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1:10 PM 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.
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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
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
What to look for in the Pennsylvania primary  —  The primary may be just another day of voting for Democrats.  Or it could be the beginning of the end for one of the candidates.  —  WASHINGTON — Today in Pennsylvania's hard-fought Democratic presidential primary, there will be a winner and a loser.
Discussion: Indecision 2008
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pennsylvania Primary Prediction Time!
Marc Ambinder:
Why Shouldn't Superdelegates Wait?
Discussion: The New Republic
Associated Press:
Delegate results could be delayed in Pa.
Discussion: MSNBC and Swampland
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: The Page and TPM Election Central
CNN:
Bill Clinton: Obama camp ‘played the race card on me’  —  (CNN) — On the eve of Tuesday's critical Pennsylvania primary, former President Bill Clinton accused Barack Obama's campaign of playing the race card against him.  —  After the phone interview with Delaware radio station WHYY Monday night …
Discussion: AngryBlackBitch and Truthdig
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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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 …
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   New York Times goes after McCain again, with similar results
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
“A CONSTITUENT MATTER”....The New York Times tells the story today …
Saira Anees / Political Punch:
Clinton's Iran Threat Contradicts Previous Position on Making Such Comments  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, told Chris Cuomo on GMA this morning that should Iran attack Israel with nuclear weapons, “I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran...In the next 10 years …
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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 …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
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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.
Discussion: Fausta's blog and Jihad Watch
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JammieWearingFool:
al-Zawahri: Don't Listen to Those Idiots, We Pulled Off 9/11
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Israel Matzav
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.
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 …
Megan McArdle:
The hidden benefit of veganism  —  Last night, at Matt Yglesias's book party, I was chatting to a couple of friends about my recent conversion to an animal-free lifestyle.  The one thing I didn't expect was that it actually reduced the amount of time I spend thinking about food.
Discussion: TBogg
 
 
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