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9:25 AM 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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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
McCain's Stalking Horse?
Discussion: Hot Air, Betsy's Page and GINA COBB
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
EXIT POLLS: Negative Campaign Tarnishes Clinton, Obama
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Clinton Outduels Obama in Primary  —  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 …
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
With Clear Victory, She Has Rationale to Fight On  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton scored a decisive victory over Senator Barack Obama on Tuesday in the Pennsylvania primary, giving her candidacy a critical boost as she struggles to raise money and persuade party leaders to let the Democratic nominating fight go on.
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton's win in Pa. leaves Obama battered, party reeling  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton's Pennsylvania victory means that the Democratic Party's eventual nominee will be badly bruised and could have a tough time rallying the party in the fall.  —  Clinton on Tuesday once again failed …
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Shifting Focus From Clinton to McCain  —  EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Senator Barack Obama opened the next phase of his presidential campaign here Tuesday evening, seeking to turn his focus away from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and persuade party leaders that time is running out for Democrats …
Jennifer Parker / ABCNEWS:
Dems Fight On; Clinton Wins PA Primary
Marc Ambinder:
Who Wins? Both, And Neither
Discussion: The New Republic and PoliBlog (TM)
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE FRIENDS OF BARACK OBAMA, PART 1  —  When Illinois State Senator Alice Palmer decided to retire in 1995, she hand-picked local left-winger Barack Obama as her successor.  In order to introduce Obama to influential liberals in the district, she held a function at the home of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
The Ayers-Dohrn 2007 Audio  —  Mark Steyn and James Lileks …
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 …
Joe Bavier / Reuters:
Lynchings in Congo as penis theft panic hits capital  —  KINSHASA (Reuters) - Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.
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 …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Worst Of All Worlds For The Dems  —  Right now, the actual results suggest what I thought would be the worst possible result for the Democrats: a nine point win for Clinton.  It doesn't change the race's dynamic or the math; but it will give Clinton just the tiniest sliver of an argument that she should not drop out.
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.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Weighing a McCain Economist  —  ARLINGTON, Va. — When Douglas Holtz-Eakin took over in 2003 as the director of the Congressional Budget Office — the nation's bean counter in chief — he walked right into a firestorm.  —  For years, Republicans had been pushing the budget office to change the way it estimated the cost of a tax cut.
Discussion: Economist's View and Angry Bear
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Grudging Respect  —  Mark is right.  It is clear that Obama can't win the Reagan Democrats — for reasons that are cultural rather than specifically racial.  The consensus on cable is that there will be massive defections of Hillary voters to McCain in November if Obama is the nominee.
Discussion: TBogg
 
 
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George M / CNN:
Exit polls: Gun owners, church goers choose Clinton
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McCain campaign's next stop: ‘Forgotten parts of America’
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The Second Coming of McGovern
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Hillary Clinton's Pennsylvania Primary Speech
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The “God bless America” test
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
STATUS QUO ANTE
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Senate shuts off the lights
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Near-Triumph Of Rovism  —  It's worth recalling …
Matthew Yglesias:
Save Us!
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Obsidian Wings
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Mighty Casey has struck out
Marc Ambinder:
A Note On Pledged Delegates
The Campaign Spot:
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