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1:40 PM ET, April 23, 2008

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New York Times:
The Low Road to Victory  —  The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it.
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Michael McNutt / Daily Oklahoman:
In Oklahoma: Henry backs Obama  —  Gov. Brad Henry, who said earlier he would not endorse a Democratic presidential candidate until this summer's national convention, announced this morning he is supporting Barack Obama.  —  The endorsement means Obama, a U.S. senator from Illinois …
New York Post:
TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE  —  HILLARY'S PENNSYLVANIA WIN  —  Hillary Clinton refuses to die.  Having been given up for dead after losing Iowa, she rebounded in New Hampshire.  Then a string of 11 straight consecutive losses - followed by a win in Ohio and a tie (in delegates) in Texas.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
The Bruising Will Go on for the Party, Too  —  For better or worse — and many Democrats fear it is for worse — the race goes on.  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton defeated Senator Barack Obama in Pennsylvania on Tuesday by enough of a margin to continue a battle that Democrats increasingly believe …
Marc Ambinder:
Superdelegates For Obama — Sooner?  —  Could Obama's defeat last night actually speed up the process of superdelegates declaring themselves in favor of Obama?  Maybe.  Here's the logic.  Superdelegates are smart, and their decision-making is governed by their answers to at least four different questions …
Discussion: PSoTD
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Obama's Gloves Are Off — And May Need to Stay Off  —  Unable once again to score a knockout, Sen. Barack Obama is likely to make his new negative tone even more negative — with a sharp eye on trying to end the Democratic presidential nomination fight after the May 6 primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA: NC GOP PLAYS WRIGHT CARD?
Discussion: Swampland
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
McCain's Stalking Horse?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Reductio ad Obamum
Discussion: Hot Air and Rachel Lucas
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
RNC CALLS WRIGHT AD ‘NOT APPROPRIATE’  —  From NBC/NJ's Carrie Dann  —  Update to NC Gop anti-Obama ad that references the Rev. Jeremiah Wright...  Per the RNC, the national leadership of the Republican Party has been in contact this morning with the North Carolina GOP, urging them to refrain from running the “Extreme” ad.
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Marc Ambinder:
McCain, GOP Unhappy With N.C. GOP AD  —  Sen. John McCain sent this letter to the chairman of the North Carolina GOP this a.m.: … Danny Diaz, the RNC's communications director, in a statement: … There's a sense among some GOP activists that the McCain campaign depresses the base …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: SECRET TO HILLARY'S SUCCESS
Discussion: Associated Press
David Stout / New York Times:
Petraeus to Be Nominated to Lead Central Command  —  WASHINGTON — Gen. David H. Petraeus, who has commanded United States troops in Iraq for the past year, will be nominated to head the United States Central Command, which oversees military operations across a wide swath of the Middle East …
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Aamer Madhani / The Swamp:   Gen. Petraeus to leave Iraq
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Petraeus to be named Centcom commander
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Breaking News (Updated): Ron Paul surges in Pa.  —  While some people pay attention to the alleged contest between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (and she won big), almost unnoticed is the Republican primary.  —  Many people think Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has won the GOP nomination.
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Yahoo! News:
McCain Loses 27% of Pennsylvania Vote
Discussion: The Corner
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Wilting Over Waffles  —  He's never going to shake her off.  —  Not all by himself.  —  The very fact that he can't shake her off has become her best argument against him.  “Why can't he close the deal?”  Hillary taunted at a polling place on Tuesday.  —  She's been running ads about it …
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Molly Ivors / Whiskey Fire:
A Contest Featuring Human Beings
Discussion: The Sideshow
Paul Auster / New York Times:
The Accidental Rebel  —  IT was the year of years, the year of craziness, the year of fire, blood and death.  I had just turned 21, and I was as crazy as everyone else.  —  There were half a million American soldiers in Vietnam, Martin Luther King had just been assassinated …
Discussion: Cold Fury and The Belmont Club
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The Big Superdelegate Suck-Up  —  Matthew Yglesias, the leftist blogger, cries to the heavens: “I have to say that I'm getting really tired of this.  All the superdelegates should just say who they're voting for and bring this to the end.”  The New York Times is, I hear, going to call on them to do the same immediately.
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog and Redstate
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DECIMALIST BACKLASH!  —  On our election scoreboard to the right we're showing a 10 point margin for Sen. Clinton.  But we're hearing from a lot of Obama supporters saying that isn't right.  Many of them are pointing to the official Pennsylvania Secretary of State website which has ...
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Philly.com
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Dead actor Roy Scheider donates to Barack Obama campaign anyway  —  Sen. Barack Obama does come from the Chicago school of politics, where historically voter turnout has been unusually high for residents of certain graveyards.  And he has been unusually successful raising money.
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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