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1:15 PM 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 …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Now He's A Godless Commie  —  Bill Kristol, trained in the same politics as Hillary Clinton, now argues that Obama's remarks in a fundraiser q and a are the “real Obama” - and that his voluminous writing and speaking about the sincerity of his own religious faith, and of others, are presumably “masks.”
Discussion: Macsmind
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 …
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USA Today:
No ‘bitter’ aftertaste?  How Obama gaffe plays  —  JACOBUS, Pa. — Phil Little seems like just the sort of Pennsylvanian voter who might have been offended by Sen. Barack Obama's comments that small-town residents “get bitter” and “cling to guns or religion.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Obama questions Clinton on trade
Discussion: Corrente and Donklephant
Perry Bacon Jr / The Trail:
Sat. Night With Clinton: A Beer, a Slice, and a Charge Against Obama
Discussion: Roger Ailes and Lonewacko
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.”
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Megyn Kelly, Fox News's Fast-Rising Anchor  —  NEW YORK — It's just after 10:30 Monday morning on “America's Newsroom,” and Megyn Kelly has bounced from riots in Paris to storms in the Midwest, from a truck-and-train collision to a strange interview about the 1969 Manson family murders with the sister of slain actress Sharon Tate.
George F. Will / Newsweek:
A Libertarian Surge?  —  Bob Barr will be dry-eyed if his candidacy is to John McCain what Ralph Nader's was to Al Gore in 2000.  —  Compact and Feisty Bob Barr, 59, probably will seek and get the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, which convenes in Denver on Memorial Day weekend.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
Barr Set High
Discussion: The Other McCain
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.
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 …
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.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Full Text of Obama's Speech to the Alliance for American Manufacturing  —  Being here in Pennsylvania with the primary coming up, I know that politics is what's on a lot of people's minds.  But as I look out at this crowd, I also know that being here isn't just about politics for me.  It's personal.
CBS News:
Kidnapped CBS Journalist Freed In Iraq  —  Freelance Producer Working For 60 Minutes Rescued After 2 Months In Captivity  —  (CBS) A CBS journalist kidnapped in the southern Iraqi city of Basra two months ago has been freed.  —  Basra security commander Lt. Gen. Mohan al-Fireji told …
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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.
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Co-Payments Soar 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.
CNN:
CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL  —  Democratic Candidates Compassion Forum  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  BROWN: Good evening, everybody, to our viewers in the United States and around the world.  Welcome to Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.
 
 
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Melinda Henneberger / Slate:
For Better or for Worse  —  WHY THE CLINTONS WILL STAY MARRIED, WIN OR LOSE.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Still a primary  —  Clinton whacks Obama at a forum …
Discussion: The New Republic
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Public asked to shape open-government bill
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Global warming has a new battleground: coal plants
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Libby Quaid / WTOPnews.com:
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Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
Andrea Billups / Washington Times:
McCain keeps his faith out of politics
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CNN:
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Discussion: TMZ.com
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
The Matter With What?  —  The politics of condescension.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Housing Woes in U.S. Spread Around Globe
Discussion: American Street
David Mark / The Politico:
The Indiana primary's fretful five