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4:10 PM ET, April 18, 2008


 Top Items: 
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%.
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 …
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 …
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 Silva / The Swamp:
Clinton: Obama's 'walk away" mentality
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and GINA COBB
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Barack Fingers The Problem  —  My goodness, Barack giving Hillary the finger!  Soooo Presidential.  Oh, well, maybe Mr. Multi-culti thinks it is a Hawaiian Good Luck sign.  The LA Times blog has the short version with a still; it's at about 1:10 on this extended version hosted by Matt Yglesias …
Discussion: The American Mind and Lonewacko
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.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
It's Getting Close to Over
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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, The Caucus and MSNBC
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 …
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.
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 …
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Obama Dominant At Pa. Colleges
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taegan Goddard's …
John McCain / CNN:
McCain camp calls Obama ‘recklessly dishonest’  —  (CNN) — John McCain's campaign is crying foul over what it characterizes as repeated distortions from Barack Obama, saying on Friday the Illinois senator is “recklessly dishonest.”  —  The most recent dustup comes after Obama criticized …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and The Page
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Nunn, Boren back Obama  —  Two former Democratic senators endorsed Barack Obama today, adding their foreign policy and national security gravitas to his candidacy.  —  Sam Nunn of Georgia and David Boren of Oklahoma, both from the Democratic Party's conservative wing, will serve as advisers …
Discussion: Wonkette and Political Machine
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Sam Nunn lines up behind Barack Obama
Discussion: Donklephant
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 …
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
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: Gawker, The Other McCain and Dlisted
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Spencer / Attackerman:
I Wanna See Some Of History  —  Matt Yglesias reads …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Mukasey dishonesty update
Discussion: The Raw Story
Aliza Shvarts / Yale Daily News:
Shvarts explains her ‘repeated self-induced miscarriages’
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Publius / Obsidian Wings:
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (Slight Return)
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
Eric / Classical Values:
MORAL RELATIVISM?  —  From the Wiki entry for Osama bin Laden's father:
Discussion: protein wisdom
Matt / Think Progress:
Specter: ‘Retroactive immunity is exactly wrong.’
Marc Ambinder:
THK's Tax Returns And McCain
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Pennsylvania expectations
Discussion: The New Republic
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The art that was obviously a hoax was a hoax.
Megan McArdle:
Man's Men  —  I don't know that I agree with Mark Kleiman …
Matthew Yglesias:
GOP Doom  —  Here's Ben Schneider's lead from yesterday's Congress Daily:
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Earthquake!  —  I've never — and I'm pretty old …
Washington Post:
Public's View of Economy Takes Fast Turn Downward
The Huffington Post:
Joe Scarborough Walks Off MSNBC's “Race To The White House” …