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2:10 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 …
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.”
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 …
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
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.”
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Louisiana Senate
Discussion: MyDD and TPM Election Central
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.
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.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Shakesville
Andrea Billups / Washington Times:   McCain keeps his faith out of politics
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Pre-teen Sex and the Senator
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Melinda Henneberger / Slate:
For Better or for Worse  —  WHY THE CLINTONS WILL STAY MARRIED, WIN OR LOSE.  —  When Bill and Hillary Clinton's friends say they are exactly the same in public and private—well, except for the F-bombs—they tend to mean it literally: “I don't think I've ever heard them talk about anything but politics …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Political Insider
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
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
Barr Set High
Discussion: The Other McCain
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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Swamp
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: FishBowlDC
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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Departure of Popular GOP Incumbent Puts Mississippi House Seat in Play
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain: More conservative than his image
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shakesville
City Journal:
Hope for Iraq's Meanest City
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Still a primary  —  Clinton whacks Obama at a forum …
Discussion: The New Republic
Rebecca Carr / Austin American-Statesman:
Public asked to shape open-government bill
Judy Pasternak / Los Angeles Times:
Global warming has a new battleground: coal plants
CBS News:
Kidnapped CBS Journalist Freed In Iraq
Discussion: On Deadline
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Singing McCain's Praises, or Joking?
Washington Post:
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John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Is John McCain Bob Dole?
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Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
The Matter With What?  —  The politics of condescension.
David Mark / The Politico:
The Indiana primary's fretful five