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3:15 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 …
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.
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
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
Andrea Billups / Washington Times:
McCain keeps his faith out of politics
Discussion: The Caucus
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Bush prepares global warming initiative  —  President Bush is poised to change course and announce as early as this week that he wants Congress to pass a bill to combat global warming, and will lay out principles for what that should include.  —  Specifics of the policy are still being fiercely debated …
Discussion: The Corner and Dot Earth
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.
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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
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
On Obama's Reference To Clinton And Annie Oakley
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Lynnley Browning / International Herald Tribune:
IRS eases pressure on Big U.S. companies, study says
Think Progress:
McCain Attacks The Press, Who Then Offer Him His 'Favorite Treats …
Amy Alkon / Pajamas Media:
Are Privileged Western Women Being Crushed into Silence?
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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
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
MR. AND MS. SPOKEN … When the footage surfaced showing …
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