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12:50 AM ET, April 15, 2008


 Top Items: 
Gallup Daily: Obama Numbers Holding Strong  —  Maintains a 10-point lead over Clinton for Democratic nomination  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama, who has come under attack by his presidential rivals for describing small-town voters as “bitter,” seems to be weathering the storm to this point as far as voters are concerned.
Is Clinton's Pennsylvania Lead Really 20 Points?  —  A new survey showing Sen. Hillary Clinton leading Sen. Barack Obama by 20 percentage points in Pennsylvania comes from a polling firm with a shaky track record this election season.  —  The poll, which topped the Drudge Report on Monday afternoon …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
America's turn: How bitter are you?  Vote now  —  For days now we've all been reading about how bitter or not bitter small-town Pennsylvanians are.  —  All three major remaining presidential candidates — Sens. John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who started this whole thing …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
New poll shows Barack Obama tanking in Pennsylvania  —  The first fresh poll results from Pennsylvania are in since Barack Obama's “bitter” comments about people in small towns exploded as a news story, and the findings could hardly be worse for the Democratic presidential contender.
Nitya / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton Keeps ‘Bitter’ Alive
Discussion: Hot Air, Spin Cycle and The Page
Mark Blumenthal /
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Rendell: ‘Bitter’ flap of marginal import
Discussion: Political Machine and Daily Kos
Pol Watchers:
Republicans talk about Iraq, Obama at N. Ky. dinner  —  UPDATE 6 P.M. 4/14/08: CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO OF REMARKS BY U.S. REP. GEOFF DAVIS  —  Republican U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning laid out their case for Republicans keeping control of the White House in the 2008 election during …
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
ONLY A REPUBLICAN COULD BE SO STUPID...  Well, so much for any advantage relating to “elitism” the Republicans may have had with regard to Obama's “God, guns, and racism” remarks at the San Francisco fundraiser.  —  Only on a planet inhabited by such ignoramuses, such geese as this GOP Congressman …
Discussion: Macsmind
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Oh ‘boy’...  From NBC's Mark Murray and Mike Viqueira
Discussion: Corrente
Patrick Crowley / N. Ky. Politics:
Davis taking heat for Obama comment
Discussion: Firedoglake and MyDD
Matt / Think Progress:
Lieberman: It's ‘a good question’ to ask if Obama is ‘a Marxist.’  —  In his New York Times column today, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol claimed that Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) now-infamous “bitter” remarks sound like Karl Marx's “famous statement about religion.”
Will Bunch /
Obama would ask his AG to “immediately review” potential of crimes in Bush White House  —  Tonight I had an opportunity to ask Barack Obama a question that is on the minds of many Americans, yet rarely rises to the surface in the great ruckus of the 2008 presidential race …
Discussion: Washington Post and Booman Tribune
Michael Ledeen / The Corner:
Italy: It's a landslide  —  Huge, perhaps historic, victory for Berlusconi's “Popolo della liberta' ” (which translates a bit awkwardly as “the people of liberty;” maybe it's better to call it “the freedom folks").  It's considerably worse than AP lets on.  Berlusconi defeated Walter Veltroni's …
Discussion: Guardian and Jules Crittenden
Ian Fisher / New York Times:
Economy Ailing, Frustrated Italy Picks Berlusconi
Discussion: Beautiful Horizons and The Caucus
Mike Allen / The Politico:
‘Annie Oakley’ changes her tune  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), who has cast herself in the past few days as a champion of gun owners, had a very different message when she spoke eight years ago to the Newspaper Association of America.  —  “CLINTON TAKES AIM AT GUNS,” …
The Trail:
Clinton Met With Cries of ‘No!’ in Latest Bitter Speech
Rick Maze / Army Times:
McCain reveals confusion over Petraeus role  —  Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona may not have been paying the closest of attention last week during hearings on the Bush administration's Iraq policy.  —  Speaking Monday at the annual meeting of the Associated Press …
Drudge Report:
MCCAIN: ‘HILLARY CAN STILL PULL IT OFF’; SENATOR PREFERS CLINTON CONTEST  —  Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has confided to his inner circle that Hillary Clinton may yet be the Democratic nominee, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, a development the senator from Arizona would personally welcome!
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain Takes Bold Stance On Torture: ‘We Cannot Ever Torture Any American’  —  Today, during the question-and-answer period of Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) address to the Associated Press, a journalist asked McCain about torturing terrorism detainees, saying “Don't we stand for something better?”
Rebecca Traister / Salon:
Hey, Obama boys: Back off already!  —  Dana Lossia, a 29-year-old labor lawyer in Brooklyn, describes herself as a “pretty big Obama supporter. ”  She worked for a year at Michelle Obama's Public Allies Chicago, where she met Barack a few times.  She called him “the most inspiring, amazing person, a different kind of politician.”
Natasha Korecki / Eye on Rezko:
Obama bomb dropped  —  When Tony Rezko held a reception at his home for Iraqi-born billionaire Nadhmi Auchi on April 3, 2004, White House hopeful Barack Obama and his wife were also there, Stuart Levine testified just now at Rezko's trial.  —  Auchi is the man who provided Rezko a $3.5 million loan …
Matthew Yglesias:
Gaffes  —  One thing I wonder about is how much do “campaign gaffes” really matter?  My guess is that their perceived importance is mostly an illusion.  I mean, people point to plenty of examples of campaigns that lost, in large part, “because of” this or that gaffe or damaging random thing dredged …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
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Decades of working-class neglect - now that's insulting
Media Matters for America:
AP scrubbed Hadley's reportedly mistaken reference to “Nepal”
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A DNC picket line
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Complaint filed at the Canadian Human Rights Commission against a Montreal imam
Discussion: Jay Currie
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
AP Chairman Refers to “Obama bin Laden” — In Posing Question to Barack Obama
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
YOU BITTER?  —  I've gotten asked by a lot of readers …
Discussion: Corrente