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3:50 PM ET, April 14, 2008


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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.
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.”
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.”
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 …
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: protein wisdom
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.
Ken Layne / Wonkette:
Yes We Can: Wonkette Goes Solo  —  So, anything happening in the media news today?  Wait, WHAT?  Yes it's true: Wonkette is bravely leaving the Gawker Media nest, along with Gawker's music and travel sites.  Why on Earth is a beloved publication such as Wonkette taking this plunge …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Breaking: Gawker Media selling Wonkette blog; spinning off three sites
Discussion: LA Observed and FishBowlDC
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.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Pre-teen Sex and the Senator
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Think Progress:
McCain Attacks The Press, Who Then Offer Him His ‘Favorite Treats’ Of Coffee And Donuts  —  Today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to the annual meeting of the Associated Press.  During his opening remarks, McCain repeatedly criticized the press, going so far as to say he sympathized …
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain Takes Bold Stance On Torture: ‘We Cannot Ever Torture Any American’
Discussion: Hullabaloo and VetVoice
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!
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
CLINTON KEEPS SPOTLIGHT ON OBAMA  —  From NBC/NJ's Athena Jones  —  PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Hillary Clinton spent a fourth day hitting Obama for comments about small town America that she characterized as elitist, out of touch and problematic for the Democratic Party, but this time some in the crowd …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
YOU BITTER?  —  I've gotten asked by a lot of readers what I make of this whole “bitter” controversy.  So a few thoughts.  —  In cases such as this I think it is always crucial to distinguish in our own minds between what we find offensive and what we've been conditioned to believe that others will find offensive.
Discussion: Political Machine and Firedoglake
TheInDecider / Indecision 2008:
Michelle Obama to Appear on The Colbert Report  —  After you're done writing off your last pointed tip bolo knife purchase (whoever said being a Laotian hitman would come back to bite you at tax time?) be sure to catch Michelle Obama's tax night (April 15) appearance on The Colbert Report …
Pol Watchers:
Republicans talk about Iraq, Obama at N. Ky. dinner  —  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 Northern Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday night.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Perfunction
Aaron Bruns / FOX Embeds:
AP Asks Democratic Frontrunner about “Obama bin Laden”  —  At the close of Q and A at an Associated Press luncheon in Washington, DC, AP chairman Dean SIngleton skipped over a question on what's becoming known as “bitter-gate” in favor of asking Illinois Senator Barack Obama what he surely thought …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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.
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Perry Bacon, Jr / The Trail:
Clinton Met With Cries of ‘No!’ in Latest Bitter Speech
Discussion: The Page
Michael Link / Democratic National Committee:
Democratic Party Filing Suit with District Court
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
POSSIBLE FALL OUT  —  ARG has had a pretty unreliable record this primary season.
Hugh Hewitt /
Obama Wasn't Just Insulting Pennsylvanians
Nick Langewis / PageOneQ:
Right wing video warns: Gays are plotting to invade City Hall
Discussion: Think Progress
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Bush prepares global warming initiative
Discussion: Dot Earth, The Corner and Gristmill
Amy Alkon / Pajamas Media:
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City Journal:
Hope for Iraq's Meanest City
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Still a primary  —  Clinton whacks Obama at a forum …
Discussion: The New Republic
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Full Text of Obama's Speech to the Alliance for American Manufacturing
Washington Post:
A Lapsed Principle  —  BARACK OBAMA held out the hope …
George F. Will / Newsweek:
A Libertarian Surge?  —  Bob Barr will be dry-eyed if his candidacy …
Adam Entous / Reuters:
Israel snubs Carter and declines security help
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
MR. AND MS. SPOKEN … When the footage surfaced showing …
Discussion: The Caucus
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Iraqis aren't stupid — and they're watching us
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Housing Woes in U.S. Spread Around Globe
Discussion: American Street