pajamas Media:
Free Speech in an Age of Jihad
Discussion: The Corner, Argghhh! and TigerHawk
New York Times:
Behind Air Chaos, an F.A.A. Pendulum Swing
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Will Clinton Over-Reach?  —  The “bitter” spat is gold …
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Solomon Moore / New York Times:
Secret Iraqi Deal Shows Problems in Arms Orders
Clinton touts her experience with guns