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5:40 PM ET, April 13, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
Morning Call:
Obama's vision is reason to nominate him  —  Pennsylvania's Democratic voters on April 22 will choose between two candidates in the presidential primary.  Both are qualified to become the nation's chief executive.  They have more similarities than differences.
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Hillary Clinton's Booze Adviser  —  While I have enjoyed writing columns here at The Moderate Voice in the short time since Joe Gandelman invited me, I feel it only fair to give warning to both the Editor and our readers that I may be moving on to a new position which could stop me from doing this.
Discussion: The Impolitic
Fernando Suarez / CBS News:
Bottoms Up: Just Another Saturday Night For Clinton?  Shot of Whiskey, Beer and Pizza  —  From CBS News' Fernando Suarez:  —  CROWN POINT, IND. — Hillary Clinton mingled with patrons at Bronko's Restaurant and Lounge in northwest Indiana on Saturday night.
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Big Lizards:
Forget It.  It's Chinatown... Big Lizards Breaking Bombshell News!  —  Correction below: Secondary photographic charge refuted, but the primary charge remains; and even the secondary charge remains, albeit by other evidence, not the bottom photograph.  See below.
Stephen Braun / Los Angeles Times:
Bill Clinton, China linked via his foundation
Discussion: Political Machine and The Swamp
Matthew Forney / New York Times:
China's Loyal Youth
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 …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
‘Not relevant’ last time I went to church, fired gun  —  SCRANTON, Pennsylvania (CNN) - After a weekend spent making direct appeals to gun owners and church goers, Hillary Clinton said Sunday a query about the last time she fired a gun or attended church services “is not a relevant question in this debate” …
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.
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Solid Democratic Lead  —  Obama, Clinton hold slim advantages in presidential election preferences  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking for April 10-12 shows Barack Obama continuing to hold a solid lead over Hillary Clinton in national Democratic voters' support …
Discussion: The Swamp and
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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
IS ‘BITTER’ STICKING IN NORTH CAROLINA?  —  From NBC/NJ's Carrie Dann  —  GOLDSBORO, NC — As is evident from political journalists' email boxes today, the Clinton campaign appears to believe it's found a silver bullet — served with a side of brie and chardonnay — in Obama's recent controversial comments.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and The Mahablog
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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton Flashback: “All These Economically Insecure White People …
Discussion: TalkLeft and AMERICAblog
Kate Harding / Shakesville:
It's Time to Get Obama-Skeptical
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Jennifer McKee / Missoulian:
Baucus staffers in lobbyist pipeline
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Cliff Schecter Pwns John McCain
Discussion: Macsmind
Faiz / Think Progress:
'I don't even know who Petraeus and Crocker are.'
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Clinton Portrays Herself as a Pro-Gun Churchgoer
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Mary Matalin: Cheney is brilliant and People are sick of Bush bashing stuff
Discussion: Think Progress
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
Pope will pray for terrorists at Ground Zero
Discussion: The Belmont Club
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Will Clinton Over-Reach?  —  The “bitter” spat is gold …
Solomon Moore / New York Times:
Secret Iraqi Deal Shows Problems in Arms Orders