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3:25 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 …
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.
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
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: Lonewacko
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton's Goal: Win Big in Pennsylvania, Sow Doubts Over Obama
Discussion: PSoTD and The Page
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%.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Spencer Ackerman / The Nation:
Journalists Slam ABC Debate Tactics
Discussion: The Nation and Attackerman
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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PILING ON....Ezra Klein on bittergate: … This really threw me for a loop too.  Why did the Clinton campaign do this, and do it so clumsily?  The media was doing all their work for them, and if they'd taken the high road ("We should be talking about how to help working Americans …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Marc Ambinder:
THK's Tax Returns And McCain  —  A senior aide to John Kerry, confirms that Teresa Heinz Kerry released the first two pages of her 1040 form for 2003.  (See them here.)  The other McCain campaign explanation, then, is operative: that the campaign will not release information about Cindy McCain …
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.
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 …
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, Gawker 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
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 …
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
Iwo Jima Veterans Blast Time's ‘Special Environmental Issue’ Cover  —  Time editor tells MSNBC ‘there needs to be a real effort along the lines of World War II to combat global warming and climate change.’  —  Business & Media Institute  —  For only the second time in 85 years …
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Publius / Obsidian Wings:
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Matt / Think Progress:
Specter: ‘Retroactive immunity is exactly wrong.’
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Pennsylvania expectations
Discussion: The New Republic
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Nunn, Boren back Obama
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The art that was obviously a hoax was a hoax.
Matt / Think Progress:
Rove's Lawyer Backtracks On Testimony Promise, Hints Rove …
Daily Mail:
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Michelle Malkin:
Open borders and the Catholic elite
Megan McArdle:
Man's Men  —  I don't know that I agree with Mark Kleiman …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Earthquake!  —  I've never — and I'm pretty old …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Clinton: Obama's 'walk away" mentality
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
The Dean 25 could decide Clinton's fate
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Clinging to a Stereotype  —  Will Barack Obama's now famous …
The Huffington Post:
Joe Scarborough Walks Off MSNBC's “Race To The White House” …