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12:40 AM ET, April 20, 2008


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David Barstow / New York Times:
Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon's Hidden Hand  —  In the summer of 2005, the Bush administration confronted a fresh wave of criticism over Guantánamo Bay.  The detention center had just been branded “the gulag of our times” by Amnesty International, there were new allegations of abuse …
Gallup Daily: Clinton 46%, Obama 45%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows that Hillary Clinton now receives 46% of the support of Democrats nationally, compared to 45% for Barack Obama, marking the first time Obama has not led in Gallup's daily tracking since March 18-20.
Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Backer Distributes Essay On How GOP Would Link Obama To '70s Radicals  —  A high-ranking labor supporter of Hillary Clinton is distributing to union leaders and to Democratic strategists a document detailing the radical activities of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The new Dem meme: What Will Karl Do?
Discussion: Liberal Values
John Dickerson / Slate:
RIDING THE RAILS WITH SEN. OBAMA IN PENNSYLVANIA.  —  DOWNINGTON, Pa.— At the next train stop, I'm going to stand behind Senator Obama when he speaks.  When he's decrying the trivial distractions in politics, I think he may be crossing his fingers behind his back.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Michael James / Political Radar:
Obama Campaign Revives Attack Over Clinton's ‘Bosnia’ Account  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller and Kate Snow report: Sen. Barack Obama's campaign has reinvigorated its attack against Sen. Hillary Clinton, today rolling out three Bosnian war veterans to make the case that Clinton was dishonorable …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
CLINTON CAMP'S PA ROBOCALL ATTACKS  —  From NBC's Lauren Appelbaum  —  HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. — The Clinton campaign is using robocalls to tell Pennsylvanians Obama is not the candidate for them.  In less than 24 hours, voters living in Lower Moreland Township of Montgomery County received three calls …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Clinton camp: Obama was a ‘hypocrite from day one’
Discussion: TPM Election Central
New York Times:
Iraqi Army Seizes Basra From Militia as Cleric Threatens New Uprising  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqi soldiers took control of the last bastions of the cleric Moktada al-Sadr's militia in Basra on Saturday, and Iran's ambassador to Baghdad strongly endorsed the Iraqi government's monthlong military operation against the fighters.
Caitlin Moran / Times of London:
British guns pound Basra  —  IRAQI forces backed by British troops and artillery seized the main stronghold of the radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the southern port city of Basra yesterday.  —  The operation, which also involved RAF and American aircraft, forced the cleric's Mahdi army militants …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Associated Press:   Al-Sadr Threatens Uprising in Iraq if Crackdown Continues
Tina Susman / Los Angeles Times:   Iraqi troops launch offensive in Basra
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Clintons Sort Friends: Past and Present  —  WASHINGTON — Nancy Larson's most difficult conversation was, by far, the one with Chelsea Clinton.  —  “It was just heartbreaking,” said Mrs. Larson, a Democratic National Committee member from Minnesota and more to the point …
Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
Trigger Happy  —  In words that he has come to regret, Barack Obama opined as to why he was having a hard time winning over many blue-collar voters: “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or antitrade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
New York Times:
U.S. Commanders Seeking to Widen Pakistan Attacks  —  WASHINGTON — American commanders in Afghanistan have in recent months urged a widening of the war that could include American attacks on indigenous Pakistani militants in the tribal areas inside Pakistan, according to United States officials.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Pat Dollard
Kenneth P. Vogel / Yahoo! News:
Obama linked to gun control efforts  —  Barack Obama's presidential campaign has worked to assure uneasy gun owners that he believes the Constitution protects their rights and that he doesn't want to take away their guns.  —  But before he became a national political figure …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Larry Eichel /
Obama pushes across Pa.  —  He ended the day urging thousands in Phila. to send a message Tuesday.  —  Sen. Barack Obama launched his closing Pennsylvania blitz yesterday by traveling from one corner of the state to the other, starting in Erie and closing with a massive outdoor rally on the streets of Philadelphia.
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
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Guns and God? Hell, yes
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