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10:45 AM ET, April 19, 2008


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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 …
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.
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: 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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Althouse and JammieWearingFool
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
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.
Marc Ambinder:
Philly Ignites For Obama  —  PHILADELPHIA — It wasn't so much that Barack Obama had real fight in him tonight, or that more people attended his rally in front of Independence Hall than any other event since he announced his candidacy.  It was the spontaneous demonstration of support that happened when it ended.
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House and The Trail
Brad Jacobson / MediaBloodhound:
The Wounded-Courier (EXCLUSIVE): Transcript of Untelevised Portion of ABC Debate  —  The Wounded-Courier (EXCLUSIVE):  —  Transcript of Untelevised Portion of ABC Debate  —  ABC News' handling of the Democratic debate on Wednesday generated thousands of negative comments from viewers …
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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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.”
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
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
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Killer Video of the Moment: O'Reilly's Fox ‘News’ …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
DNC pores over agencies' records for dirt on McCain
Why Democrats Rule the Web
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Campaign Hook-Ups  —  The seemingly endless presidential campaign …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Wonkette
Ronald Brownstein / MSNBC:
Obama's not in Kansas anymore
Discussion: Hot Air