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10:30 AM ET, April 21, 2008


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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.
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.
Reagan Union / Quinnipiac University:
Clinton Leads Obama By 7 Points In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds  —  New York Sen. Hillary Clinton leads Illinois Sen. Barack Obama 51 - 44 percent among Pennsylvania likely Democratic primary voters, compared to 50 - 44 percent last week, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
SUSA PA Poll: Obama Closing Fast, Down 6, Plus Q (Clinton +7) And Suffolk (Clinton +10)  —  The new World's Greatest Pollster now has Obama closing fast in PA, cutting a 14 point deficit to 6.  The SUSA poll shows a 50-44 result (previously it was 54-40.)  —  Details to follow when available …
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Palestinians' backing for terror rises  —  The number of Palestinians who support attacks against Israelis continues to rise and more than half of them favor suicide bombings, according to a poll published this weekend.  —  The survey also showed that Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Karin Laub / Associated Press:
Carter: Hamas is willing to accept Israel as its neighbor  —  JERUSALEM - Former President Carter said Monday that Hamas — the Islamic militant group that has called for the destruction of Israel — is prepared to accept the right of the Jewish state to “live as a neighbor next door in peace.”
Carter outlines Hamas' terms for peace deal  —  JERUSALEM (CNN) — Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that Hamas is prepared to accept peace with Israel if the Palestinians approve any agreement negotiated with Israel.  —  Carter's comments came after controversial meetings Friday …
Michael Moore / Mike's Message:
My Vote's for Obama (if I could vote) Michael Moore  —  I don't get to vote for President this primary season.  I live in Michigan.  The party leaders (both here and in D.C.) couldn't get their act together, and thus our votes will not be counted.  —  So, if you live in Pennsylvania, can you do me a favor?
Joe Klein / Swampland:
But the melody lingers on  —  I've spent the weekend with the Democrats—yesterday with Obama, today with Clinton.  I'll have a lot more to say about the race in my print column this week...but a few quick notes from Pennsylvania:  —  Substance: Both Clinton's and Obama's stump speeches have collapsed into blatant pandering.
New York Times:
Trailing in Pennsylvania, Obama Sharpens Tone  —  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 …
Clinton, Obama on the attack in Pa.
Discussion: Hot Air
Steve Chapman / Chicago Tribune:
About Obama's terrorist acquaintance
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Voices in Her Head  —  Inside Hillaryland's fatal psychodrama.  —  By the time Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle finally packed up her lovely corner office with its fresh blue carpet and mini-fridge full of Diet Coke, her exit must have come as a relief—even to many of her friends on Team Hillary.
Clinton Needs Record Margins, Turnout to Catch Obama  —  To overtake Barack Obama in the nationwide popular vote, Hillary Clinton needs a bigger win in tomorrow's Pennsylvania primary than she has had in any major contest so far.  And that's just for starters.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Bill Clinton's Golden Oldies act
Discussion: MSNBC
William Kristol / New York Times:
Exodus Exegesis  —  Every presidential campaign has to produce a stream of appropriate statements for religious holidays, patriotic commemorations, and the like.  Campaigns don't expect to win votes with these messages.  They produce them because there's a risk of giving offense to some group or other if they don't.
Byline / MSNBC:
New Yorker: Philadelphia debate - Bitter Patter  —  There were clues from the start of new benchmarks of degradation  —  THE TALK OF THE TOWN  —  Last Wednesday's two-hour televised smackdown in Philadelphia between the two remaining Democratic candidates for President …
Discussion: Hot Air
John Engler / Wall Street Journal:
What Nafta Trade Deficit?  —  It is amazing how some presidential candidates are blaming the North American Free Trade Agreement for U.S. job losses.  They seem to believe that a substantial part of the three million manufacturing jobs lost since 2000 resulted from Nafta …
Discussion: Hot Air and TigerHawk
Howard LaFranchi / Christian Science Monitor:
RICE SEES IRAQI UNITY EMERGING IN BATTLE AGAINST SADR  —  Secretary of State Rice arrived in Baghdad on Sunday as Iraqi, US, and British forces continued to clash with the Mahdi Army. … Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced visit to Baghdad Sunday as Iraq continued …
City Journal:
Free People Are Happy People  —  The earliest American definition of liberty—stated frequently by the Founding Fathers—is about constraints on personal actions: if I don't hurt anybody else, I should be free to pursue my own will.  As Thomas Jefferson put it in his first inaugural address …
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Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
In Lean Times, Biotech Grains Are Less Taboo
Discussion: The Seminal
Nora Ephron / The Huffington Post:
White Men  —  Here's another thing I don't like about this primary …
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Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:
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John Derbyshire / The Corner:
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Discussion: alicublog
Alan Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
The Euston moment
Discussion: davidthompson
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Party Chiefs Plan Push To Avoid Long Fight