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8:55 AM ET, April 22, 2008


 Top Items: 
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Clinton on Iran Attack: ‘Obliterate Them’  —  Hillary: If Iran Attacked Israel With Nukes ‘We Would Be Able to Totally Obliterate Them’  —  One day before Pennsylvania primary voters go to the polls, Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., spent the day trying to reach undecided voters …
Gabe Sherman / The New Republic:
How Olbermann Landed Hillary
Discussion: MSNBC and TalkLeft
New York Times:
On Eve of Primary, Clinton Ad Invokes bin Laden
Discussion: Hot Air and PunditGuy
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A nuclear threat?  —  Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Clinton's tough talk
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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
“A CONSTITUENT MATTER”....The New York Times tells the story today of Donald Diamond ("sometimes referred to as ‘The Donald,’ Arizona's answer to Donald Trump"), a wealthy Arizona real estate developer who is one of John McCain's top campaign fundraisers.  A decade ago, Diamond wanted to buy …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Democratic Tracking Poll: President  —  Barack Obama 57  —  Hillary Clinton 32  —  The bigger question than whether Obama would win North Carolina at this point might be whether it will even matter.  If Obama manages to pull out a win or even a narrow defeat in Pennsylvania tomorrow …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Newsmax/Zogby Poll: Clinton Up 10 Points; Beats Margin of Error  —  UTICA, New York - New York's Hillary Clinton continued to pull away from rival Barack Obama of Illinois as the campaigning in Pennsylvania ended and voters prepared to cast ballots today, the latest Newsmax/Zogby daily telephone tracking poll shows.
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 …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama's Waffle Controversy  —  Update: More from CNN on Obama refusing pressers for ten days or more and how the campaign teased them about it.  —  Barack Obama got cranky with a reporter today when asked a question at a diner about Jimmy Carter meeting with Hamas. … What's the big deal?
Small Church's Obama Sign Causes Big Controversy  —  JONESVILLE, S.C. — The sign in front of a small church in a small town is causing a big controversy in Jonesville, S.C.  —  Pastor Roger Byrd said that he just wanted to get people thinking.  So last Thursday, he put a new message on the sign at the Jonesville Church of God.
USA Today:
Obama widens national lead in USA TODAY/Gallup Poll  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama has widened his lead nationally for the Democratic presidential nomination despite a furor over his comments about small-town Americans, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.  Rival Hillary Rodham Clinton is getting …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
A measure of racism: 15 percent?  —  I was talking the other day to a prominent Republican who asked me what I thought John McCain's strongest issues would be in the general election.  —  Lower taxes and the argument he will be better able to protect America from its enemies, I said.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and
Maggie Michael / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida No. 2 says 9/11 theory propagated by Iran  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden's chief deputy on Tuesday denied a theory that Israel carried out the Sept. 11 attacks and blamed Iran and Shiite Hezbollah for spreading the idea to discredit the Sunni al-Qaida's strike against the U.S.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Jihad Watch
Spencer / Attackerman:
Listening Too Long To One Song  —  Via Ilan Goldenberg, Dr. iRack gets busy on Michael O'Hanlon.  O'Hanlon wrote an op-ed about Iran that's vintage 2002: negotiate with the Iranians, but only to “galvanize the kind of growing international pressure on Iran that is probably our only long-term hope …
Discussion: abu muqawama and Washington Times
Does a Little Obama ‘Elitism’ Go a Long Way in Politics?  —  With: Joan Juliet Buck, Lesley Stahl, Liz Smith and Whoopi Goldberg  —  JOAN: What is this thing of Obama being perceived as an elitist?  Is it important?  Is it going to harm him?  What do you think?  —  LIZ: I think it does harm him.
Bruce Bartlett / Los Angeles Times:
The GOP's bait-and-switch tax strategy  —  The rhetoric defies reality, when what the nation really needs is a permanent plan.  —  It is an article of faith among Republicans that tax cuts are the cure for every problem the economy faces, and that tax increases are the equivalent of economic poison.
Discussion: cab drollery and Economist's View
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Tony Snow: ‘I love the folks at Fox’  —  Despite joining CNN today, Tony Snow said he still has affection for his former colleagues at Fox News, where he worked prior to his stint as President Bush's press secretary  —  “Make no mistake, I love the folks at Fox,” Snow told me this afternoon, by phone from Spokane, Washington.
Discussion: The Caucus
Karl / protein wisdom:
If it's Tuesday, it must be Pennsylvania  —  Over the weekend, RCP's Jay Cost noted that the movement in the PA polls was strikingly similar to the movement in the OH pre-primary polls.  Cost avers that past is not necessarily prologue, but notes that there are reasons to expect them to move in tandem.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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Dream Ticket Sounds Good to Many Democrats (Except the Candidates)
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Bruce barred from speaking after ‘illiterate’ remark