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11:10 AM ET, April 14, 2008


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William Kristol / New York Times:
The Mask Slips  —  I haven't read much Karl Marx since the early 1980s, when I taught political philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.  Still, it didn't take me long this weekend to find my copy of “The Marx-Engels Reader,” edited by Robert C. Tucker — a book that was assigned …
Rasmussen Reports:
56% Disagree with Obama's Comments on Small Town America  —  Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide disagree with Barack Obama's statement that people in small towns “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Democrats Wrangle Over Words and Beliefs  —  GRANTHAM, Pa. — A candidate forum devoted to issues of faith and justice became another flash point for Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton to spar in their intensifying nominating fight, with the candidates exchanging frosty glances Sunday night …
USA Today:
No ‘bitter’ aftertaste? How Obama gaffe plays
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Obama Fires Back at Clinton: ‘Shame on Her’
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Invokes Annie Oakley
Discussion: Little Miss Attila
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Iraqis aren't stupid — and they're watching us  —  Last month, Vets for Freedom visited the Twin Cities to talk about their experience in Iraq — and got rewarded by being booted from a local high school.  Michael Honeycutt and I, along with hundreds of people from our community …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Michael Honeycutt / Minneapolis Star Tribune:   We must not leave the Iraqis vulnerable
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Goes on Offense After Fumble  —  GRANTHAM, Pa. — Sen. Barack Obama sharply mocked his Democratic rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sunday night as he found himself defending his candidacy to white working-class voters for the second time in a month.  —  Sen. Obama accused Sen. Clinton …
Larry Eichel /
Candidates let ads do the talking
Discussion: New York Times and Examiner
Hasani Gittens / New York Post:
HARD-CORE MARILYN  —  FBI'S MONROE SEX FLICK SOLD FOR $1.5M  —  Some really like it hot.  —  In the sordid tradition of peddling raunchy video footage of celebrities à la Paris Hilton, a long-buried sex movie of Marilyn Monroe recently hit the market, a top collector told The Post.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Housing Woes in U.S. Spread Around Globe  —  DUBLIN — The collapse of the housing bubble in the United States is mutating into a global phenomenon, with real estate prices swooning from the Irish countryside and the Spanish coast to Baltic seaports and even parts of northern India.
Discussion: American Street
Adam Entous / Reuters:
Israel snubs Carter and declines security help  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's secret service has declined to assist U.S. agents guarding former U.S. President Jimmy Carter during a visit in which Israeli leaders have shunned him, U.S. sources close to the matter said on Monday.
Discussion: Hot Air and Israel Matzav
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
MR. AND MS. SPOKEN … When the footage surfaced showing that Hillary Clinton, contrary to what she had been claiming in campaign speeches, had not been obliged to duck and run from sniper fire during her visit to Bosnia in 1996 but, rather, had listened smilingly as a little girl recited a poem about peace …
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Is John McCain Bob Dole?  —  Or is he Dwight Eisenhower?  (Actually, that may depend on whether Barack Obama is Mike Dukakis or John Kennedy.)  A handicapping.  —  By the time John McCain trundles into the ballroom of the Fairmont hotel in Dallas, he has already had what for most men his age would have been a very full day.
Discussion: The Page
David Mark / The Politico:
The Indiana primary's fretful five  —  In the May 6 Indiana primary, the next critical contest after Pennsylvania votes on April 22, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama can point to impressive rosters of endorsements by prominent state and local politicians.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
The Matter With What?  —  The politics of condescension.  —  ON THE AFTERNOON OF May 25, 1984, the rising It Candidate of the current electoral season committed an unwitting faux pas at a fundraising event for le tout California that set his high-flying campaign on its heels.
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
Despite Tough Times, Ultrarich Keep Spending  —  Who said anything about a recession?  Sometime between the government bailout of Bear Stearns and the Bureau of Labor Statistics report that America lost 80,000 jobs in March, Lee Tachman spent roughly $50,000 last month on a four-day jaunt to Miami for himself and three close friends.
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Subject: Analysis of Obama's statement compared to Clinton's and Webb's  —  Hi Mr. Lowry, It seems to me that Jim Webb, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama had the same exact intention when they said their respective comments.  The only difference, to me, is that Webb and Clinton said theirs in an Op-Ed, and a book, respectively.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Historical Quote of the Day
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Perry Bacon Jr / The Trail:
Sat.  Night With Clinton: A Beer, a Slice, and a Charge Against Obama  —  Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) toasted Hammond, Ind., Mayor Tom McDermott, left, during a stop at Bronko's restaurant in Crown Point, Ind., April 12, 2008.  Ed and Patty Hall are seated at right.
Discussion: Lonewacko and The Fix
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Co-Payments Go Way Up for Drugs With High Prices  —  Health insurance companies are rapidly adopting a new pricing system for very expensive drugs, asking patients to pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars for prescriptions for medications that may save their lives or slow the progress of serious diseases.
Washington Post:
A Lapsed Principle  —  BARACK OBAMA held out the hope of salvaging part of the public financing system for presidential elections.  Now he seems poised to drive a nail into it by rejecting the $85 million available to nominees who agree to take full federal funding for the general election.
Discussion: MSNBC and The Campaign Spot
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George F. Will / Newsweek:
A Libertarian Surge?  —  Bob Barr will be dry-eyed if his candidacy …
David Thompson:
Unclean  —  On the subject of bizarre ritualistic hang-ups …
Discussion: Harry's Place
Les Blumenthal / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Senator: Probe of rising gasoline prices needed
Discussion: Think Progress
Lila Shapiro / TPMMuckraker:
All Muck is Local: Sex and Lots and Lots of Videotape
The US needs to talk about class, but politicians don't have the vocabulary
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Did St. Thomas reject a group, a speaker - or range of ideas?
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Iraq to seek parliamentary approval for long-term U.S. pact
Zombie / zomblog:
Obama's “bitter small-town Americans” …
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias:
Foreign Legions  —  At the beginning of this web video …
Daniel Burke / Washington Post:
A Catholic Wind in the White House
David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Great Mistake, The “San Francisco Democrat”
Laylan Copelin / Austin American-Statesman:
Austin political operative a man of his word?
New York Times:
Iraq Dismisses 1,300 After Basra Offensive
Rev. Wright: Fox's Hannity ‘Stuck on Stupid’
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama On The Culture War