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11:20 PM ET, April 18, 2008


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Celeste Fremon / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Slams Democratic Activists At Private Fundraiser  —  At a small closed-door fundraiser after Super Tuesday, Sen. Hillary Clinton blamed what she called the “activist base” of the Democratic Party — and in particular — for many of her electoral defeats, saying activists had …
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
A new Newsweek poll shows Obama pulling away.  —  Despite her campaign's relentless attacks on Barack Obama's qualifications and electability, Hillary Clinton has lost a lot of ground with Democratic voters nationwide going into Tuesday's critical primary in Pennsylvania, a new NEWSWEEK poll shows.
Gallup Daily: Clinton Moves Within 3 Points of Obama  —  Thursday night interviewing suggests Obama may have been hurt by debate  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows a tightening of the national Democratic race, with Barack Obama now holding just a 3-percentage point advantage over Hillary Clinton, 47% to 44%.
Spencer Ackerman / The Nation:
Journalists Slam ABC Debate Tactics  —  In an open letter to ABC, journalists and media commentator condemn the network's poor handling of the April 16 Democratic presidential debate.  —  We the undersigned deplore the conduct of ABC's George Stephanopoulos and Charles Gibson at the Democratic Presidential debate on April 16.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Backlash Against ABC  —  The political fallout from the Philadelphia faceoff between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was all but eclipsed yesterday by a fierce debate about Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos.  —  The ABC moderators found themselves under fire for focusing …
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
An Open Letter to ABC about the Presidential Debate  —  We the undersigned deplore the conduct of ABC's George Stephanopoulos and Charles Gibson at the Democratic Presidential debate on April 16.  The debate was a revolting descent into tabloid journalism and a gross disservice to Americans concerned …
Brad Jacobson / MediaBloodhound:
The Wounded-Courier (EXCLUSIVE): Transcript of Untelevised Portion of ABC Debate  —  The Wounded-Courier (EXCLUSIVE):  —  Transcript of Untelevised Portion of ABC Debate  —  ABC News' handling of the Democratic debate on Wednesday generated thousands of negative comments from viewers …
Matt Stoller / The Huffington Post:
And Al Gore Helps John McCain into the White House  —  So John McCain is moving towards a more moderate position so he can build himself up for the general election.  And the way he is doing it is quite fascinating if not surprising. … And why would John McCain be trusted on climate change?
John McCain / CNN:
McCain camp calls Obama ‘recklessly dishonest’  —  (CNN) — John McCain's campaign is crying foul over what it characterizes as repeated distortions from Barack Obama, saying on Friday the Illinois senator is “recklessly dishonest.”  —  The most recent dustup comes after Obama criticized …
Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
McCain Campaign Shifts into General Election Mode
Karl / protein wisdom:
Leftosphere recycles distorted antiwar propaganda from McClatchy  —  A McClatchy story about a study of the Iraq conflict by former senior Pentagon official Joseph Collins is blasted by Collins at the Small Wars Journal blog: … Of course, the usual suspects in the Leftosphere ran with the distorted McClatchy story.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Pentagon institute calls Iraq war ‘a major debacle’ with outcome ‘in doubt’
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Karl Rove vs. Dan Abrams … Keep reading this post . . .
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Obama for President  —  The formal act of endorsing a candidate is generally (and properly)limited to editorial pages and elected officials whose constituents might be influenced by their choice.  The rest of us shouldn't assume anyone cares.  My avoidance of offering a formal endorsement until …
Why Democrats Rule the Web  —  You know the drill.  As election day approaches, glossy pamphlets clog your mailbox.  Annoying prerecorded calls jam your answering machine.  Nasty attack ads disturb your prime-time TV viewing.  You are bombarded at every turn, and you take it all in …
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Killer Video of the Moment: O'Reilly's Fox ‘News’ Reporter Gets Pwned by Pro-Wright Priest  —  and I'm sorry I don't know his name —  is my new hero.  Can't really set up the following must-watch killer video any better than “Rat” of RatTube, from whence it was found, did: … Yes.  Very good.
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
Joe Klein / Swampland:
It's Getting Close to Over  —  I woke up this morning and the blues were pouring down like rain...Well, not really—although I've always loved that lyric.  Actually, I woke up this morning with a gut feeling that the Philadelphia debate may have been the last straw for the Democratic Party …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Joe Lieberman, Round III  —  For those non-Plank obsessives: I wrote an item in defense of Joe Lieberman yesterday.  Jon Chait wrote in an item in response.  He has some  —  fair points and others that I take issue with.  To respond to his specifics:  —  1. I apologize to Research2000 for calling them “obscure.”
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
DNC pores over agencies' records for dirt on McCain
Discussion: Redstate
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Campaign Hook-Ups  —  The seemingly endless presidential campaign has led to an unusually high number of staff romances.  —  The most heated presidential primary in recent history has drawn a record number of new voters, galvanized young Americans and forced the nation to confront deep-rooted race and gender issues.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Wonkette
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
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Ben / Think Progress:
McCain: 'There's Been Great Progress Economically' Since Bush Took Office
Kathy G. / The G Spot:
My Maureen Dowd story
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
GIBSONIAN DEMOCRATS.  —  Howard Gleckman points out that while …
Ronald Brownstein / MSNBC:
Obama's not in Kansas anymore
Discussion: Hot Air
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Darwin and Hitler  —  Some readers want me to pass comment …
Discussion: National Review
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
David Brooks' fictitious defense of his industry's behavior
 Earlier Items: 
Matt / Think Progress:
Kristol ‘Looks Down’ On Majority Of Americans: Calls Them ‘Feckless’ And Unserious
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
UPDATED: ‘Washington Post’ Staffer Fired for Profane Sports Blogging
Spencer / Attackerman:
I Wanna See Some Of History  —  Matt Yglesias reads …
Aliza Shvarts / Yale Daily News:
Shvarts explains her ‘repeated self-induced miscarriages’
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Barack Fingers The Problem
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
While McCain Watches  —  On Tuesday Hillary Clinton made the best speech of her campaign.
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Across Globe, Empty Bellies Bring Rising Anger
Mark Murray / MSNBC: