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1:20 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 …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DOWD  —  In today's column, Maureen Dowd explains why she's from salt of the earth and Obama's a member of the cozened elite.  And you know she's got it bad when she has the bit so firmly in her teeth that she even finds herself saying good things about Hillary.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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.)
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
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 …
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: Salon, The Corner and Jules Crittenden
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
Marc Ambinder:
Springsteen Endorses Obama  —  Dear Friends and Fans:  —  LIke most of you, I've been following the campaign and I have now seen and heard enough to know where I stand.  Senator Obama, in my view, is head and shoulders above the rest.  —  He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next President.
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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
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
 
 
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Mark Mellman / The Hill:
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BBC:
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Discussion: Don Surber and Truthdig
Associated Press:
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Agence France Presse:
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Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats Accuse GOP Campaign Arm Of Covertly Writing Ad
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and The Fix
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Barack Obama In Quotes: Version 1.0
Frank James / The Swamp:
CLINTON'S ‘BITTER’ AD FALLING FLAT?
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Washington Post:
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Lewis Page / The Register:
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Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
ABC Restricts Debate Clips to 30 Seconds; Cable Channels May Cite ‘Fair Use’
Taylor Owen / OxBlog:
WOW.  JUST WOW: Bill Clinton in Pennsylvania yesterday.
The Hill:
Superdelegates: Obama's ‘bitter’ comments not much of a liability
Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
Paying the Fiddler Over Celebration of Jefferson's Birth
Michelle Malkin:
Snobs here, snobs there, snobs everywhere