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12:40 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.
Philly.com:
Candidates' showdown here tonight
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 …
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
Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
ABC Restricts Debate Clips to 30 Seconds; Cable Channels May Cite ‘Fair Use’  —  Maybe Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton can sum up their policy differences in 30 seconds or less on Wednesday night.  —  They will have to if they are going to get their points across well on networks other than ABC …
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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. ...
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USA Today:
Obama tied to lobbyists, but boasts of not taking money
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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
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 …
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.”
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
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.
Discussion: The Corner and Jules Crittenden
NY Daily News:
Rush & Molloy: Bam's game, ESPN isn't  —  Doesn't ESPN think sports fans want to hear Barack Obama?  —  At the last minute, network executives killed a podcast with the senator that was scheduled for Friday with host Bill Simmons.  —  The presidential candidate was all ready to do it.
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Matthew Yglesias:
ESPN and Obama  —  So it seems that Bill Simmons wanted to do a podcast with Barack Obama.
Discussion: The New Republic
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
Taylor Owen / OxBlog:
WOW.  JUST WOW: Bill Clinton in Pennsylvania yesterday. … I just finished listening to an abridged version of Clinton's autobiography (I just couldn't commit to the full thing).  There are two things that are glaringly clear.  First, it's all the evil “far right's” fault.  Everything.
 
 
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Ken Wheaton / AdAge:
Clinton Unveils Ad Targeting ‘Bitter’ Remark
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats Accuse GOP Campaign Arm Of Covertly Writing Ad
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and The Fix
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Murtha says McCain too old to be president
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Jenny Anderson / New York Times:
Wall Street Winners Get Billion-Dollar Paydays
Michael Lind / Salon:
The rubes and the elites  —  By calling small-town Americans …
Frank James / The Swamp:
CLINTON'S ‘BITTER’ AD FALLING FLAT?
Discussion: Indecision 2008
Marc Ambinder:
Springsteen Endorses Obama
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Poor Me  —  In an effort to increase their “regular folk” …
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Lethal injection allowed
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Washington Post:
How This Can End  —  Last week, in testimony before Congress …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Another FISA Push, This Time With Congressional Help...
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Lewis Page / The Register:
Schoolboy's asteroid-strike sums are wrong
Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
Paying the Fiddler Over Celebration of Jefferson's Birth
Michelle Malkin:
Snobs here, snobs there, snobs everywhere
David Kestenbaum / NPR:
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John Koblin / New York Observer:
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