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1:20 PM ET, April 18, 2008


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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 …
Newsmax/Zogby Poll: Clinton Edges Ahead in Pennsylvania  —  UTICA, New York - New York Democrat Hillary Clinton had a good day in the Newsmax/Zogby daily tracking poll ahead of Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary, following a strong debate performance in Philadelphia Wednesday night …
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton's Goal: Win Big in Pennsylvania, Sow Doubts Over Obama  —  PHILADELPHIA — With Sen. Hillary Clinton widely expected to win Pennsylvania's Democratic primary on Tuesday, most of the focus is on the margin.  Anything less than a double-digit victory could solidify the perception …
Discussion: PSoTD and Decision '08
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.
Talk about no class: Barack Obama gives Hillary the middle finger.  [UPDATED and bumped]  —  After losing the debate tonight, Obama gave Hillary the finger today.  I don't know if he intended to do that hand gesture in his pause while talking about Hillary, but it is obvious the crowd thought …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WILL THE SUPERDELEGATES BREAK?  —  The Other Klein thinks that Clinton may have ended her campaign in Pennsylvania by going so forcefully negative.  Maybe so.  Or maybe not.  I've stopped trying to predict these things.  But the Clinton campaign made a huge tactical error in jumping on the …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Nation
David Brooks / New York Times:
How Obama Fell to Earth  —  Back in Iowa, Barack Obama promised to be something new — an unconventional leader who would confront unpleasant truths, embrace novel policies and unify the country.  If he had knocked Hillary Clinton out in New Hampshire and entered general-election mode early …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Backlash Against ABC
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Commentary
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Clinton: Obama's 'walk away" mentality
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
The Democrats' Wimp Factor
Discussion: Hot Air and Donklephant
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMANATION'S POWER  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** ObamaNation's power: Curious of what the bitterness and anger could look like if Obama is somehow denied the Democratic nomination?  Check out the reaction from the ObamaNation over Wednesday's debate.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Superdelegates Unswayed by Clinton's Attacks  —  Throughout their contentious debate on Wednesday, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton tried again and again to put Senator Barack Obama on the defensive in a pointed attempt, her advisers say, to raise doubts about his electability among a small …
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
The Dean 25 could decide Clinton's fate  —  If, as Hillary Clinton has suggested, her campaign takes the fight to seat the Florida and Michigan delegations all the way to the Democratic National Convention this summer, the fate of her challenge is all but certain to hinge on 25 individuals appointed …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HMMMM  —  Remember that woman from the debate last night who the moderators showed videotape of asking whether Barack Obama “believes in the flag”?  Her name is Nash McCabe.  —  I remember thinking it was sort of odd to have a couple one-off uses of ordinary voter questions when it didn't really seem like it was part of the format.
Richard Pendlebury / Daily Mail:
So, Mr Putin, what do you see in this nubile 24-year-old rhythmic gymnast?  —  This is the kind of question Mrs Merton might ask:  —  'So, Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, what do you see in a 24-year-old, sensationally beautiful gymnast with a penchant for posing semi-naked …
Discussion: Dlisted and The Corner
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Rove's Lawyer Backtracks On Testimony Promise, Hints Rove …
Daily Mail:
Public pool bars father and son from its ‘Muslim-only’ swimming session
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Pelosi calls for ethics probe of Young earmark
Yale Daily News:
Shvarts, Yale clash over project
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Deterring the Undeterrable
New York Post:
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Michelle Malkin:
Open borders and the Catholic elite
Megan McArdle:
Man's Men  —  I don't know that I agree with Mark Kleiman …
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Obama's Tax Evasion
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Matthew Yglesias:
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Earthquake!  —  I've never — and I'm pretty old …
Radical NGO Founder Riad Hamad Found Dead, Probably Murdered
Washington Post:
Public's View of Economy Takes Fast Turn Downward
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Clinging to a Stereotype  —  Will Barack Obama's now famous …