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9:20 AM ET, April 22, 2008


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The Politico:
Five things to watch in Pennsylvania  —  PITTSBURGH - When the Democratic presidential primary moved to Pennsylvania in early March, the central question was never whether Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton would win the state.  Rather, it was by how much.  —  Six weeks later, the question remains the same.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and The Page
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Pennsylvania could decide Clinton's fate  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) — Voters in Pennsylvania head to the polls Tuesday and on the line could be the fate of the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  Polls opened at 7 a.m. ET and close at 8 p.m.
Discussion: MSNBC
New York Times:
On Eve of Primary, Clinton Ad Invokes bin Laden
Discussion: Hot Air and PunditGuy
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 …
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 …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: New York Post and Fox News
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 …
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?
The Candidates: How will they look in four years?
Discussion: Wonkette and On Deadline
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Has Money Edge For Final Primaries  —  Hillary Clinton crisscrossed Pennsylvania and unveiled a last-minute television ad invoking Pearl Harbor and Osama bin Laden, in hopes that a big victory in the state's Democratic primary Tuesday could turn around her long-shot presidential bid.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Democratic Tracking Poll: President
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.
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.
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
Dr. iRack / abu muqawama:
O'Hanlon Goes to Tehran in Search of Failure
Jessica Malmgren / The Hill:
Study: America can afford cap-and-trade  —  On the eve of Earth Day, an environmental group released a study that suggests implementing a cap-and-trade program to cut greenhouse gas emissions would not slow the U.S. economy or cost jobs, contradicting a report released recently by a group …
CBS News:
VA Hid Suicide Risk, Internal E-Mails Show  —  Follow-Up Reporting On Exclusive Investigation Reveals Officials Hid Numbers … In San Francisco federal court Monday, attorneys for veterans' rights groups accused the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs of nothing less than a cover-up …
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.
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
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Gateway Pundit:
Britain Cancels St. George's Parade Over Fear of Muslim Riots
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
Karl / protein wisdom:
If it's Tuesday, it must be Pennsylvania
Agence France Presse:
Iraq: After the bombs, the tomatoes
Bruce Bartlett / Los Angeles Times:
The GOP's bait-and-switch tax strategy
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Tony Snow: ‘I love the folks at Fox’
Discussion: The Caucus
Ezra Levant:
Richard Warman misleads the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal about …
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Food Rationing Confronts Breadbasket of the World
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Gates Assails Pentagon on Resources for Battlefields
Southern Political Report:
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Discussion: MyDD
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Is the Obama Campaign Too Obsessed With Delegates?
Gabe Sherman / The New Republic:
How Olbermann Landed Hillary
Discussion: MSNBC and TalkLeft
Roger Simon / The Politico:
A measure of racism: 15 percent?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
No debate for Couric  —  The North Carolina Democratic Party …
Discussion: Hot Air, Wonkette and Marc Ambinder
Jim Carney / Akron Beacon Journal:
Police arrest 72 in third sweep
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Dream Ticket Sounds Good to Many Democrats (Except the Candidates)