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10:25 PM ET, April 15, 2008

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Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton losing traction over Obama in Pennsylvania, Indiana  —  Her formerly double-digit lead is now just a five-point margin in Pennsylvania, survey finds.  The reduced margin makes a win for her there less significant.  She trails Obama among Hoosiers.  —  WASHINGTON — With three …
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 51%, Clinton 40%  —  Both Democratic candidates have 46% to 44% margins over McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama is maintaining his lead over Hillary Clinton among Democrats nationally in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking, with a 51% to 40% margin in the April 12-14 average.
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Bill Clinton: Older voters too savvy to fall for Obama  —  QUAKERTOWN, Pa. — Older voters gravitate to Hillary Clinton because they're too wise to be fooled by Barack Obama's rhetoric, former president Bill Clinton told Pennsylvania voters today.  —  Clinton's comments …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
WCAU-TV:
Poll: If Primary Held Week Early, Clinton Would Win By Double-Digits  —  If the Pennsylvania primary to select a Democratic nominee for president were held Tuesday, a week before the actual primary, Hillary Rodham Clinton would defeat Barack Obama by double-digit figures, a new SurveyUSA poll found.
Fox News:
Montana Pol: Clinton Endorsement Preceded Obama ‘Cling’ Flap
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
On Cable, Obama Deluges Pa. with Ads
Discussion: CBS News, The Field and The Page
Robert Creamer / The Huffington Post:
Why Hillary Clinton's Slash-and-Burn Politics May Hurt Her More Than Obama
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Ross Douthat:
What Obama Really Got Wrong  —  Timothy Noah, surveying the literature on the white working class and its voting behavior in the wake of Obama's San Francisco fiasco, tiptoes close to an important point about the roots of culture-war politics but doesn't quite get there.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Obama Wrong On Analysis As Well As Politics?
Discussion: protein wisdom
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Woe Is He  —  Barack Obama's going to be the bitter one at the end of this.
Robert S. McElvaine / The Huffington Post:
Pope Should Start “Spiritual Renewal” with Bisexual God  —  On Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI asked the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square to pray that his first visit to the United States as pontiff this week would “be a time of spiritual renewal for all Americans.”
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Duane R. Patterson / Townhall.com:
Senate Democrats Can't Count, And They Think You Smell Funny  —  Thanks to the amazing skill Barack Obama has shown this week of how easily he can stick his foot in his mouth while trying to speak off the cuff, the country continues to focus on who is or is not bitter, and whether guns …
Discussion: Hot Air, QandO and Sister Toldjah
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Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Harry Reid has a sense of humor!
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Northern Exposure:
Accommodations  —  McDonald's fails to accommodate employee unable to wash hands  —  In Canada, human rights legislation provides that employers have a duty to accommodate disabled workers unless such accommodation would cause “undue hardship” on the employer.
Discussion: Ezra Levant
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:   Have it her way!  —  Canada may no longer believe in old …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Return of the pin  —  As a reader noticed, Obama was sporting the much-debated flag pin for his speech to veterans today.  —  UPDATE: The pin was given to Obama by a disabled vet at the event.
Discussion: The Page and American Power
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama back to wearing an American flag pin
Matthew Palevsky / The Huffington Post:
Ex-CIA Analyst Outs Cheney  —  What could have possessed Prime Minister Maliki to rush headlong into a battle he was thoroughly unprepared for?  The Bush Administration has responded with certainty about only one thing: they were not involved in the planning.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Fox anchor son asked “hitting the sauce” question  —  GOP p.r. guy/proud Villanova grad Jonathan Grella has a great catch from Hardball at his alma mater: the kid who asked the smart aleck question I referenced below about Hillary “hitting the sauce” is the son of Fox anchor Steve Doocy.
Discussion: Think Progress and Hot Air
Michelle Malkin:
Introducing Barack “Arugula” Obama; Update: CafePress says, “No, you can't”  —  Artfully talented reader Tennyson, inspired by See-Dubya's posts on Obama's arugula gaffe (see here and here) and by Michael Bates's funny 2007 post on “typical liberal arugulance,” has cooked up a new photoshop …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
John McCain 2008:
Remarks By John McCain On The Economy  —  ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain will deliver the following remarks as prepared for delivery at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, today at 9:45 a.m. EDT:  —  Thank you.  I appreciate the hospitality of the Allegheny Business Conference …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Cling V. Bitter, Elitist V. Snob  —  I agree with Rich entirely.  I don't mind him saying that small town blue collar workers are bitter over lost jobs.  I think that's objectively true in some cases and perfectly defensible as a general statement.  The offending word here is “cling.”
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
McCain Proposes Special Summer Tax Break for Exxon  —  That is what the headlines on Senator McCain's proposal to remove the gas tax for the summer driving season should have read, since that would be the predicted effect of his plan.  —  According to the oil industry …
Discussion: The New Republic and Hullabaloo
 
 
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Matthew Yglesias:
Defining Populism Down  —  If downing shots of liquor …
Discussion: The Politico and Dean's World
Jerome Karabel / Los Angeles Times:
The young and the restless  —  A new generation drawn to politics …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Townhall.com:
AEI scholar and surge co-author Fred Kagan on Iraq's progress
Discussion: Think Progress and Attackerman
Jim Morrill / Charlotte Observer:
Johnson cites race in Obama's surge
Richard Conniff / New York Times:
Abolish All ‘Taxes’  —  THE word “tax” was never pretty.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Morra Aarons / BlogHer:
An interview with Elizabeth Edwards: less Britney, more family men
Matthew Yglesias:
J Street  —  Here's an exciting development — J Street …
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Uprooted and Unstable: Meeting Urgent Humanitarian Needs in Iraq
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Kenneth Lovett / New York Post:
GOV IS PLAIN CHEAP  —  270G COUPLE DONATES JUST $150 - IN OLD CLOTHES
Media Matters for America:
On MSNBC, Brzezinski and Novotny falsely asserted McCain's gas …
Discussion: The New Republic
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
OBAMA ON ELITISM: ‘SILLY SEASON’
Discussion: Commentary and The Page
Jeffrey Feldman / The Huffington Post:
O'Reilly's ‘Soros’ Smear of Obama
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
It's Official: Bush Is Objectively The Most Hated President In History
The New Republic:
George Will's Not Bitter