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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Obama and Clinton Debate
Discussion: Associated Press and Philly.com
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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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.
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 …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Barack Fingers The Problem
Discussion: The American Mind and Lonewacko
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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: Matthew Yglesias
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   PILING ON....Ezra Klein on bittergate: … This really threw me for a loop too.
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’
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Nunn, Boren back Obama
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
David Brooks' fictitious defense of his industry's behavior  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Shakesville
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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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Corner
 
 
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Matt / Think Progress:
Kristol ‘Looks Down’ On Majority Of Americans: Calls Them ‘Feckless’ And Unserious
Discussion: Wonk Room and Washington Post
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Defining earmarks  —  Here's a bit more on a wonky tangent …
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McCain Campaign Shifts into General Election Mode
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UPDATED: ‘Washington Post’ Staffer Fired for Profane Sports Blogging
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Spencer / Attackerman:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Mukasey dishonesty update
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Shvarts explains her ‘repeated self-induced miscarriages’
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Specter: ‘Retroactive immunity is exactly wrong.’
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Marc Ambinder:
THK's Tax Returns And McCain
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Pennsylvania expectations
Discussion: The New Republic
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Obama Dominant At Pa. Colleges
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The art that was obviously a hoax was a hoax.
Matthew Yglesias:
GOP Doom  —  Here's Ben Schneider's lead from yesterday's Congress Daily:
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
Iwo Jima Veterans Blast Time's ‘Special Environmental Issue’ Cover
Richard Pendlebury / Daily Mail:
So, Mr Putin, what do you see in this nubile 24-year-old rhythmic gymnast?