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2:00 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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pennsylvania Primary Prediction Time!
Discussion: The Trail, Don Surber and The Sleuth
Marc Ambinder:
Why Shouldn't Superdelegates Wait?
Discussion: The New Republic
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
What to look for in the Pennsylvania primary
Discussion: Indecision 2008
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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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 …
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 …
Fox News:
Bill Clinton Bristles Over Open-Mic Moment
Discussion: The Swamp
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 TigerHawk
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JammieWearingFool:
al-Zawahri: Don't Listen to Those Idiots, We Pulled Off 9/11
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Ill-starred waffle plate for sale  —  Adding insult to...insult, a fellow customer of the Glider Diner in Scranton has put Obama's waffle plate — the one on which he was focused when rudely interrupted by reporters — on eBay.  —  The proceeds, the listing from a “loyal customer” …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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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 …
Michael Scherer / Time:
A Willie Horton Hit on Obama?  —  An old right-wing attack dog has returned with a new target: Barack Obama.  —  Starting Tuesday, a group of conservative activists led by Floyd Brown, author of the famous Willie Horton ad used so effectively against Michael Dukakis in 1988 …
Discussion: Hot Air
Lowell / Badlands Blue:
George McGovern takes a “dig” at John McCain  —  The following is transcribed from Sen. McGovern's speech Saturday night at the McGovern Day dinner in Sioux Falls.
Wall Street Journal:
That ‘Insulting’ Pope  —  It's not everyday that a backbencher in Congress draws international attention by insulting the spiritual leader of one in four Americans.  But Colorado Republican Tom Tancredo, the anti-immigrant obsessive, wasn't about to miss his moment.
Discussion: michellemalkin.com and Cafe Hayek
 
 
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CNN:
Snow: Personality driving Dem race
Discussion: Wizbang Blue
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Mika: Clinton Campaign ‘Pounced Like Lemmings’
Discussion: Classical Values
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Clueless in America  —  We don't hear a great deal about education …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Philly.com
Spencer / Attackerman:
It's A Wonder That You Still Know How To Breathe
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Washington Wire:
Clinton Joins McCain on Gas-Tax Holiday; Obama Opposes
US Department of Justice:
Justice Department to Monitor Election in Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Raw Story
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: CONTEST NO. 45  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Novak: “McCain, Portman, and Victory”
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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David Brown / Washington Post:
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Wall St. Journal Editor Expected to Resign
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
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