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8:55 PM ET, April 22, 2008

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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
EXIT POLLS: Negative Campaign Tarnishes Clinton, Obama  —  Preliminary Exit Polls Show Few Last-Minute Deciders in Pennsylvania Primary  —  Despite all the down-to-the-wire campaigning, preliminary exit poll results indicate that nearly eight in 10 Pennsylvania voters made up their minds …
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The Campaign Spot:
On the Verge of a Stunner in Pennsylvania?  —  Hold on to your hats.  I've gotten the usual word of the exit poll results from one of my usual reliable sources.  He notes that Obama traditionally over-performs in the earliest exit polls, and that he expects the numbers to change as the night wears on - perhaps a reversal.
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 …
Brendan Loy / Irish Trojan in Tennessee:
Don't trust the unweighted exit polls!  —  [UPDATE, 8:12 PM: Welcome, new readers!  The scenario I predicted in this post is now happening.  Some leaked exit poll numbers show Obama winning, others Clinton leading by a slight margin.  Regardless, it's all meaningless.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
EXITS: BEEN THERE, DONE THAT  —  As you may have noticed Drudge has up what he says are 5 PM exit poll numbers showing Clinton 52%, Obama 48%.  I suspect they are ‘accurate’ as far as early, un-weighted exits can be.  But let me point out that my recollection is that pretty much all the early …
Marc Ambinder:
Exit Polls: Change And Polarization  —  From the folks at CBS News, a look at the early exit polls:  —  The exit polls show a smaller percentage of late deciders — 23% — than in previous states.  The economy mattered most to 54% of voters.  (TV news reports say that Clinton won these folks.)
CBS News:
Clinton, Obama Down To The Wire In Pa.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and American Power
The Politico:
Five things to watch in Pennsylvania
Fernando Suarez / CBS News:
Clinton on Obama: “Why Can"t He Close the Deal?"
Discussion: The Page
CNN:
Exit polls: New voters boost Obama
Discussion: The Swamp
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:   AROUND IN CIRCLES?  —  From NBC's Ron Allen  —  Sen. Clinton …
Krooney / The Page:
EXIT POLL RESULTS
Discussion: American Spectator and Spin Cycle
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:   Today's Primary Thoughts
Vaughn Ververs / CBS News:
Early Exit Poll Peek
Discussion: TalkLeft
New York Times:
Pennsylvania Voters Flood Polls After Long Battle  —  The Pennsylvania primary appeared too close to call on Tuesday night as the polls began closing, as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to stave off a stronger-than-expected showing by Senator Barack Obama on a potentially decisive night for the Democratic nominating contest.
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Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
In Pennsylvania, What Constitutes a Win?
Discussion: TalkLeft and Donklephant
Mike Tackett / The Swamp:
Clinton to go past Pennsylvania
Discussion: Hot Air and Stop The ACLU
Susan Page / USA Today:
Bush's disapproval rating worst of any president in 70 years  —  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 …
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains National Lead  —  McCain competitive with both Democrats in general election  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As Democratic voters in Pennsylvania cast their presidential ballots today, the latest nationwide Gallup Poll Daily tracking results show Barack Obama with a 10 percentage point lead over Hillary Clinton.
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 Anew Over Questions About ‘Race Card’
Ross Douthat / The Current:
McCain's Peak?  —  Even with the Democratic Party locked in a fierce civil war, John McCain still hasn't pulled ahead of either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in national polls.  —  The Democratic primary campaign - divisive, bitter, and seemingly endless - has made many Republicans optimistic …
Discussion: Hot Air, Media Blog and Majikthise
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Agence France Presse:
Al Qaeda chief slams Muslims for lack of support … Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri criticised Muslims for failing to support Islamist insurgencies in Iraq and elsewhere in a new audiotape posted Tuesday on the Internet.  —  Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant also blasted Palestinian …
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StrategyPage:
Al Qaeda Decapitated in Iraq
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THINGS ARE TOUGH ALL OVER  —  It turns out it's not just the …
Discussion: BBC
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
Mitt Romney Gets Dissed at the Supreme Court  —  The Court heard oral argument today in Davis v. FEC, the case that asks whether the so-called Millionaires' Amendment of the McCain-Feingold law unconstitutionally burdens the free-speech rights of self-financing candidates for office.
Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
Basra - Iraqi Military Gives 24 Hour Ultimatum  —  It's duelling ultimatum time.  Following hard on Sadr's, the Iraqi military has issued one of its own. … That's not going to happen so the fight will re-start in earnest and will rapidly spread all across the Shiite South and into Baghdad.
Discussion: Attackerman
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Associated Press:   Iraq military gives top Mahdi militia leaders in Basra 24 hours to surrender
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 …
Sonny Bunch / Weekly Standard Blog:
Mugged by Reality...  The New York Times featured an intriguing profile of Robert Downey Jr. this Sunday.  Star of the upcoming Iron Man, Downey is best known as the most-wasted talent of his generation (both literally and figuratively).  His drug problems became so bad that he even spent …
 
 
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Marc Ambinder:
Exits Suggest Obama Did Better In PA Than Ohio
Discussion: MyDD and Daily Kos
The Politico:
Earmark ban push prompts GOP turmoil
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
E.J. aand the “Republican Attack Machine”
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Josh Kraushaar / The Crypt's Blogs:
GOP uses Obama to attack Democrats
Discussion: Political Punch
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Gore Used Fictional Video to Illustrate ‘Inconvenient Truth’
Philly.com:
Great weather, big turnout as 8 p.m. nears
Discussion: The Page
siena.edu:
Not So ‘Blue’: McCain Closing Gap vs. Clinton & Obama
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Touchy, Touchy  —  Ponnuru on Derbyshire:
Discussion: The Corner
Bruce Bartlett / Los Angeles Times:
The GOP's bait-and-switch tax strategy
Washington Wire:
Carly Fiorina Gets a Plug for VP Job
Reuters:
New York Times is not for sale: Sulzberger Jr
Robert / Jihad Watch:
New State Department lexicon forbids use of the words “jihad” or “jihadist”
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Obama Campaign Memo on Clinton's Pennsylvania Expectations
Discussion: TalkLeft and Political Machine
Michael Scherer / Time:
A Willie Horton Hit on Obama?