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11:30 AM ET, April 17, 2008


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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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
Billary Redux / Daily Kos:
Keep turning up the HEAT on ABC... New Info  —  Call the Switch Board: 212-456-7777 and Ask for the Voicemail of George Stephanopoulos Directly.  —  Also: dial 818-460-7477 press 2 then 6 then 639  —  ABC NEW YORK NEWSROOM: (212) 456-5100 Newsroom Fax Machine 212.456.5150
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Hannity Spoonfed Left-Field Debate Question To Stephanopoulos
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Worst. Debate. Ever.
Discussion: Firedoglake, MOMocrats and LiberalOasis
Matthew Yglesias:   Out of Touch  —  I'd forgotten that for months now Charlie Gibson …
Sam Boyd / American Prospect:
THESE QUESTIONS ARE A DISGRACE.  —  A woman asks if Obama …
Discussion: The New Republic
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: The Caucus and Pajamas Media
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: Commentary and Classical Values
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Attention ABC: You're HURTING America! UPDATED with VIDEO!
Discussion: and Macsmind
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GIBSON  —  I guess I'm not enough of a Gibsonologist.
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
SEIU Joins the Pa. Fray
Discussion: The Trail and TPM Election Central
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 …
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
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: OxBlog
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Congress May Seek Criminal Probe of Altered Earmark  —  The Senate moved yesterday toward asking the Justice Department for a criminal investigation of a $10 million legislative earmark whose provisions were mysteriously altered after Congress gave final approval to a huge 2005 highway funding bill.
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 …
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Associated Press:
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