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5:50 PM ET, April 23, 2008

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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.
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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.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 50%, Clinton 42% Nationally  —  Clinton and Obama both run within one point of McCain in fall ballot  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama leads Hillary Clinton in national Democratic preferences for the nomination, 50% to 42%, in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from April 20-22.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: SECRET TO HILLARY'S SUCCESS  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** The secret to Hillary's success: So how did Clinton win so decisively last night?  The answer is women, specifically white women.  They continue to be as important to her success …
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
Seizing on Primary Win, Clinton Says Tide Is Turning
Discussion: Comedy Central and The Caucus
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
NC GOP defies RNC and McCain, will air ad
CNN:
Financial boost follows Clinton's Pennsylvania win
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
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 …
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The Next McGovern?  —  Obama may still get the nomination, but his loss tonight deals a harsh blow to his electibility arguments.  —  Hillary Clinton won a decisive ten-round decision over Barack Obama in Pennsylvania's Democratic primary, but she didn't score a knockout.  The struggle continues.
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHAT HAPPENED IN PENNSYLVANIA?  —  Not a whole ton to pick through in the exit polls.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Nevada Presidential Election  —  Nevada: McCain 48% Obama 43%  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Nevada shows John McCain leading both potential Democratic opponents in the race for the state's Electoral College.  McCain has a five-point edge over Barack Obama …
Discussion: Eunomia
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Patrick Poole / Front Page Magazine:
Terrorist Fundraisers for Obama  —  Two years ago, Hatem El-Hady was the chairman of the Toledo, Ohio-based Islamic charity, Kindhearts, which was closed by the US government in February 2006 for terrorist fundraising and all its assets frozen.  Today, El-Hady has redirected his fundraising efforts …
Matt / Think Progress:
Hagee Says Hurricane Katrina Struck New Orleans Because It Was ‘Planning A Sinful’ ‘Homosexual Rally’  —  On September 18, 2006, Pastor John Hagee — whose endorsement Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said this past Sunday he was “glad to have” — told NPR's Terry Gross that “Hurricane Katrina was …
Fox News:
‘Basic Instinct’ Director Paul Verhoeven: Jesus Was Son of Mary and a Roman Rapist  —  In his upcoming biography of Jesus, “Basic Instinct” director Paul Verhoeven will make the shocking claim that Christ probably was the son of Mary and a Roman soldier who raped her during the Jewish uprising in Galilee …
Discussion: The Corner, Macsmind and Pharyngula
CNN:
$100 fill-ups arrive at gas pumps  —  COALINGA, California (CNN) — Noel Bosse and Ken Davis watch as the numbers keep spinning at the gas pump — 70 bucks, 80 bucks.  Gulp, guzzle, then it stops: $101 for about 25 gallons.  —  The $100 fill-up has arrived in the United States.
Karen Jowers / Army Times:
Bill: Stop selling Playboy, Penthouse on base  —  Concerned that the military is selling pornography in exchange stores in spite of a ban, one lawmaker has introduced a bill to clean up the matter.  —  “Our troops should not see their honor sullied so that the moguls behind magazines …
Lanny Davis / The Huffington Post:
The Top Ten List of Undisputed Facts Showing Barack Obama's Weakness in the General Election Against John McCain  —  Let's forget about the spin on all sides and not use any adjectives to modify the following 10 Facts that should not be in dispute:  —  1. Hillary Clinton won by 10% …
Discussion: The Corner
 
 
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White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
Discussion: Think Progress
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
IS THE PRIMARY GOOD FOR THE DEMOCRATS?
Discussion: Ross Douthat and TalkLeft
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Edwards Backers Team Up With Obama
David Freddoso / The Corner:
In Murtha's District  —  Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa.) …
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
One Last Time  —  A note, particularly for our Christian …
Deacon / Power Line:
BAD ADVICE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pa. Primary: Winners and Losers
Discussion: The Trail
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE FRIENDS OF BARACK OBAMA, PART 2
 Earlier Items: 
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Media Army
Andy Zajac / The Swamp:
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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Surprise Mississippi Result Shows Unpopularity Of Iraq War In Deep Red States
Discussion: The New Republic and Salon
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Reductio ad Obamum
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
The Baghdad Embassy, a W Hotel
Discussion: Think Progress and TPMCafe
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The Big Superdelegate Suck-Up
Paul Auster / New York Times:
The Accidental Rebel