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8:50 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 …
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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.
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.
Discussion: The Confluence
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 …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
With clock running out, debate looms large
Discussion: Washington Wire
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Fight Leaves Democrats Questioning Prospects
Discussion: Balkinization and The Page
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 …
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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 …
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
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:   Have it her way!  —  Canada may no longer believe in old …
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
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 …
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: StephenBainbridge.com and Hot Air
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.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Times: ‘We Expect’ Layoffs  —  The New York Times announced that it's all but a done deal that the paper will have to layoff staffers in the newsroom.  —  The drop-dead deadline is fast approaching for the staffers in The New York Times newsroom to raise their hand and volunteer for a buyout.
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
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 …
New York Times:
Big Tax Breaks for Businesses in Housing Bill  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate proclaimed a fierce bipartisan resolve two weeks ago to help American homeowners in danger of foreclosure.  But while a bill that senators approved last week would take modest steps toward that goal …
 
 
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
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Michelle Malkin:
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Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Matthew Palevsky / The Huffington Post:
Ex-CIA Analyst Outs Cheney
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Fox anchor son asked “hitting the sauce” question
Discussion: Think Progress and Hot Air