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6:35 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.
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.
Marc Ambinder:
The Obamaverse v. George Stephanopoulos  —  This YouTube is making the rounds:
Discussion: The Corner
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.
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
Joe Klein / Swampland:
A Lousy Latest Column
Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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 …
Steven Ertelt / Pro-Life Headlines:
Yale Student Engages in Shocking Self-Induced Abortion Art Display  —  New Haven, CT ( — A Yale University art student is causing a national controversy with her senior art project that revolves around self-induced abortions.  Aliza Shvarts says she artificially inseminated herself …
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 …
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.
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Going Negative? Mailer Hits Clinton On Trade
Cafferty: Clinton & McCain find common enemy
Discussion: The New Republic
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 Swamp and The Daily Dish
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Obama says debate focused on ‘gotcha,’ not policy issues
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Nikita R Stewart / D.C. Wire:
Breaking News: Thomas Backs Obama
Discussion: MyDD and Reason Magazine
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.
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
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   McCain readies unorthodox campaign
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.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Would A Dem Say This?
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?
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.
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Robert Naiman / The Huffington Post:
Jewish Liberals Launch Counterweight to AIPAC
Mike Stark / The Huffington Post:
What You Might Not Know About the Constitution
Discussion: Julian Sanchez
Spencer / Attackerman:
You Gotta Get (Get) That (That) Dirt Off Your Shoulder
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Benjamin / Bloomberg:
Democrats Pushing Obama, Clinton Toward Populism, Protectionism
Ali / Think Progress:
Gordon Brown: ‘The world owes Bush a huge debt of gratitude.’
Amanda / Think Progress:
Mikulski Slams White House: 'Since You're Pugnacious, Guess What?
Paul Silver / The Moderate Voice:
The Myth of Small Donors
Wall Street Journal:
We Need a Science White House
Discussion: The Corner and Swampland
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Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
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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 and BLACKFIVE
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
Larry M. Bartels / New York Times:
Who's Bitter Now?  —  Princeton, N.J.  —  DURING Wednesday …

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