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4:50 PM ET, April 17, 2008


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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.
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
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.
Marc Ambinder:
The Obamaverse v. George Stephanopoulos
Discussion: The Corner
Byron York / The Corner:
Clinton, Obama, and Bill Ayers, Day Two
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
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.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
How Not To Unify The Party  —  Our friend Markos approvingly quotes this offensive comment: … It is bizarre that any Dem who wants to win in November with a unified Party would quote that approvingly.  For the record, would “not a Dem” say this? … (Emphasis supplied.)  I wonder who the real Dems are.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Going Negative? Mailer Hits Clinton On Trade
Cafferty: Clinton & McCain find common enemy
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
re: Brave New Exhibitionism
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Ross Douthat
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Brooks Celebrates The Freak Show
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democratic Operative Takes on McCain's Age  —  Despite a recent promise from Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean not to make Sen. John McCain's age — he turns 72 in August — an issue in the presidential campaign, a senior Democratic operative has started a new website designed to draw attention to just that fact.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and The Trail
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   McCain readies unorthodox campaign
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:
Another Notable Debate Freak-Out [Dan Collins; UPDATED, with verified Jeff G sighting]  —  At the HuffPo, Jeffrey Feldman entitles his bad acid diary entry, “Et Tu, ABC?”  —  This casts Obama as Julius Caesar, and ABC as Brutus, which is psychologically interesting in and of itself …
Jeffrey Feldman / The Huffington Post:   Et Tu, ABC?
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Blunt opposes Justice probe of Coconut Road earmark
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama on debate: ‘Sen. Clinton looked in her element’  —  Just now in Raleigh, Obama took issue with ABC News' conduct during last night's debate, and used it to link Clinton to traditional political tactics.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Ali / Think Progress:
Gordon Brown: ‘The world owes Bush a huge debt of gratitude.’
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
BASRA UPDATE....Hmmm.  Gareth Porter has an intriguing …
Yturks / The Young Turks:
Congresswoman Admits the Democrats are Giving Up on Iraq
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Amanda / Think Progress:
Mikulski Slams White House: 'Since You're Pugnacious, Guess What?
Douglas P. Clement /
President Bush Coming to Kent Next Friday
Paul Silver / The Moderate Voice:
The Myth of Small Donors
Wall Street Journal:
We Need a Science White House
Discussion: The Corner and Swampland
Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Top Ratings for Pennsylvania Debate
Discussion: Wonkette
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McCain Adviser Carly Fiorina Acknowledges Tax Incentives For …
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
Discussion: The Confluence
Bill / INDCJournal:
Headed to Baghdad/Sadr City
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Nikita R Stewart / D.C. Wire:
Breaking News: Thomas Backs Obama
Discussion: MyDD and Reason Magazine
Larry M. Bartels / New York Times:
Who's Bitter Now?  —  Princeton, N.J.  —  DURING Wednesday …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Wizbang Blue