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9:30 AM ET, April 16, 2008

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Catherine Lucey / Philly.com:
New Daily News poll shows Obama closing in on Clinton  —  But pollsters say ‘bitter’ comment could still change the race  —  WITH THE Pennsylvania primary six days away, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama has moved within striking distance of rival U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, according to a new Daily News/Franklin & Marshall Poll.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
With clock running out, debate looms large  —  PHILADELPHIA - Following one of the more unpredictable stretches of the primary campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama head into their first debate tonight in more than six weeks with different mandates.
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Caucus
Philly.com:
Candidates' showdown here tonight  —  Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday prepped for tonight's Philadelphia debate as Obama and his backers expressed a desire to get beyond the flap over his remarks about small-town Pennsylvania and address issues of substance.
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.
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton losing traction over Obama in Pennsylvania, Indiana
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Iraqi Unit Flees Post, Despite American's Plea  —  BAGHDAD — A company of Iraqi soldiers abandoned their positions on Tuesday night in Sadr City, defying American soldiers who implored them to hold the line against Shiite militias.  —  The retreat left a crucial stretch of road …
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Lieberman willing to star at Republican convention  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), the Democratic Party's 2000 vice presidential nominee, is leaving open the possibility of giving a keynote address on behalf of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) at the Republican National Convention in September.
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USA Today:
Obama's claim of independence questioned  —  WASHINGTON — The screen fills with grainy footage of sprawling 1970s gas lines.  —  “Nothing's changed,” Sen. Barack Obama says into the camera, “except now Exxon's making $40 billion a year, and we're paying $3.50 for gas. ...
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
Blaine Harden / Washington Post:
U.N. Warns of North Korean Food Crisis  —  Food-starved North Korea is facing a humanitarian crisis this year and will likely need large food donations from the international community, the U.N. World Food Program said Wednesday.  —  “Major sources of food for North Korea …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michelle Malkin:
Snobs here, snobs there, snobs everywhere  —  We've all had fun with the Snob-ama story the past week (ARUGULA!).  The thing is, my friends (as a certain McSnob likes to say), the GOP has a snob problem, too.  When Obama derided small-town Pennsylvanians who oppose immigration enforcement …
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 …
Roy Edroso / Village Voice:
The Official Village Voice Election-Season Guide to the Right-Wing Blogosphere  —  Sick of political blogs?  Too bad!  The 2008 campaign is unavoidable; if you know what superdelegates are, or who said “God damn America,” you're already a victim.  Thanks to the curse of modern technology …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Althouse
Associated Press:
Bush revises climate strategy  —  Aim is to shape debate while avoiding heavy costs to industry, economy  —  WASHINGTON - Revising his stance on global warming, President Bush will propose a new target for stopping the growth of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.
Discussion: Climate Progress
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Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
Paying the Fiddler Over Celebration of Jefferson's Birth  —  It is just before midnight at the Jefferson Memorial, and as the celebrants dance in honor of the founding father's birthday, wind whips across the Tidal Basin and spotlights gleam off the towering bronze statue in the echoing sanctum of the monument.
Iain Murray / The Corner:
President's Global Warming Surrender: “It will be very bad”  —  We're hearing some very bad things about the President's likely unconditional surrender on global warming today.  One senior source suggested that the last line of sound defense had been breached and that “It will be very bad.”
Discussion: Macsmind
David Kestenbaum / NPR:
Teenage Skeptic Takes on Climate Scientists  —  Listen Now  —  · If you're a scientist trying to convince people they are making the world warmer, Kristen Byrnes is your worst nightmare.  She's articulate, intelligent, she has a Web site, and one day her people will be running the world.
 
 
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
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Fox anchor son asked “hitting the sauce” question
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