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8:15 PM ET, April 21, 2008

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Marc Ambinder:
North Carolina Cancels Debate  —  Despite pressure from the governor, from the local media, from their own-state campaign, Barack Obama's advisers refused to accept an invitation to debate in North Carolina because they did not want to give Hillary Clinton any excuse to stay in the race beyond Tuesday …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Canceled: Obama backs out of North Carolina debate
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and MOMocrats
Drudge Report:
CLINTON INTERNALS SHOW 11-POINT LEAD IN PA  —  Controlled excitement is building inside of Clinton's inner circle as closely guarded internal polling shows the former first lady with an 11-point lead in Pennsylvania!  —  Clinton is polling near to nearly 2 to 1 over Obama in many regions of the state …
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Regains Lead Over Clinton, 49% to 42%  —  A sharp reversal of the tightening of the race seen late last week  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Support for Barack Obama's nomination bid has rebounded among national Democratic voters, who now favor him over Hillary Clinton by a seven percentage point margin, 49% to 42%.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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Washington Wire:
Voter Psychology: A Case for an Obama Victory?  —  Jackie Calmes reports on the presidential race.  —  Democratic consultant Tad Devine is unaligned in this year's presidential contest, but as a veteran of six of his party's past nominating battles, he's had time to hone his instincts about voters.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com
CNN:
Candidates to appear on Monday Night Raw  —  (CNN) - The road to the White House apparently runs through WWE Monday Night Raw.  —  All three presidential candidates are scheduled to make taped appearances on tonight's episode, hoping to tap into the show's approximately 5 million weekly viewers.
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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Wonk Room:
Elizabeth Edwards On Health Care: ‘This Is Not A Cheap Shot; It Is Potentially Life And Death’  —  Our guest blogger is Elizabeth Edwards, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and wife of former Presidential candidate John Edwards.  —  John McCain accused me of taking a …
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The Hill:
McCain: Elizabeth Edwards claim ‘a cheap shot’
Discussion: Think Progress and Alternate Brain
Thomas Frank / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Touch of Class  —  Allow me to introduce myself.  According to the general clucking of the national punditry, my 2004 book - “What's the Matter With Kansas?”  - is supposed to have persuaded Barack Obama to describe the yeomanry of Pennsylvania as “bitter” people who …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Rendell And Farrakhan  —  One thought that this video inevitably raises: what if Obama had ever said such a thing or been to such an event?  Given what we know now about this campaign, would it not be the conventional wisdom that it would be the end of his candidacy?
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Rendell Praises Farrakhan
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
CNN:
Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow joins CNN  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former White House press secretary Tony Snow will join CNN as a conservative commentator beginning Monday.  —  CNN president Jon Klein announced that Snow, a long-time political observer with a longstanding news background …
Discussion: Cogitamus
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Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:   Tony Snow to CNN?
John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
Obama: 'Why can't I just eat my waffle?'  —  SCRANTON, Pa. - As Sen. Hillary Clinton was preparing to campaign here today, Sen. Barack Obama was meeting with voters at a diner and apparently pretty hungry.  —  “Why can't I just eat my waffle?” he said, when asked a foreign policy question by a reporter at the Glider Diner.
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Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Lemme Eat My Waffle
Discussion: The Page and Washington Monthly
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Bob Kerrey defends McCain on temper  —  Former Sen. Bob Kerrey is taking up for John McCain, disputing a detail of a major story focusing on his former colleague's temper and saying McCain's “anger always has a purpose.”  —  In a comment under my blog post last night noting McCain aide Mark …
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
McCain exits campaign money race  —  John McCain is abandoning any hope of catching the Democrats in fundraising.  —  Based on new financial disclosure reports released Sunday, and interviews with his finance team, the Republican Party's presumptive nominee will instead accept taxpayer money …
Strange Maps:
266 - Where News Breaks  —  As any journalist knows, news has to be about people - they either make it, or are affected by it.  No people, no news.  It therefore stands to reason that heavily populated areas of the US, like California or the Northeast, generate most of the news stories.
Discussion: The New Republic
Ed O'Keefe / The Trail:
Bill Clinton Defends Hillary's Campaign  —  Note: Please upgrade your Flash plug-in to view our enhanced content.  —  Campaigning with his wife in Pittsburgh's Market Square, Bill Clinton defends his wife against charges she should leave the race.  (Video: Ed O'Keefe/washingtonpost.com)
Discussion: Open Left and Donklephant
Fox News:
Hamas Leader Vows Not to Recognize Israel After Carter Trumpets Terror Group's Willingness to Be Good ‘Neighbor’  —  JERUSALEM — Just hours after former President Jimmy Carter trumpeted Hamas' agreement to let Israel “live as a neighbor,” the same terrorist leader he met with face-to-face vowed not to recognize the Jewish state.
Ross Douthat:
In Defense of the Freak Show  —  John Harris and Jim Vandehei do a fine job of demolishing one narrative about the Debate That Everyone Hated last week in Philadelphia - namely, the notion that there was something particularly unfair to Barack Obama about the line of questioning the moderators took.
 
 
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain, in Alabama, Courts Black Voters
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Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Obama Goes for the Kill in Pennsylvania, Negatively
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Cheney in NYC  —  Dick Cheney was still in New York this morning …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton: ‘Kitchen’  —  Clinton's closing spot stresses the gravity …
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Mike Allen / Associated Press:
Brawl for a bag of maize …
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A Tale of Clintonian Spin: Trying to Blow Past the Weathermen Question
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE AD NONSENSE....Are the pro-Obama forces seriously trying …
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Little Increase in Americans' Global Warming Worries
Redstate:
Obama and Google's Mutual Adviser: Jesus is gay, wears a diaper, and gets run over
 

 
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