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6:10 PM ET, April 19, 2008


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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.
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 …
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
Chris Fusco / Chicago Sun Times:
Ayers' brother charges Clinton camp with ‘McCarthyism’
Discussion: Wizbang Blue and Los Angeles Times
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
The Rules Change for Obama
Cernig /
Sadr Gives Maliki Last Warning On Ceasefire (Updated)  —  Just breaking is the news that Muqtada al-Sadr has threatened to end his movement's ceasefire, unless the Maliki government and US military end their crackdown, in a statement posted to his website.
Discussion: Reuters and Hot Air
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:   Anti-US cleric al-Sadr threatens new uprising in Iraq
New York Times:
Iraqi Army Seizes Basra From Militia as Cleric Threatens New Uprising
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tina Susman / Los Angeles Times:
Iraqi troops launch offensive in Basra
Sholnn Freeman / Washington Post:
Iraqi, U.S. Forces Put Pressure on Mahdi Army
Discussion: Attackerman
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.
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.”
Associated Press:
Clinton, Obama press for advantage ahead of pivotal primary  —  Obama accuses Clinton of ‘slash and burn’ tactics ahead of pivotal Pennsylvania primary  —  Barack Obama cast his Democratic presidential rival Saturday as a game-player who uses “slash and burn” tactics and will say whatever people …
New York Times:
Obama and Clinton Crisscross Pennsylvania
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Wayne Dolcefino / KTRK-TV:
Sex for diploma offer caught on tape  —  HOUSTON (KTRK) — The founder of a Christian school is confronted after 13 Undercover catches him soliciting sex from a parent, who's trying to get her daughter a high school diploma.  —  At graduation ceremonies he talks about God …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Road Map to Defeat  —  The Democrats are doing everything they can to blow this presidential election.  This is a skill that comes naturally to the party.  There is no such thing as a can't-miss year for the Democrats.  They are truly gifted at finding ways to lose.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Prairie Weather
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
For Clintons, a Time to Find Truest Friends  —  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 …
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Daily Kos
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 …
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Guns and God?  Hell, yes  —  Obama attacks two of the things that elevate the U.S. above places like Europe  —  Our lesson today comes from the songwriter Frank Loesser:  —  “Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition.”  —  Or as Barack Obama and his San Francisco pals would put it: God and guns.
Brad / Think Progress:
McCain: ‘A lot of our problems today are psychological.’  —  This week on Fox News, Neil Cavuto asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) about the worth of rescinding an 18-cent gas tax as prices at the pump escalate this summer.  McCain responded that “a lot of our problems today” are “psychological” — even the “ability to keep our own home”:
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.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Fat Bush Theory  —  George W. Bush says we're on track to meet the nation's goals for curbing global warming.  —  I see some hands waving out there.  Didn't know we had any goals for curbing global warming?  Where were you in 2002 when the president put us on the road toward reducing …
Discussion: Gristmill and Connecting.the.Dots
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Washington Wire:
New McCain Fund Gets Around Donation Limits
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Robert Pear / New York Times:
President Is Rebuffed on Program for Children
Discussion: Daily Kos and Feministe
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Popular Will  —  Conservatives perfect working-class p.c.
John McCain / CNN:
McCain camp says Hamas wants Obama
Arthur St. Antoine / Motor Trend Blog:
Is The Earth Producing MORE Oil?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Ken Pollack: Al Qaeda is a great “catch-all” term
 Earlier Items: 
Meghan Daum / Los Angeles Times:
Still with stupid?
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Perry Bacon Jr / The Trail:
On the Gay Bar Circuit with Chelsea and the Gov.
Dave Demerjian / Autopia:
Bad, Bad Idea: The Anti-Hijacking Safety Bracelet
Donald Macintyre / The Independent:
Our reign of terror, by the Israeli army
Karl / protein wisdom:
Guilt-ridden HuffPo atoning for sins against the Obamessiah?
Celia W. Dugger / New York Times:
Zimbabwe Arms Shipped by China Spark an Uproar
Discussion: Hot Air and abu muqawama