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11:50 AM 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 …
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 …
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 …
The Trail:
Say 'She's Really Nice,' Clinton Tells Supporters
Discussion: Commentary, The Fix and The Page
Dean: I need a decision ‘now’  —  (CNN)— An increasingly firm Howard Dean told CNN again Thursday that he needs superdelegates to say who they're for - and “I need them to say who they're for starting now.”  —  “We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time …
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 …
USA Today:
Some superdelegates just biding their time
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 …
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
The Democrats' Wimp Factor
Discussion: Hot Air and Donklephant
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Clinton: Obama's 'walk away" mentality  —  PHILADELPHIA —The fallout over Wednesday's debate in Philadelphia continued this morning as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested to a local TV newscast that Sen. Barack Obama's complaints about his questioning at the event displayed a “walk away” mentality “when the going gets tough.”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Clinging to a Stereotype  —  Will Barack Obama's now famous “bitter” quote turn out to have been a big deal politically?  Frankly, I have no idea.  —  But here's a different question: was Mr. Obama right?  —  Mr. Obama's comments combined assertions about economics, sociology and voting behavior.
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Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Democratic primary turns superdelegates into followers
Matthew Yglesias:
GOP Doom  —  Here's Ben Schneider's lead from yesterday's Congress Daily:
Discussion: American Spectator
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Earthquake!  —  I've never — and I'm pretty old …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Begins Erecting Wall in Sadr City
Discussion: Think Progress
Brian Leiter / Brian Leiter's Law School Reports:
Whenever there is an opportunity to attack the First Amendment …
POLL: Iraq as a Must-Win Now Rejected by 2-1
Matthew Yglesias:
Yuppies on the Bus  —  I was interested to read in yesterday's …
Radical NGO Founder Riad Hamad Found Dead, Probably Murdered
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Obama, masculinity, blackness, and hoops
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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”
Shaun Jacob Halper / The Huffington Post:
Standing up for the Sissy  —  If Hillary's candidacy runs its course …
Washington Post:
Public's View of Economy Takes Fast Turn Downward
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
New York Times Company Posts Loss
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Press secretary to the rescue