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2:55 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.
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.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
OBAMA WINS NC ENDORSEMENTS
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Karl / protein wisdom:   Dems 2008: Identity politics or post-identity politics?
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.”
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
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
Gordon Brown / Wall Street Journal:
Enlarging the Anglosphere  —  When Winston Churchill met President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the deck of the H.M.S. Prince of Wales in 1941, he spoke of the common bonds between Britain and America: “The same language . . . the same hymns . . . more or less, the same ideals.”
Discussion: The Corner and Guardian
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 …
Associated Press:
Keyes leaves GOP, looks at Constitution Party  —  HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes announced Tuesday night that he has left the GOP and is considering joining the Constitution Party.  —  Keyes, who also ran as a Republican to challenge Barack Obama's U.S. Senate bid …
 
 
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Ariel Levy / New Yorker:
GOODBYE AGAIN … Robin Morgan was flopping around her apartment …
Sean Hackbarth / The American Mind:
TALKING ABOUT MCCAIN'S ECONOMIC PLANS WITH CARLY FIORINA
Discussion: Blogblivion
Richard Haass / Real Clear Politics:
The Age of Nonpolarity  —  The principal characteristic of twenty …
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
AP photographer freed by US military after 2 years
Carrick Mollenkamp / Wall Street Journal:
Bankers Cast Doubt On Key Rate Amid Crisis
Tina Susman / Los Angeles Times:
Penalty for crossing an Al Qaeda boss? A nasty memo
Michael Novak / The Corner:
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BBC:
Vitamins ‘may shorten your life’
Discussion: Don Surber and Truthdig
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Agence France Presse:
Yemeni girl, 8, gets divorce after forced marriage
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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’
USA Today:
Obama's claim of independence questioned