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10:40 AM ET, April 18, 2008


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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
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 …
USA Today:   Some superdelegates just biding their time
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Sister Toldjah and Macsmind
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama fingers a ‘gotcha’ debate
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 …
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 …
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
The Dean 25 could decide Clinton's fate
The Huffington Post:
Joe Scarborough Walks Off MSNBC's “Race To The White House” After Exchange With Rachel Maddow  —  “Joe didn't walk off.  He chose not to participate in the final couple of minutes of the discussion because he felt the conversation didn't fit his role as a political analyst.”  —  Previously:
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MyDD, Political Machine and The Page
POLL: Iraq as a Must-Win Now Rejected by 2-1  —  Record Number of Americans Say Winning in Iraq Is Not Necessary for Defeating Terrorism  —  A record number of Americans say winning the war in Iraq is not necessary for the broader U.S. campaign against terrorism to succeed …
Radical NGO Founder Riad Hamad Found Dead, Probably Murdered  —  Police: Man found in the lake was a teacher … Hamad ran the Palestine Children's Welfare Fund (PCWF), a radical Gaza-based “charity” that helped children by teaching them to hate Jews.  He sued a number of people and entities …
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Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Workers Get Fewer Hours, Deepening the Downturn
Discussion: The Big Picture
Matthew Yglesias:
Yuppies on the Bus  —  I was interested to read in yesterday's …
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Obama, masculinity, blackness, and hoops
The Trail:
Say 'She's Really Nice,' Clinton Tells Supporters
Discussion: Commentary, The Fix and The Page
USA Today:
McCain campaign's next stop: ‘Forgotten parts of America’
Discussion: The Page
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democrats Leading McCain in “Purple” States
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
The Weather Underground - Ayres and Dohrn, Rosenberg and Evans
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Pendlebury / Daily Mail:
So, Mr Putin, what do you see in this nubile 24-year-old rhythmic gymnast?
Discussion: Dlisted and The Corner
Michelle Malkin:
MoveOn's definition of “hurting the country”
Washington Post:
Public's View of Economy Takes Fast Turn Downward
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
New York Times Company Posts Loss
Bloomberg: Next president will be ‘adult’
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Clinging to a Stereotype  —  Will Barack Obama's now famous …
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Press secretary to the rescue
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
The Two Wars in Iraq & Mistaken Republican Support for Obama