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3:15 AM ET, April 16, 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 …
Scott Martelle / Top of the Ticket:
LAT Poll: Rev. Wright flap might have helped Barack Obama in Pa.  —  Well, it was hard to see this one coming.  A new L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll just released on the website found that 24% of likely Pennsylvania voters thought more highly of Barack Obama after his handling …
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.
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.”
Discussion: and Hot Air
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 and Overlawyered
Mark Steyn / The Corner:   Have it her way!  —  Canada may no longer believe in old …
Duane R. Patterson /
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
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
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Obama Wrong On Analysis As Well As Politics?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
MSNBC won't air ‘controversial’ gun ad  —  The cable network MSNBC has refused to air an advertisement from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group created by New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg,on the grounds that the ad is too “controversial.”  —  The ad, below, features each …
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
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: Hullabaloo and The New Republic
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Fight Leaves Democrats Questioning Prospects  —  The battle between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama over whether Mr. Obama belittled voters in small towns appears to have hardened the views of both candidates' supporters and stirred anxiety among many Democrats about the party's prospects in the fall.
Discussion: Balkinization
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama back to wearing an American flag pin
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
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
J STREET.  —  Late last week, Gershom Gorenberg, an Israeli-based writer, reported that Khaled Meshaal, the head of Hamas, had stated his willingness to accept “a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 boundaries — that is, alongside Israel, not in place of it.”
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Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran says U.S. aids rebels at its borders
Sean Hackbarth / The American Mind:
Times of London:
Iranian vice chief ‘caught in brothel’
New York Times:
Big Tax Breaks for Businesses in Housing Bill
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Roy Edroso / Village Voice:
The Official Village Voice Election-Season Guide to the Right-Wing Blogosphere
Discussion: alicublog
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Jimmy's World  —  Former President Jimmy Carter has an interesting …
Discussion: Commentary
Matthew Yglesias:
Defining Populism Down  —  If downing shots of liquor …
Discussion: The Politico and Dean's World
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
Montana Pol: Clinton Endorsement Preceded Obama ‘Cling’ Flap
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Cling V. Bitter, Elitist V. Snob
Media Matters for America:
On MSNBC, Brzezinski and Novotny falsely asserted McCain's gas …
Discussion: The New Republic
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
It's Official: Bush Is Objectively The Most Hated President In History
The New Republic:
George Will's Not Bitter
Agence France Presse:
Basra residents welcome Iraq army crackdown