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10:10 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
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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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
8 Questions About The Pennsylvania Primary  —  What will it take to be declared the winner in Pennsylvania today?  —  1. Conventional wisdom has taken such a beating in this campaign that setting expectations for today's primary continues to confound the experts.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Page
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Pennsylvania could decide Clinton's fate
Discussion: MSNBC
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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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 …
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 …
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Gabe Sherman / The New Republic:
How Olbermann Landed Hillary  —  On Friday, April 18, Hillary Clinton's chief spokesman Howard Wolfson called MSNBC senior vice president Phil Griffin with an offer: Hillary Clinton would appear on Countdown with Keith Olbermann on the eve of the Pennsylvania Primary.
Discussion: Salon, MSNBC and TalkLeft
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?
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PopPhoto:
The Candidates: How will they look in four years?
Discussion: Wonkette and On Deadline
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
ISG moves from consensus to conflict  —  In December 2006, in an effort to build a national consensus on a “new way forward in Iraq,” the Iraq Study Group painted itself as a portrait of bipartisan chumminess, with all political hackery checked at the door.  —  Sixteen months later …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Spencer / Attackerman:
Listening Too Long To One Song
Discussion: abu muqawama
Michael O'Hanlon / Washington Times:
Hawkish talks with Iran?
Discussion: Wonk Room
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 …
Zogby:
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.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT  —  Hillary Clinton's final Pennsylvania ad features images of FDR and JFK together with allusions to the 1929 stock market crash, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, JFK's July 1961 call for 217,000 soldiers to meet the “world-wide” Soviet threat, the Carter-era gas lines …
Discussion: Fox News
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Geoff Earle / New York Post:
BAMA-GEDDON IN HILL AD
Discussion: MSNBC and New York Times
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Dream Ticket Sounds Good to Many Democrats (Except the Candidates)
Discussion: The Raw Story and PunditGuy
WYFF-TV:
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.
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.
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.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Democratic Tracking Poll: President
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 …
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.
 
 
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