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7:25 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.
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?  —  We could see this coming for months, and the results should be delicious.  Huffington Post writer Tom Edsall reveals that a union has developed an extensive and detailed attack on Barack Obama's connection with William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn …
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Cernig /
Sadr Gives Maliki Last Warning On Ceasefire (Updated)
Discussion: Reuters and Hot Air
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:   Anti-US cleric al-Sadr threatens new uprising in Iraq
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
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA GOES ON OFFENSE ON AIR  —  From NBC/NJ's Aswini Anburajan  —  The Obama campaign is up with two new ads in Pennsylvania, starting today, one of which accuses Clinton of introducing a health-care plan that forces individuals to purchase insurance “even if they can't afford it.”
Discussion: CBS News and 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 …
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 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.
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 …
Discussion: Blog entry and Daily Kos
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, Daily Kos and The Page
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.
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 …
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”:
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New York Times:
Obama and Clinton Crisscross Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Swamp and Booman Tribune
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Fat Bush Theory
Washington Wire:
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Associated Press:
Clinton, Obama press for advantage ahead of pivotal primary
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Guns and God? Hell, yes
Robert Pear / New York Times:
President Is Rebuffed on Program for Children
Discussion: Daily Kos and Feministe
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John McCain / CNN:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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Perry Bacon Jr / The Trail:
On the Gay Bar Circuit with Chelsea and the Gov.
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Donald Macintyre / The Independent:
Our reign of terror, by the Israeli army
Jules Crittenden:
April Morning  —  Patriots Day may be the least known American holiday …