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3:10 PM ET, April 23, 2008

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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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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Seizing on Her Primary Win, Clinton Says Tide Is Turning  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today seized on her decisive victory over Senator Barack Obama in Pennsylvania to proclaim “the tide is turning” in the Democratic nominating fight, arguing that her performance on Tuesday proved …
Discussion: Comedy Central and The Caucus
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   NC GOP defies RNC and McCain, will air ad
Marc Ambinder:
Superdelegates For Obama — Sooner?
Discussion: PSoTD
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Reductio ad Obamum
Discussion: Hot Air and Rachel Lucas
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
McCain and RNC Disavow N.C. Republican Party Ad
Discussion: The Raw Story
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:   OBAMA: NC GOP PLAYS WRIGHT CARD?
Ilan Goldenberg / democracyarsenal.org:
Petraeus to CENTCOM  —  Breaking news is that General Petraeus has been tapped to be the next commander of CENTCOM, which leads to a number of quick questions / observations.  —  First, it'll be interesting to see how he handles the tension of Afghanistan and Iraq from that position since Gates …
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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.
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House and Eunomia
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHAT HAPPENED IN PENNSYLVANIA?  —  Not a whole ton to pick through in the exit polls.
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 …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Surprise Mississippi Result Shows Unpopularity Of Iraq War In Deep Red States  —  In a major upset that shows just how strong opposition to the Iraq War is in even very red states, the Democratic candidate came out on top in the first round of the special election to succeed Sen. Roger Wicker …
Discussion: The New Republic and Salon
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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 …
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 …
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.
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 and Pharyngula
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
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 …
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
The Baghdad Embassy, a W Hotel  —  There's been constant grousing that the gigantic, $750 million U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is way too big and expensive, even though it came in at scarcely more than 20 percent over budget (and nearly a year late).  —  But critics, who acknowledge it's …
Discussion: Think Progress and TPMCafe
 
 
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DECIMALIST BACKLASH!
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 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias:
Expectations  —  Let me just note that simply because Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: The New Republic
Phil Chapman / The Australian:
Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Where did we go wrong?  —  The networks have called it for Hillary …
Discussion: MyDD
Confederate Yankee:
ABC News Caught Lying About Guns... Again
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Second Coming of McGovern
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Dead actor Roy Scheider donates to Barack Obama campaign anyway
Discussion: Power Line
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Wilting Over Waffles  —  He's never going to shake her off.