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4:25 PM ET, April 22, 2008

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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
BILL: 'I'M NOT GOING TO PLAY YOUR GAMES'  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli and NBC's Mark Murray  —  At the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh this morning, Bill Clinton took questions from local press after shaking a lot of hands.  NBC/NJ asked him about the WHYY radio interview …
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Fox News:
Bill Clinton Bristles Over Open-Mic Moment  —  Former President Bill Clinton had a testy encounter Tuesday with reporters who questioned his apparently inadvertent and salty open-mic moment following a radio interview in which he accused the Obama campaign of unfairly playing the race card on him.
Discussion: The Swamp
Dan Pohlig / Y-Decide 2008:
President Bill Clinton says the Obama campaign “played the race card” on him  —  “I think that they played the race card on me.  We now know, from memos from the campaign that they planned to do it along.”  - President Bill Clinton.  —  And that's how President Clinton begins his answer …
USA Today:
Disapproval of Bush breaks record  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush has set a record he'd presumably prefer to avoid: the highest disapproval rating of any president in the 70-year history of the Gallup Poll.  —  In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, 28% of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing; 69% disapprove.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
8 Questions About The Pennsylvania Primary
Marc Ambinder:
Why Shouldn't Superdelegates Wait?
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Heavy Turnout in Pa.  —  Pennsylvania is on its way to the record turnout that election officials have been predicting for weeks, according to poll workers from across the state.  —  Election officials were reporting extremely heavy voter activity in many of the state's 67 counties throughout the morning …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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New York Times:
A Developer, His Deals and His Ties to McCain  —  Donald R. Diamond, a wealthy Arizona real estate developer, was racing to snap up a stretch of virgin California coast freed by the closing of an Army base a decade ago when he turned to an old friend, Senator John McCain.
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Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Bob Herbert's educational rant  —  I like to complain about the lack of serious interest in education as much as any semi-literate product of the Tennessee public school system, but the start of Bob Herbert's column today strikes me as excessively snarky. … Yes.  Yes.  Yes.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Michael Scherer / Time:
A Willie Horton Hit on Obama?  —  An old right-wing attack dog has returned with a new target: Barack Obama.  —  Starting Tuesday, a group of conservative activists led by Floyd Brown, author of the famous Willie Horton ad used so effectively against Michael Dukakis in 1988 …
Discussion: Salon and Hot Air
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
PENNSYLVANIA WRAP UP  —  We have been busy here over the last day or two, including links to 8 new polls that interviewed through Sunday night, so I am going to try use this post to wrap things up a bit.  All but one of the late surveys shows Clinton leading by margins of 5 to 13 points …
Maggie Michael / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida No. 2 says 9/11 theory propagated by Iran  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden's chief deputy in an audiotape Tuesday accused Shiite Iran of trying to discredit the Sunni al-Qaida terror network by spreading the conspiracy theory that Israel was behind the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Mark Halperin / The Page:
Obama Campaign Memo on Clinton's Pennsylvania Expectations  —  RE: The Bar for Clinton in Pennsylvania and Beyond  —  With all eyes on today's contest, one thing is clear: Pennsylvania is considered a state tailor-made for Hillary Clinton, and by rights she should win big.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Charles Franklin / Pollster.com:
FRANKLIN'S FINAL PENNSYLVANIA UPDATES  —  Clinton has increased her lead in the trend estimates over the course of the last polls to 6.6 points using the standard estimator, and to 8.4 points using the sensitive estimate.  Last minute polls have given her bigger margins.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
DR. OBAMA AND DR. MCCAIN  —  MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, PA., APRIL 21, 2008. … TWO LEADING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HAVE NOW WANDERED INTO AN EXCEPTIONALLY EMOTIONAL MEDICAL DEBATE IN WHICH THEY HAVE NO KNOWN SCIENTIFIC EXPERTISE.  SEVERAL ADVOCACY GROUPS AND FAMILIES OF CHILDREN …
Deacon / Power Line:
HILLARY'S “BEST SHOT” DISPLEASES LEFT, BUT WHY?  —  Scott has already discussed Hillary Clinton's final Pennsylvania ad, which provides images of various crises presidents have had to deal with, and suggests that Clinton, more than Obama, can handle such grave matters.  Here's the ad again:
Discussion: Commentary and New York Post
Gary Andres / Weekly Standard Blog:
Pennsylvania Surprise?  Watch Late Deciders in Tonight's Exit Polls  —  Pennsylvania voters might produce a surprisingly close outcome in today's Democratic primary.  The buzz in Washington from several Democratic operatives I talked to yesterday suggests Team Obama is fired up and ready to over perform.
Discussion: Trailwatch and AlterNet.org
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
That ‘Insulting’ Pope  —  It's not everyday that a backbencher …
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