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6:40 PM ET, April 20, 2008


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Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
NEW PA. POLL HAS CLINTON HOLDING LEAD  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  A new MSNBC/McClatchy/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette poll of Pennsylvania indicates things are staying fairly competitive in the Pennsylvania Dem primary.  —  The poll of 625 likely Dem primary voters was conducted Thursday …
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Clinton margin in Pa. won't cut Obama's delegate lead
Discussion: and TalkLeft
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
In Pa., late deciders could lift Clinton
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Obama & Clinton in Full ‘Outrage’ Mode
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:   ‘Underdog’ Obama would call single-digit Pa. loss a victory
Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
McCain: A Question of Temperament  —  John McCain cupped a fist and began pumping it, up and down, along the side of his body.  It was a gesture familiar to a participant in the closed-door meeting of the Senate committee who hoped that it merely signaled, as it sometimes had in the past …
Obama: Can't ‘Swift Boat’ Me  —  Charles Ommanney / Getty Images for Newsweek  —  Seeing Ghosts: Obama's ties to Ayers and Auchi are distant, but his foes plan to pounce  —  The Obama campaign is planning to expand its research and rapid-response team in order to repel attacks it anticipates …
The Huffington Post:
Debate Analysis: ABC Asked Most Scandal Questions, Obama Was Clear Target  —  The furor over ABC's Democratic debate last week was not universally shared.  —  While Obama supporters (and many media critics) decried what they saw as biased, gotcha-style questioning, a vocal minority (mostly Clinton supporters) was unmoved.
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds Slight 47% to 45% Advantage  —  First time in days that Obama's Democratic bid has gained supporters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The peeling away of national Democratic support for Barack Obama seen this past week may have run its course.
Austin Hill /
Obama, Clinton And Capitalism: It's Okay For Them, But Nobody Else  —  Remember Chico Escuela?  —  He was a character created by Actor Garrett Morris on the “Saturday Night Live” TV show, back in the 1970's.  Morris became famous for uttering these simple words in broken-English …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Notice Anything?  John McCain doesn't wear an American flag pin on THIS WEEK  —  Let's call Nash McCabe.  I don't see a single lapel pin between them, do you?  —  Spotlight  —  No Trackbacks To “Notice Anything?  John McCain doesn't wear an American flag pin on THIS WEEK”
Karl / protein wisdom:
Fear and Loathing at the Los Angeles Times  —  With the Iraqi Army defeating Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army in Basra, the L.A. Times has moved on to tell its readers how terrible things might get in Najaf.  Buried in the middle of the piece, however, is a bit about the battle for Basra:
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Major revelation: U.S. media deceitfully disseminates government propaganda  —  (updated below)  —  This morning's “blockbuster” New York Times article by David Barstow, documenting the Pentagon and U.S. media's joint use of pre-programmed “military analysts” who posed as objective experts …
In Pennsylvania's Democrat primary for president: Vote for Clinton  —  For decades, the two major parties have chosen their presidential candidates long before Pennsylvania holds its primary.  —  Not this year.  —  Ron Paul's maverick candidacy aside, Republicans have settled on John McCain, whom we previously endorsed.
Discussion: TPMCafe and MSNBC
Grand Old Partisan:
Republicans outlawed the Ku Klux Klan  —  For decades after the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist wing of the Democratic Party.  Klansmen murdered hundreds of Republican activists and office-holders, including U.S. Representative James Hinds (R-Arkansas).
Discussion: The Corner
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Undecided superdelegates don't feel bound by primaries  —  WASHINGTON - Many of the Democratic superdelegates who are still undecided say the most important factor in their decision is simple — they just want a winner in November.  —  Problem is, after nearly four months of primaries …
Rukmini Callimachi / Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: Islamic schools lure African boys into begging  —  DAKAR, Senegal - On the day he decided to run away, 9-year-old Coli awoke on a filthy mat.  —  Like a pup, he lay curled against the cold, pressed between dozens of other children sleeping head-to-toe on the concrete floor.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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Bill W. / Crooks and Liars:
MSNBC's Contessa Brewer Helps Spread False Rumor That Obama Gave ‘the Finger’
Discussion: MyDD
Josh Drobnyk / Morning Call:
Pennsylvania's primary quirk
Discussion: The Swamp
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Facing Obama Fund-Raising Juggernaut, Clinton Seeks New Sources of Cash
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and The Page
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Gore-Lieberman: A Hyphen Apart? Try Poles
David Pierson / Los Angeles Times:
Protesters target CNN after Jack Cafferty's remarks on China
Ali / Think Progress:
Rove Watch Clock: It's Been 75 Days Since Fox Has Failed To …
John J. Miller / The Corner:
April Showers in DC
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New York Times:
Chinese Urge Anti-West Boycott Over Tibet Stance
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Brush It Off
Atrios / Eschaton:
Electability  —  One place I decided to try to avoid …
Discussion: TalkLeft
J.R. Michael / New York Post:
See-Dubya /
An interesting endorsement for Obama
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
The Wage That Meant Middle Class
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The Wealth Trajectory: Rewards for the Few
Los Angeles Times:
HBO, after the revolution  —  CURRENT HISTORY: Paul Giamatti …