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11:40 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.
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.
Josh Drobnyk / Chicago Tribune:
CLINTON'S OFFENDED PA. VOTER - NOT
Discussion: The Swamp and Below The Beltway
Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
ABC Restricts Debate Clips to 30 Seconds; Cable Channels May Cite ‘Fair Use’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
Clinton mayoral rally gets small turnout in Pa.
Discussion: Political Machine and CBS News
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 …
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
Associated Press:
Bush revises climate strategy
Discussion: Climate Progress
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
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 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.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Macsmind
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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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
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
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.)
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 …
 
 
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Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
All Their Friends Are Lawyers ...  The Obama campaign has sought …
Marc Ambinder:
Springsteen Endorses Obama
Discussion: The Plank
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Lethal injection allowed
NY Daily News:
Rush & Molloy: Bam's game, ESPN isn't
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Plank
Washington Post:
How This Can End  —  Last week, in testimony before Congress …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Another FISA Push, This Time With Congressional Help...
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Lewis Page / The Register:
Schoolboy's asteroid-strike sums are wrong
Soccerdad / Yourish.com:
The damned lies of J-Street
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Wall Street Journal:
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Sen. Lindsey Graham / Greenville News:
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
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Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
Paying the Fiddler Over Celebration of Jefferson's Birth
David Kestenbaum / NPR:
Teenage Skeptic Takes on Climate Scientists
John Koblin / New York Observer:
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Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Jimmy's World  —  Former President Jimmy Carter has an interesting …