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2:00 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 …
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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 …
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 The Page
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.
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WILL THE SUPERDELEGATES BREAK?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   PILING ON....Ezra Klein on bittergate: … This really threw me for a loop too.
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.
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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 …
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 …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Backlash Against ABC
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Commentary
Spencer Ackerman / The Nation:
Journalists Slam ABC Debate Tactics
Discussion: The Nation and Attackerman
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The art that was obviously a hoax was a hoax.  —  WaPo reports: … I wish the WaPo would report that in addition to the “outcry on the Internet,” there were plenty of people, including myself, who immediately spotted a hoax. … Ambiguity surrounding form and function of a woman's body …
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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.
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Zogby:
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 …
Gallup:
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%.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democrats Leading McCain in “Purple” States
Discussion: The Swamp and The Strata-Sphere
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 …
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 …
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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 Other McCain
 
 
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
While McCain Watches  —  On Tuesday Hillary Clinton made the best speech of her campaign.
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Nunn, Boren back Obama
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain reports $405,409 in earnings for 2007
Matt / Think Progress:
Rove's Lawyer Backtracks On Testimony Promise, Hints Rove …
Daily Mail:
Public pool bars father and son from its ‘Muslim-only’ swimming session
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Pelosi calls for ethics probe of Young earmark
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Deterring the Undeterrable
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
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Public's View of Economy Takes Fast Turn Downward
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Clinging to a Stereotype  —  Will Barack Obama's now famous …