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10:30 AM ET, April 17, 2008


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Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
The Debate: A Shameful Night for the U.S. Media  —  In perhaps the most embarrassing performance by the media in a major presidential debate in years, ABC News hosts Charles Gibson and George Stephanopolous focused mainly on trivial issues as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama faced off in Philadelphia.
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.
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.
Will Bunch /
An open letter to Charlie Gibson and George Stephanapoulos  —  Dear Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos,  —  It's hard to know where to begin with this, less than an hour after you signed off from your Democratic presidential debate here in my hometown of Philadelphia …
Washington Post:
Obama Pressed in Pa. Debate  —  Gaffes Are a Focus as He Spars With Clinton  —  Sen. Barack Obama repeatedly found himself on the defensive here Wednesday night as he sought to bat away criticism of his remarks about small-town values, questions about his patriotism and the incendiary sermons …
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Clinton-Obama Debate: ABC Decides Top Issues Facing Americans Are Gaffes, Flag Pins and '60s Radicals  —  NEW YORK In perhaps the most embarrassing performance by the media in a major presidential debate in years, ABC News hosts Charles Gibson and George Stephanopolous focused mainly …
Marc Ambinder:
The Score Card  —  Keeping the score card, there's no way Obama could fared worse.  Nearly 45 minutes of relentless political scrutiny from the ABC anchors and from Hillary Clinton, followed by an issues-and-answers session in which his anger carried over and sort of neutered him.
New York Times:
Clinton Uses Sharp Attacks in Tense Debate  —  PHILADELPHIA — Senator Barack Obama found himself consistently on the defensive as he and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton met Wednesday night in a tense debate that left him parrying questions and criticism on issues including values …
Sam Boyd / American Prospect:
THESE QUESTIONS ARE A DISGRACE.  —  A woman asks if Obama …
Discussion: Daily Kos and
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: Commentary and Classical Values
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Attention ABC: You're HURTING America! UPDATED with VIDEO!
Discussion: and Macsmind
Michelle Malkin:
Nutroots go ballistic: We demand a stultifyingly dull debate!  Or else!
Discussion: Hot Air and Publius Pundit
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The ABC News “Freak Show”
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Sorry, Charlie: You're Wrong on the Cap Gains Tax
Katrina Vanden Heuvel / The Nation:
The Gotcha Debate
Discussion: The New Republic and Betsy's Page
Ron Chusid / Liberal Values:   ABC and Hillary Clinton Double Team Obama With Slime
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
And the winner is...  ...McCain by a landslide!  A reader writes in:
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Brendan Loy / Irish Trojan in Tennessee:
Will there be a backlash?
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Tactics Uber Alles
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 …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
HAMAS ENDORSES OBAMA  —  On Sunday, Aaron Klein and John Batchelor interviewed Ahmed Yousef, chief political adviser to the Prime Minister of Hamas, on WABC radio.  The interview produced a scoop which, for some reason, has not been widely publicized: Hamas has endorsed Barack Obama for President.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Speaker Pelosi, Step Aside  —  As a sister Catholic, I have a plea to Nancy Pelosi this morning: Don't do it.  Don't make the papal Mass about you or a political statement.  The Vatican wants bishops to shepherd pro-choice Catholic pols — you can't be a pro-choice Catholic pol — and Pelosi …
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
Michael J. Totten:
Now They Have Turned to the Tribes  —  Sheikh Sattar Abu Risha, leader of the Iraq's Anbar Salvation Council before he was murdered by a car bomb in front of his house in late 2007, summed up the Anbar Awakening movement in a few concise sentences to Johns Hopkins University Professor Fouad Ajami.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and The Page
Olga Freer / Daily Mail:
The Russian mum who says British women are ghastly with their fake tans, fake breasts and peroxide hair  —  Women leaving the price stickers on their shoes, drunken hooligans roaming the streets at night - these are things that you and I witness on a day-to-day basis in Britain.
Discussion: The Corner
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
SEIU Joins the Pa. Fray  —  The Service Employees International Union is joining the ad fray in Pennsylvania with commercials in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia starting today that highlight the rising cost of gas and tout Barack Obama's ability to solve the problem.
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
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