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8:20 AM ET, April 20, 2008

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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.
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Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Clinton camp: Obama was a ‘hypocrite from day one’  —  (CNN) - Hillary Clinton's campaign accused surrogates for Barack Obama of resurrecting her controversial comments over Bosnian sniper fire Saturday.  —  “One of the inherent duties of the president of the United States is to lay a wreath …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA GOES ON OFFENSE ON AIR
Discussion: CBS News, TalkLeft and CANNONFIRE
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 …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Bob Casey: Obama Would Probably Find DC Handgun Bill Constitutional  —  Update: The AP has a new article on Obama's many efforts at gun control.  —  At Wednesday's debate, Barack Obama wouldn't say what his position is on the DC law banning handguns.  He dodged, saying he wasn't familiar with the facts of the case.
Discussion: NO QUARTER
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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: JustOneMinute
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 …
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Los Angeles Times:
HBO, after the revolution  —  CURRENT HISTORY: Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney in HBO's “ John Adams.”  The classy miniseries, which has done well, in the ratings, ends its run Sunday.  —  It used to always be the premium of the premiums.  Now the cable pack's catching up.
Larry Eichel / Philly.com:
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.
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton Says Criticisms of Hillary's Healthcare Plan are ‘Bull’  —  ABC News' Sarah Amos reports: Former President Bill Clinton continued on the campaign trail today, with time quickly ticking away before Pennsylvania's presidential primary on Tuesday.  —  Clinton started the day completely focused on his wife's policies.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Corrente
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
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 …
 
 
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