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10:30 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.
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 …
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 …
Michael James / Political Radar:
Obama Campaign Revives Attack Over Clinton's ‘Bosnia’ Account
Discussion: Political Machine
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: CBS News, TalkLeft and CANNONFIRE
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 …
Discussion: Donklephant
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Clinton margin in Pa. won't cut Obama's delegate lead  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton leads among bowlers, gun owners and hunters in Pennsylvania, a blue-collar trifecta that is helping her hold an edge over rival Barack Obama heading into Tuesday's pivotal primary there.
Newsmax/Zogby Poll: The Pennsylvania Race Remains Tight  —  UTICA, New York—New York's Hillary Clinton remains barely ahead of rival Barack Obama of Illinois leading up to Tuesday's presidential primary in Pennsylvania, a new Newsmax/Zogby daily tracking poll shows.
David Barstow / New York Times:
Behind Military Analysts, the 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 …
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
The Wealth Trajectory: Rewards for the Few  —  IF there is one thing about the United States economy in recent years that is beyond dispute, it is this: It's a great time to be rich.  —  Yes, I know, being rich has never exactly been a downer.  But today it is all the more sweet.
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.
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
Kenneth P. Vogel / Yahoo! News:
Obama linked to gun control efforts
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Althouse and
Larry Eichel /
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.
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Frank Rich / Washington Post:
Shoddy! Tawdry! A Televised Train Wreck!
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Althouse
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton Says Criticisms of Hillary's Healthcare Plan are ‘Bull’
Discussion: TalkLeft and Corrente
New York Times:
Pope Speaks Up for Immigrants, Touching a Nerve
New York Times:
U.S. Commanders Seek to Widen Pakistan Attacks
Associated Press:
13 soldiers hurt in Kerem Shalom attack
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Media Matters for America:
MSNBC, flip out over purported “flip-off”
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Washington Wire:
New McCain Fund Gets Around Donation Limits
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Road Map to Defeat