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2:55 PM ET, April 17, 2008


 Top Items: 
David Brooks / Campaign Stops:
No Whining About the Media  —  Three quick points on the Democratic debate last night:  —  First, Democrats, and especially Obama supporters, are going to jump all over ABC for the choice of topics: too many gaffe questions, not enough policy questions.  —  I understand the complaints, but I thought the questions were excellent.
Senator Hillary Clinton / New York Times:
Democratic Debate in Philadelphia  —  The following is a transcript of the Democratic debate in Philadelphia, as provided by the Federal News Service.  —  PARTICIPANTS:  —  SENATOR BARACK OBAMA  —  MODERATORS:  —  LOCATION: THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER, PHILADELPHIA
The Huffington Post:
ABC Hosts Heckled After Debate: “The Crowd Is Turning On Me”  —  Reflecting what seemed to be the main consensus of the night - that ABC botched this debate, big time - Charlie Gibson tells the crowd there will be one more, superfluous commercial break of the night and is subsequently jeered.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Stephanopoulos defends debate performance: ‘We asked tough but appropriate questions’  —  Despite criticism, ABC's George Stephanopoulos defended his performance in last night's Democratic debate, which he co-moderated with Charles Gibson.  —  “We asked tough but appropriate questions,” Stephanopoulos told me by phone this afternoon.
New York Times:
'60s Radicals Become Issue in Campaign of 2008  —  On March 6, 1970, a bomb explosion destroyed a Greenwich Village town house, killing three members of the radical Weather Underground and driving other members of the group even deeper into hiding.  On Wednesday night, those events emerged …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Brooks Celebrates The Freak Show
Discussion: Daily Kos
Byron York / The Corner:
Clinton, Obama, and Bill Ayers, Day Two
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Lynn Sweet:   Democratic Philadelphia debate. April 16, 2008. Transcript.
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Worst. Debate. Ever.
Discussion: Associated Press and Firedoglake
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
How Not To Unify The Party  —  Our friend Markos approvingly quotes …
Discussion: Tom Watson
VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA  —  THE CHOICE in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary is not only the one between a white woman and a black man.  It's a choice between the past and the future.  —  More specifically, the nation must decide how to face the future racing toward us in the form …
Opinion Board  —  Pennsylvania Democrats are confronted with a tragedy of riches: two incredibly appealing candidates for their Party's nomination.  —  We want to believe that Sen. Barack Obama can accomplish all he promises.  His soaring rhetoric and compelling vision have inspired us and many other students.
Discussion: The Swamp
Newsmax/Zogby Poll: Deadlocked in Pennsylvania!  —  UTICA, New York—With just five days left before Democratic primary voters go to polls to decide who they want to be their presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois are locked in a battle that is too close to call …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Nikita R Stewart / D.C. Wire:
Breaking News: Thomas Backs Obama  —  You heard it here first.  Council member and newly elected superdelegate Harry Thomas Jr., initially a supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, is announcing in minutes that he will cast his vote at the Democratic National Convention in Denver for Sen. Barack Obama.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and The Page
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
SEIU Joins the Pa. Fray
Discussion: The Swamp and The Trail
Max Bergmann /
GAO Slams Bush on Terrorism - says Al Qaeda attack likely and we have no plan  —  Here is the title of a report from the General Accountability Office on combating terrorism released today: … That is not some line buried in the report.  That is the title.  Wow.
Larry M. Bartels / New York Times:
Who's Bitter Now?  —  Princeton, N.J.  —  DURING Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia, Barack Obama once more tried to explain what he meant when he suggested earlier this month that small-town people of modest means “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Top Ratings for Pennsylvania Debate
Discussion: Wonkette
Julie Kirtz Garrett / Fox News:
Is Going Green Making You Crazy? It's Time for Eco-Therapy
Wonk Room:
McCain Adviser Carly Fiorina Acknowledges Tax Incentives For …
James Boyce / The Huffington Post:
Ben Stein: Yoko Ono On Line 1
John J. Kruzel / DefenseLINK:
Intercepted al-Qaida Letter Reveals Tactics, Strategy
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Associated Press:
Cheney yucks it up at media dinner
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Rendell: Early Questions In the Debate Weren't Real
Bill / INDCJournal:
Headed to Baghdad/Sadr City
Discussion: The Jawa Report
 Earlier Items: 
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Byrd tells critics: ‘Shut up’
Olga Freer / Daily Mail:
The Russian mum who says British women are ghastly with their …
Discussion: The Corner
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Speaker Pelosi, Step Aside
Discussion: Associated Press
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Congress May Seek Criminal Probe of Altered Earmark
Mahmoud al-Zahar / Washington Post:
No Peace Without Hamas
Michael J. Totten:
Now They Have Turned to the Tribes  —  Sheikh Sattar Abu Risha …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Some too ‘obsessed’ with what we say