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3:20 AM ET, April 18, 2008


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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
OBAMA FINGERS A ‘GOTCHA’ DEBATE  —  Sen. Barack Obama was on the stump today in Raleigh, N.C., the day after his debate in Philadelphia with Sen. Hillary Clinton.  Have a look at his body language when he spoke of the sort of debate it was — a “gotcha” fest — and about Clinton being “in her element.”
Obama: Let's campaign, not have more debates  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama on Thursday suggested he doesn't see any point in having another debate with Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton.  —  Clinton has agreed to a debate next week, but Obama has not yet accepted the invitation.
Byron York / The Hill:
Barack and the bomber  —  If we're judged by those with whom we associate, here's a question:  —  Would you rather be associated with a '60s radical who plotted to bomb the Pentagon and to this day believes, as he said a few years ago, “I don't regret setting bombs; I feel we didn't do enough …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Hillary Clinton ‘rescues’ Colbert Report  —  PHILADELPHIA—Unsuccessful in his attempt to become a presidential candidate in his native South Carolina, comedy show host Stephen Colbert was forced to rely on the  —  “expertise” of Sen. Hillary Clinton during a taping of tonight's “Colbert Report.”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Trail:
Bill Ayers Has a Blog — and Regrets
Opinion Board  —  Pennsylvania Democrats are confronted …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
George Stephanopoulos Responds To Obama, Defends Handling Of Debate  —  At some point amid the hailstorm of criticism that greeted ABC's handling of yesterday's Dem debate, moderator George Stephanopoulos received an email — one of the many, many missives about the debate he's received — from an Obama adviser.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Does John McCain require his mistress to wear a flag pin?
Discussion: Oliver Willis and The BRAD BLOG
Marc Ambinder:
The Obamaverse v. George Stephanopoulos
Discussion: The Corner
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Criticizes Debate, Says Hillary “Looked In Her Element”
Discussion: Firedoglake
Aliza Shvarts: Abortion Goo Girl Rants Against the “Patriarchal Heteronormative”  —  [Note: Yale now claims this was all a hoax.  See below.]  —  [Note: Yale Advisor removes video from YouTube.  See below.]  —  VIDEO UPDATE: Like cockroaches running for the den when the lights go on …
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Yale: Student's Art Project Only ‘Creative Fiction’  —  A Yale student's bizarre art project in which she claimed to have repeatedly impregnated and induced abortions in herself is a work of “creative fiction,” the university said in a statement this afternoon.
Dean: I need a decision ‘now’  —  (CNN)— An increasingly firm Howard Dean told CNN again Thursday that he needs superdelegates to say who they're for - and “I need them to say who they're for starting now.”  —  “We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democratic Operative Takes on McCain's Age
Discussion: Hot Air and Ben Smith's Blogs
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:   McCain Is Old, So Are Voters
Matthew Yglesias:
Dirt off Your Shoulder  —  This business is pretty cool.  Somewhere between a dog whistle to the kids and a reverse Sister Souljah.  Check out Obama at 2:20:  —  And now Jay-Z:  —  Good stuff, thought I guess rap scold Douthat wouldn't approve.
Spencer / Attackerman:
You Gotta Get (Get) That (That) Dirt Off Your Shoulder  —  Starting at 2:20, bear witness to perhaps the coolest subliminal cultural reference in the history of American politics.  —  Brooklyn, stand up!
Discussion: The Huffington Post
James Fallows:
This horrible “debate”  —  As mentioned earlier, family concerns (my father) have trumped other concerns for quite a while.  Among various consequences, and in the cosmic sense a trivial one, is the list of items building up that I am looking for a chance to weigh in on …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Stephanopoulos defends debate performance: 'We asked tough …
Huge War Supplemental in Works  —  The House Democratic leadership is close to finalizing a decision to combine all outstanding Bush administration requests for war funding — totaling at least $170 billion — into one huge bill, according to lawmakers and aides.
Andy Polk /
U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick  —  Representing North Carolina's Ninth District  —  Rep. Myrick Calls for Former President Jimmy Carter's Passport to be Revoked  —  (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Rep. Sue Myrick (NC-9) called on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to revoke former President Jimmy Carter's passport.
Jonathan Martin / Yahoo! News:
McCain readies unorthodox campaign  —  For reasons of financial necessity, personal preference and plain politics, John McCain is gearing up to run one of the least traditional presidential campaigns in recent history.  —  The problem is that even prominent strategists within McCain's own party wonder …
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
The Two Wars in Iraq & Mistaken Republican Support for Obama  —  [T]he root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.  —James Baldwin.  —  Bush screwed the pooch in Iraq.  There is a good argument to be made that we should not have invaded in the first place.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama Campaign “Flattered” by Hamas Endorsement  —  Hamas endorsed Obama yesterday, and Philip Klein got the reaction from David Axelrod: … Note the slipperiness.  Axelrod first distances himself from the “gentleman from Hamas,” but in the next breath he embraces the gentleman/terrorists' comparison …
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton: No ‘Whining’ from Hillary  —  ABC News' Sarah Amos Reports: Former President Bill Clinton says he didn't see his wife “whining” when she's taken some tough political shots on the presidential campaign trail.  —  “When I watched that debate last night, I got kinda tickled,” …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Show Tracker
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Matthew Yglesias:
Standards  —  There's been something a bit odd about scanning …
Discussion: Eschaton and Cogitamus
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary and Obama in Small Town
Discussion: Ed
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Press secretary to the rescue
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Reactions to the debate.
Brian C. Ledbetter / snapped shot:
Palestinian Fauxtography?  —  Reader Jordan B. writes in regarding …
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama questioner explains why she finds him annoying
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Discussion: Julian Sanchez
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Would A Dem Say This?
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