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8:25 PM ET, April 18, 2008

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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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama makes a one-fingered gesture while speaking of Hillary Clinton  —  This is one of those political moments that really needs few words.  —  We'll no doubt hear much more about this incident in coming days.  —  Right now, we'll just leave this video for Ticket readers to view and judge for themselves.
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:
WILL THE SUPERDELEGATES BREAK?
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 MoveOn.org in particular — for many of her electoral defeats, saying activists had …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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New York Magazine:
Heilemann: Robert Reich to Endorse Obama  —  Secretary of Labor Robert Reich with Hillary Clinton at an education event in Washington, 1994.Photo: Corbis  —  If the Democratic presidential race were a poker game, by now you'd have to suspect that Barack Obama's campaign is dealing from the bottom …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Pentagon institute calls Iraq war ‘a major debacle’ with outcome ‘in doubt’  —  WASHINGTON — The war in Iraq has become “a major debacle” and the outcome “is in doubt” despite improvements in security from the buildup in U.S. forces, according to a highly critical study published Thursday …
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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.
SWJ Blog:   Pentagon Study? Current Events in Iraq? Not so Fast...
Sam Graham-Felsen / my.barackobama.com:
Former Senators Sam Nunn and David L. Boren Endorse Barack Obama for President  —  Chicago, IL - Today, Former Senators Sam Nunn and David L. Boren endorsed Barack Obama for president, citing his judgment and vision to be Commander and Chief and his ability to strengthen our national security.
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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
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
The First 21st-Century Campaign  —  THE DEMOCRATS ARE REACHING NEW HEIGHTS IN RAISING MONEY, RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS, HIRING STAFF, BUYING TV ADS, CONTACTING VOTERS, AND GENERATING TURNOUT.  —  Sat.  —  In scope and sweep, tactics and scale, the marathon struggle between Barack Obama …
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Time:   Why Democrats Rule the Web
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.”
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, TPMCafe and The Board
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
DNC pores over agencies' records for dirt on McCain
Discussion: Redstate
Mike Nizza / The Lede:
Sticking to the Bit?  Yale's Abortion Artist  —  A few weeks after an April Fool's Day onslaught of disinformation masquerading as fun, Yale University is claiming that one of its students is parading a hoax masquerading as art.  —  Aliza Shvarts's abortion art project sparked waves …
Discussion: Yale Daily News and Gawker
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
David Brooks' fictitious defense of his industry's behavior  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  As I've noted more times than I can count, the premiere manipulative, deceitful tactic of the Beltway pundit is the pretense that they are the Spokespeople for the Regular Americans …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
While McCain Watches  —  On Tuesday Hillary Clinton made the best speech of her campaign.  She told the American Society of Newspaper Editors how she conceives “the power and promise of the presidency.”  She asserted that President Bush had been “unready” for the office, did not understand its …
 
 
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Matt / Think Progress:
Kristol ‘Looks Down’ On Majority Of Americans: Calls Them ‘Feckless’ And Unserious
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Mukasey dishonesty update
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Matt / Think Progress:
Specter: ‘Retroactive immunity is exactly wrong.’
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
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Richard Pendlebury / Daily Mail:
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