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2:40 PM ET, April 18, 2008

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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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton's Goal: Win Big in Pennsylvania, Sow Doubts Over Obama
Discussion: PSoTD
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Barack Fingers The Problem
Discussion: Lonewacko
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Commentary
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Clinton: Obama's 'walk away" mentality
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 …
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Obama Dominant At Pa. Colleges  —  CBS News/UWIRE Poll Shows Students Paying Close Attention, Overwhelmingly Favor Ill. Senator  —  (CBS) Most students attending four-year colleges and universities in Pennsylvania are enthusiastic about voting in the presidential campaign …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taegan Goddard's …
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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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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 …
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
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   PILING ON....Ezra Klein on bittergate: … This really threw me for a loop too.
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 …
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:
Matthew Yglesias:
GOP Doom  —  Here's Ben Schneider's lead from yesterday's Congress Daily: … You know things are bad when your political party won't even pretend it's possible that they'll pick up seats months ahead of an election.  Back in January 2007, the congressional Republicans reached the conclusion …
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 …
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: The Other McCain and Dlisted
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: The Corner
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Pennsylvania expectations
Discussion: The New Republic
Spencer Ackerman / The Nation:
Journalists Slam ABC Debate Tactics
Discussion: The Nation and Attackerman
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Nunn, Boren back Obama
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
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Deterring the Undeterrable
New York Post:
TRASHY WTC SECURITY
Discussion: Wonkette
Michelle Malkin:
Open borders and the Catholic elite
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Megan McArdle:
Man's Men  —  I don't know that I agree with Mark Kleiman …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Tax Evasion
White House:
President Bush Attends National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
Discussion: TownHall Blog and The Corner
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Earthquake!  —  I've never — and I'm pretty old …
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
The Dean 25 could decide Clinton's fate
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
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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 …