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9:50 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 …
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Obama Fires Back at Clinton: ‘Shame on Her’  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: Barack Obama launched into a fiery offensive this evening in a speech before the United Steelworkers Union in Steelton, Pa., in responding to criticisms about his “bitter” remarks — going after Sen. Hillary Clinton …
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 …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Invokes Annie Oakley
Discussion: Little Miss Attila
Washington Post:
Obama Reinforcing Stereotypes, Clinton Asserts
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
‘Not relevant’ last time I went to church, fired gun
The Times-Tribune:
Barack Obama, for leadership
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama lashes out at Clinton over her response to ‘bitter’ remarks
Discussion: Fox News and Shakesville
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.
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
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Obama, Bitterness, Meet the Press, and the Old Politics  —  I was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, 61 years ago.  My father sold $1.98 cotton blouses to blue-collar women and women whose husbands worked in factories.  Years later, I was secretary of labor of the United States …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
BILL REFERS TO ‘BITTER’ REMARK  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli  —  BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — After tiptoeing around the matter in North Carolina yesterday, Bill Clinton weighed in on Obama's “bitter” remark before a small-town audience in Central Pennsylvania today.
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 and The Page
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
Matthew Yglesias:
Foreign Legions  —  At the beginning of this web video, Michael O'Hanlon explains that the current pace of deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan isn't sustainable.  He also notes that the situation in Iraq is “nowhere near an acceptable or sustainable outcome.”
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 …
Rev. Wright: Fox's Hannity ‘Stuck on Stupid’  —  The embattled former minister of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama fired back at the news media during a Chicago funeral service.  —  The Rev. Jeremiah Wright's remarks were reported Sunday in the Chicago Sun-Times.
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 …
Iraq to seek parliamentary approval for long-term U.S. pact  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq will seek parliamentary approval for a strategic agreement being negotiated with the United States even though it expects heated debate over the deal, Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said.
Discussion: Hot Air and
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: Daily Kos
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Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Did St. Thomas reject a group, a speaker - or range of ideas?
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
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Discussion: The Page
Stephen Braun / Los Angeles Times:
Bill Clinton, China linked via his foundation
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
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”
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Discussion: Jerusalem Post and Firedoglake
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Austin political operative a man of his word?
New York Times:
Iraq Dismisses 1,300 After Basra Offensive
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Extended Forecast: Bloodshed
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama On The Culture War
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton on Obama's ‘Bitter’ Comment
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
I Knew Ronald Reagan (A Very Little Bit), and Mr. Obama, You're No Ronald Reagan