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1:30 PM ET, April 17, 2008


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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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Faiz / Think Progress:
AUDIO: Hannity Feeds Stephanopoulos Debate Question On Weather Underground  —  Last night's ABC News Democratic presidential candidates debate was co-moderated by George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson, but the unseen influence of Fox News' Sean Hannity was also on stage.
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Brooks Celebrates The Freak Show
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Worst. Debate. Ever.
Discussion: Firedoglake and MOMocrats
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 Swamp, The Page and The Trail
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 …
Martine Powers / Yale Daily News:
For senior, abortion a medium for art, political discourse  —  Art major Aliza Shvarts '08 wants to make a statement.  —  Beginning next Tuesday, Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself …
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.
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 …
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Cheney yucks it up at media dinner
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The Hill:
GOP is cool to McCain's economics
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Making Unwanted Music
Michael Grunwald / Time:
The Dems Play Trivial Pursuit
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Rendell: Early Questions In the Debate Weren't Real
Discussion: The Confluence
Bill / INDCJournal:
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
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Olga Freer / Daily Mail:
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Speaker Pelosi, Step Aside
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No Peace Without Hamas
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Chinese Student in U.S. Is Caught in Confrontation
Michael J. Totten:
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Some too ‘obsessed’ with what we say
Associated Press:
AP-Yahoo poll shows McCain winning back unhappy Republicans