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11:45 AM ET, April 19, 2008


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The Politico:
Obama's secret weapon: the media  —  My, oh my, but weren't those fellows from ABC News rude to Barack Obama at this week's presidential debate.  —  Nothing but petty, process-oriented questions, asked in a prosecutorial tone, about the Democratic front-runner's personal associations and his electablity.
Celeste Fremon / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Slams Democratic Activists At Private Fundraiser  —  At a small closed-door fundraiser after Super Tuesday, Sen. Hillary Clinton blamed what she called the “activist base” of the Democratic Party — and in particular — for many of her electoral defeats, saying activists had …
Karl / protein wisdom:
Guilt-ridden HuffPo atoning for sins against the Obamessiah?  —  The Huffington Post carries a piece from Celeste Fremon about what Hillary Clinton says in secret: … The HuffPo also has a companion post by Jane Hamsher, headlined “Hillary Clinton Slams MoveOn With Karl Rove's Lies,” …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton scorns the base
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Hillary Clinton Attacks MoveOn
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and The Garlic
Jules Crittenden:
April Morning  —  Patriots Day may be the least known American holiday, and the day most deserving of our recognition.  Observed in Massachusetts and Maine only.  Don't know it?  It marks the day, April 19, 1775, on which Americans took up arms against their king, and bled, at the crack of terrible dawn.
Newsmax/Zogby Poll: Clinton Builds Lead by Inches in PA  —  UTICA, New York—Inch by inch, New York's Hillary Clinton is building a lead over rival Barack Obama of Illinois leading up to Tuesday's presidential primary in Pennsylvania, a key late contest on the road to determine who will win …
Discussion: TalkLeft
New York Post:
KINKY NEWS NETWORK  —  CNN'S QUEST A VERY ‘KNOTTY’ BOY  —  This is CNN?  Kinky!  —  CNN personality Richard Quest was busted in Central Park early yesterday with some drugs in his pocket, a rope around his neck that was tied to his genitals, and a sex toy in his boot, law-enforcement sources said.
See-Dubya /
Here's a better analogy for Bill Ayers than Tom Coburn: Eric Rudolph.  —  The LA Times is doing its best to help Barack Obama sweep Bill Ayers under the rug.  And now Bill Ayers' brother has entered the fray, accusing Hillary Clinton of McCarthyism.  Excellent.  —  See, this ain't going away.
New York Times:
McCain, Iraq War and the Threat of ‘Al Qaeda’  —  As he campaigns with the weight of a deeply unpopular war on his shoulders, Senator John McCain of Arizona frequently uses the shorthand “Al Qaeda” to describe the enemy in Iraq in pressing to stay the course in the war there.
Discussion: Salon, Hot Air, American Power and The RBC
Celia W. Dugger / New York Times:
Zimbabwe Arms Shipped by China Spark an Uproar  —  JOHANNESBURG — A Chinese ship loaded with armaments for Zimbabwe steamed into the port of Durban this week and set off a political firefight, putting newfound pressure on South Africa — and now China — to reduce support for Zimbabwe's government …
Discussion: Hot Air and abu muqawama
Donald Macintyre / The Independent:
Our reign of terror, by the Israeli army  —  In shocking testimonies that reveal abductions, beatings and torture, Israeli soldiers confess the horror they have visited on Hebron … The dark-haired 22-year-old in black T-shirt, blue jeans and red Crocs is understandably hesitant as he sits …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Explaining Michigan and Florida  —  In my previous post today, I argued that Michigan would be seated at the convention with a pledged delegate breakdown of Clinton 73 and Obama 55, while Florida will be seated at the convention with a pledged delegate breakdown of Clinton 105, Obama 67, and Edwards 13.
Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
Internal Justice Dept. Investigation Includes Yoo Torture Memo  —  Just how bad were John Yoo's now-infamous torture memos?  —  After numerous calls from Congress for the DoJ to get digging, the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility told Congress in February …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and The RBC
Hindrocket / Power Line:
KARL ROVE RESPONDS  —  We wrote here about 60 Minutes' disgraceful hit-job on Karl Rove, in which the program accused Rove of masterminding the criminal prosecution of an Alabama politician.  The program was based entirely on wild and uncorroborated claims of a widespread conspiracy …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Ed
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Reihan Salam / The American Scene:
National Journal Online:
Congressional Insiders Poll
Discussion: Donklephant
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Obama spends big to oust Clinton
Discussion: TalkLeft
Howie Klein / Crooks and Liars:
John Cusack will Live Chat on C&L Monday 3PM PST about his new movie “War Inc.”
Marc Ambinder:
Philly Ignites For Obama
Brad Jacobson / MediaBloodhound:
The Wounded-Courier (EXCLUSIVE): Transcript of Untelevised Portion of ABC Debate
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AP's Terror Operative Freed but Not Cleared
Discussion: The Jawa Report
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
A Fred Smith Rally In Wilmington
Matt Stoller / The Huffington Post:
And Al Gore Helps John McCain into the White House
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
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