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5:00 PM ET, April 18, 2008


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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 …
Discussion: The Swamp, The Caucus, MSNBC 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.
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.
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
Joe Klein / Swampland:
It's Getting Close to Over
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   PILING ON....Ezra Klein on bittergate: … This really threw me for a loop too.
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 …
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 …
Transcript: Obama and Clinton Debate
Discussion: Associated Press and
Sam Graham-Felsen /
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.
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Nunn, Boren back Obama
Discussion: Wonkette and Political Machine
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Sam Nunn lines up behind Barack Obama
Discussion: Donklephant
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 …
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 …
John McCain / CNN:
McCain camp calls Obama ‘recklessly dishonest’
Discussion: FOX Embeds and Real Clear Politics
Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
McCain Campaign Shifts into General Election Mode
Discussion: The Fix
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 …
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: Firedoglake and 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: The Other McCain, Dlisted and Gawker
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
UPDATED: ‘Washington Post’ Staffer Fired for Profane Sports Blogging
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
The First 21st-Century Campaign
Spencer / Attackerman:
I Wanna See Some Of History  —  Matt Yglesias reads …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Mukasey dishonesty update
Discussion: The Raw Story
Publius / Obsidian Wings:
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (Slight Return)
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
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
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain reports 2007 income
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Deterring the Undeterrable
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Across Globe, Empty Bellies Bring Rising Anger
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Tax Evasion
Matthew Yglesias:
GOP Doom  —  Here's Ben Schneider's lead from yesterday's Congress Daily:
The Huffington Post:
Joe Scarborough Walks Off MSNBC's “Race To The White House” …