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2:25 PM ET, April 16, 2008

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Josh Drobnyk / Chicago Tribune:
CLINTON'S OFFENDED PA. VOTER - NOT  —  Barack Obama can take some solace out of Hillary Clinton's new television ad in Pennsylvania.  At least one of her supporters featured in the spot hammering Obama for his small town comments isn't registered to vote in Pennsylvania.
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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.
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.
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Springsteen defends Obama in elitism flap  —  PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AFP) - Rocker Bruce Springsteen, renowned for his gritty parables of American working class life, Wednesday defended Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama, as he fights charges of elitism.
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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.
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Which is it?  Obamarama . . .  A Pinocchio problem?  To fib . . . or is it a faulty memory?  —  •  • To wit: Dem presidential contender Barack Obama's handlers may be telling the press Obama has NO “recollection” of a 2004 party at influence peddler Tony Rezko's Wilmette house …
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Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
OBAMA'S REZKO CONNECTION
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Eggheads and Cheese Balls  —  I'm not bitter.  —  I'm not writing this just because I grew up in a house with a gun, a strong Catholic faith, an immigrant father, brothers with anti-illegal immigrant sentiments and a passion for bowling.  (My bowling trophy was one of my most cherished possessions.)
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DOWD  —  In today's column, Maureen Dowd explains why she's …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
The Good, the Bad, and the Greenwald  —  Literate insights, occasional distortions, and forays into ugliness.  —  I KNOW THIS WON'T endear me to many of my fellow conservatives, but I like Glenn Greenwald.  I've spoken to him a few times on the radio and have enjoyed our jousts.
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.”
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. ...
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USA Today:
Obama tied to lobbyists, but boasts of not taking money
Discussion: Spin Cycle and MSNBC
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 …
David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Allows Lethal Injection for Execution  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Kentucky's method of putting criminals to death by lethal injection, not only clearing the way for Kentucky to resume executions but also for other states to do so.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Murtha says McCain too old to be president  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic Rep. John Murtha said Wednesday that Republican Sen. John McCain is too old to be president.  —  Murtha is 75, four years older than McCain.  He says they are nearly the same age, and the rigors and stress of running the country is too much for guys their age.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Barack Obama: Democrats deserve a nominee for change  —  On Tuesday, Pennsylvanians will have the unusual luxury of voting in a Democratic presidential primary that promises to be truly relevant.  Like two opposing armies marching to a new Gettysburg, the forces of Barack Obama …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and The Page
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Barack Obama In Quotes: Version 1.0  —  From the Horse's Mouth … Barack's Race Baiting Spiritual Mentor & Confidant … Theresa Heinz Obama … The Best Of The Rest
Carrick Mollenkamp / Wall Street Journal:
Bankers Cast Doubt On Key Rate Amid Crisis  —  LONDON — One of the most important barometers of the world's financial health could be sending false signals.  —  In a development that has implications for borrowers everywhere, from Russian oil producers to homeowners in Detroit …
 
 
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Richard Haass / Real Clear Politics:
The Age of Nonpolarity  —  The principal characteristic of twenty …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Source: Hillary TV Ad Campaign Is Now 100% Negative In Most Pennsylvania Markets
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
AP photographer freed by US military after 2 years
Marie McCullough / Philly.com:
Specter has a recurrence of Hodgkin's
Tina Susman / Los Angeles Times:
Penalty for crossing an Al Qaeda boss? A nasty memo
Michael Novak / The Corner:
The Italian Obama Loses Big!
Mark Mellman / The Hill:
Polling and anti-poll polemics
BBC:
Vitamins ‘may shorten your life’
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Keyes leaves GOP, looks at Constitution Party
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats Accuse GOP Campaign Arm Of Covertly Writing Ad
Frank James / The Swamp:
CLINTON'S ‘BITTER’ AD FALLING FLAT?
Discussion: Indecision 2008
NY Daily News:
Rush & Molloy: Bam's game, ESPN isn't
Washington Post:
How This Can End  —  Last week, in testimony before Congress …
Lewis Page / The Register:
Schoolboy's asteroid-strike sums are wrong
Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
ABC Restricts Debate Clips to 30 Seconds; Cable Channels May Cite ‘Fair Use’
Michelle Malkin:
Snobs here, snobs there, snobs everywhere