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3:18 AM ET, April 21, 2008

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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Obama says McCain would be better than Bush  —  READING, Pa. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Sunday that Republican rival John McCain would be better for the country than President Bush has been over the past eight years.  —  “You have a real choice in this election.
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John McCain / CNN:
Obama's patriotic, but his Ayers ties are ‘open to question’  —  (CNN) - John McCain waded into the controversy over Barack Obama's ties to Weather Underground founder William Ayers Sunday, telling an interviewer that the Illinois senator's relationship with the activist was “open to question …
Ali / Think Progress:
Rove Watch Clock: It's Been 75 Days Since Fox Has Failed To …
Associated Press:
Secretary of State Rice Mocks Muslim Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as a Coward  —  BAGHDAD — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mocked anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as a coward on Sunday, hours after the radical leader threatened to declare war unless U.S. and Iraqi forces end a military crackdown on his followers.
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Spencer / Attackerman:
In A World Of Chaos, You'll Be The First To Go  —  This Los Angeles Times story suggests that Najaf is the new Basra: multifaceted chaos, scheming, violence and mutual suspicion.  The Najafi clerics who've always hated and resented Sadr appear to be attempting a push.  And it'll probably backfire!
New York Times:
Trailing in Pennsylvania, Obama's Tone Is Sharper  —  READING, Pa. — Senator Barack Obama sharpened his tone against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday as the six-week Pennsylvania primary contest raced to a close, with the rivals marshaling extensive resources in a battle for undecided voters …
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Josh Drobnyk / Morning Call:
Pennsylvania's primary quirk
Discussion: The Swamp and Buck Naked Politics
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:   Undecided superdelegates don't feel bound by primaries
Zogby:
Newsmax/Zogby Poll: Clinton Edge Continues to Expand in PA  —  UTICA, New York—The final weekend before tomorrow's important primary election in Pennsylvania was good for New York's Hillary Clinton, as she made a definitive move toward victory over rival Illinois' Barack Obama, a fresh Newsmax/Zogby daily telephone tracking poll shows.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
This Week: Bringing Up McCain's Life-Long, Federally-Provided Health Care Is “A Cheap Shot”  —  Wow.  George Stephanopoulos actually listened to us and asked John McCain some pretty tough questions today on This Week.  Who knew that George read teh blogs?  McCain's body language …
Discussion: TBogg
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.
WBBM-TV:
Bloody Weekend: 32 Shot, 2 Stabbed, 6 Dead  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― A violent and deadly weekend continues in Chicago.  At least 12 people have been shot, two of them killed, since Saturday morning.  Two others were stabbed in a home invasion.  This comes after at least 20 people were shot …
Discussion: Rachel Lucas
The Nation:
Pentagon Pimps  —  If you thought the US media had hit a new low with last week's ABC Debate Debacle, read Sunday's New York Times's 10,000 (plus) word cover story, “Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon's Hidden Hand.”  —  Using 8000 pages of e-mail messages, transcripts and records …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
Neo-Nazis Clash With Protesters  —  3 Arrested as White Supremacist Group Marches on Capitol  —  A march by a busload of neo-Nazi activists on Constitution Avenue yesterday wreaked havoc on a balmy afternoon in the capital, bringing traffic to a halt, filling the streets with hundreds …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and SteveAudio
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
States Look to Tobacco Tax for Budget Holes  —  To keep the state's landmark universal health coverage plan afloat, Massachusetts lawmakers are looking to tap an increasingly popular source of financing for health-related initiatives: tobacco taxes.  —  If the state raises its tax …
Discussion: Democracy Project
Newsweek:
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 …
 
 
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HillaryClinton.com:
Hillary Clinton Responds to New Attack Ad Released Today by the Obama Campaign
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama linked to gun control efforts
Armed Liberal / Winds of Change.NET:
So How Do We Fight An Information War?
Matthew Yglesias:
Everyone an Anti-Semite  —  For reasons I can't quite comprehend …
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain Embraces ‘Cocktail-Napkin Economics,’ …
Discussion: Cogitamus
Jad Mouawad / New York Times:
The Big Thirst  —  Oil prices rose above $116 a barrel last week …
Discussion: The New Republic
Bill W. / Crooks and Liars:
MSNBC's Contessa Brewer Helps Spread False Rumor That Obama Gave ‘the Finger’
Discussion: MyDD and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
PittsburghLIVE.com:
In Pennsylvania's Democrat primary for president: Vote for Clinton
Discussion: TPMCafe, MSNBC and the talking dog
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Gore-Lieberman: A Hyphen Apart? Try Poles
Austin Hill / Townhall.com:
Obama, Clinton And Capitalism: It's Okay For Them, But Nobody Else
Grand Old Partisan:
Republicans outlawed the Ku Klux Klan
Discussion: The Corner
David Pierson / Los Angeles Times:
Protesters target CNN after Jack Cafferty's remarks on China
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Notice Anything?  John McCain doesn't wear an American flag pin on THIS WEEK