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11:40 PM ET, April 16, 2008

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The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton On Southern Working Class Whites In 1995: “Screw 'Em”  —  During the past week, Sen. Hillary Clinton has presented herself as a working class populist, the politician in touch with small town sentiments, compared to the elitism of her opponent, Sen. Barack Obama.
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The New Republic:
What Did Hillary Say?  —  Alan Wolfe, a professor of political science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College, is a contributing editor at The New Republic.  —  Both Chris Orr and Michael Crowley have brought up Ben Barber's recollection …
Marc Ambinder:
The Score Card  —  Keeping the score card, there's no way Obama could fared worse.  Nearly 45 minutes of relentless political scrutiny from the ABC anchors and from Hillary Clinton, followed by an issues-and-answers session in which his anger carried over and sort of neutered him.
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ABCNEWS:
Clinton, Obama Find ‘Brotherly Love’ at Philly Debate  —  For Clinton, Obama Last Chance to Settle Scores Before Pennsylvania Primary  —  Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama opened Wednesday's presidential debate on a point of accord: neither would answer head-on whether they'd be willing to name the other as vice president.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Fall-Out  —  I agree largely with Ambers: … It was a lifeless, exhausted, drained and dreary Obama we saw tonight.  I've seen it before when he is tired, but this was his worst performance yet on national television.  He seemed crushed and unable to react.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging Pennsylvania  —  9.51 pm.  The big winner is John McCain.  Then Clinton who seemed at least awake.  Then Obama whose calm was nonetheless trumped by obvious exhaustion.  Yes, the Clintons have shredded him.  But that's what they know how to do.  It's also what the GOP knows how to do.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Tactics Uber Alles  —  I'm no leftwing blogger, but I can only imagine how furious they must be with the debate so far.  Nothing on any issues.  Just a lot of box-checking on how the candidates will respond to various Republican talking points come the fall.
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LIVE DEBATE BLOGGIN'  —  8:36 PM ... So I'm coming in a bit late here.  I was on the Polk panel this evening at Long Island University, which ended at 8 PM.  And rushed home to get here.  So what'd I miss?  —  8:44 PM ... Hillary: The Republicans are so bad that I have to become one to save the Democratic party.
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Mac vs. PC: The Ultimate Lab Test for New Desktops & Laptops  —  This computer rivalry has been elevated to a cultural divide on par with Pepsi versus Coke.  Taking it beyond personal taste, PM crunches the numbers—with some surprising results (and detailed benchmark scores).  —  Photographs by Lendon Flanagan
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
And the winner is...  ...McCain by a landslide!  A reader writes in: … That jibes with my impression of the debate.  My prediction?  The debate will be received so badly there will be increased pressure to kick Hillary out of the race.  But since Obama was clearly the worse of the two in the debate …
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Mosheh Oinounou / Cameron's Corner:
A Hamas problem for Obama?  —  While Sen. Barack Obama sought to improve his relationship with the Jewish community today by meeting with leaders Philadelphia, comments by a Hamas political adviser this weekend could potentially hurt the Democratic presidential candidate.
Spencer / Attackerman:
Deny, You're A Liar  —  Via Yglesias, Bush admits to lying about Iraq and then denies he admitted lying about Iraq. … OK, got that?  Now, a few moments later … You know what's great for morale?  Being lied to about the strategy troops are sacrificing for.
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
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Matthew Yglesias:
Lying  —  Via Kevin Drum, George W. Bush admits to ABC News …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wil S. Hylton / Men's Fashion, Men's Clothing …:
Newt Gingrich Rewrites History  —  Newt Gingrich Rewrites History … Ten years ago, Newt Gingrich fled the House of Representatives in a haze of ethics scandals and waning influence.  Since then, he has spent much of his time rewriting history—literally—by authoring five historical novels …
Discussion: Donklephant
Reuters:
Report: Netanyahu says 9/11 terror attacks good for Israel  —  The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv on Wednesday reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks had been beneficial for Israel.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Bitter-Fizzle  —  The latest data from Gallup analyzing the Democratic race among those with less education and income.  No meaningful change.  The scandal of Obama's alleged elitism seems restricted to ... elites.  —  If this pans out in the actual primary, then a very large number …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Obama reports income of $4.2 million in 2007 tax returns  —  PHILADELPHIA - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, made $4.2 million last year as widespread interest in the presidential candidate pushed the sales of his two books.  —  In tax returns the campaign released Wednesday …
 
 
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