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5:10 PM ET, April 21, 2008


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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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DRUDGE?  —  There's a very odd splash headline that Drudge is running claiming that Sen. Clinton's internals show her with an 11 point lead in the state.  Now, Sen. Clinton's campaign has taken some heat during the campaign for opening lines of communications with Drudge and even giving him some exclusives.
Kbolton / North Carolina Democratic Party:
North Carolina Democratic Presidential Debate CANCELLED  —  We regret to inform you that the proposed Democratic Presidential Debate scheduled for April 27 has been cancelled due to time constraints and logistical issues associated with such a large, national event.
Mike Allen / Associated Press:
Brawl for a bag of maize - Obama says McCain isn't Bush - Jenna and Mrs. Bush have a new book  —  BREAKING NEWS 1: MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice challenged Arab states to answer security improvements and political advances in Iraq, saying there are few excuses left for delay.
Discussion: QandO and FishBowlDC
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 …
Kathy G. / The G Spot:   Breaking news: hell hath frozen over
Chris Suellentrop / The Opinionator:
Frank Talk on Relative Equality
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%.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Dem voter surge could cut Clinton margin  —  An historic spike in Democratic voter registrations in Pennsylvania could help Barack Obama cut into Hillary Clinton's vote in Tuesday's primary, robbing her of the big victory margin she needs to justify continuing the primary fight.
The Hill:
McCain: Elizabeth Edwards claim ‘a cheap shot’  —  During a somewhat testy interview with George Stephanopoulos, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that Elizabeth Edwards took a “cheap shot” at him by claiming that the presidential candidate had government healthcare his whole life.
Rick Santorum /
The Elephant in the Room: Why conservatives should support McCain  —  Anyone who knows me knows that I don't shy away from offering my two-cents on the issues of the day, particularly in presidential races.  And anyone who has heard me talk about the presidential race over the last few months knows …
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
McCain pressed on ‘Islamic’ terror label
Discussion: Think Progress and The Jawa Report
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.
Mary Katharine Ham / TownHall Blog:
Seriously?  —  She's lucky Obama's so obviously elitist or this might come across as clumsy and forced.  Errr...Anyway, without further ado, Hillary's planned appeal to the viewers of Monday Night Raw.  All the candidates will be making a statement.  I do appreciate the reference to the “people's elbow,” but who picked the name?
Discussion: Hot Air
CNN:   Candidates to appear on Monday Night Raw
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 …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE AD NONSENSE....Are the pro-Obama forces seriously trying to get their troops outraged over this latest ad from Hillary Clinton?  Just because it contains a ten-second sequence of presidential crises (Depression, Pearl Harbor, gas crisis, Katrina, etc.) and flashes a half-second clip of Osama bin Laden as part of it?
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Little Increase in Americans' Global Warming Worries  —  Public just can't seem to get worked up about it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — While 61% of Americans say the effects of global warming have already begun, just a little more than a third say they worry about it a great deal …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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Tony Snow to CNN?
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Ron Paul is still in race and attacking McCain!
Discussion: Eschaton and Truthdig
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It's the turnout, stupid! [UPDATED]
 Earlier Items: 
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
“I KNEW NOBODY WHO OWNED A GUN”: I've often heard this line …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Rendell Praises Farrakhan
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ross Douthat:
In Defense of the Freak Show
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
A Tale of Clintonian Spin: Trying to Blow Past the Weathermen Question
Discussion: Media Blog and SteveAudio
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
The Media's Man  —  Journalists flay ABC for failing to coddle Obama.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and GayPatriot
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Running Out of Planet to Exploit
Obama and Google's Mutual Adviser: Jesus is gay, wears a diaper, and gets run over

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Sam Tobin / Reuters:
UK court documents: actor Hugh Grant settled a lawsuit against The Sun publisher News Group Newspapers over claims of using private investigators to phone tap

Hadas Gold / CNN:
The News/Media Alliance asks the DOJ, the FTC, and California's AG for a probe into whether Google broke any laws when removing some links to CA news sites

Megan Specia / New York Times:
The US assures the UK that Julian Assange could seek US First Amendment protections and wouldn't face the death penalty or be persecuted for his nationality

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