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11:55 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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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 …
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 …
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:
Bruising Will Go on for 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 …
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.
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
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA: NC GOP PLAYS WRIGHT CARD?
Discussion: Political Radar, Swampland and Hot Air
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
McCain's Stalking Horse?
Discussion: Hot Air, Betsy's Page and GINA COBB
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton's win in Pa. leaves Obama battered, party reeling
Discussion: Hot Air
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:   Clinton's victory doesn't do much for her odds
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
Confederate Yankee:
ABC News Caught Lying About Guns... Again  —  I've really had it with ABC News and Brian Ross.  —  Last year in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre, Ross and the crack staff of The Blotter lied about the effect 1994 Crime Bill as it related to pistol magazines used by the shooter …
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ABCNEWS:
U.S. Guns Arming Mexican Drug Gangs; Second Amendment to Blame?
Discussion: Wizbang and Stop The ACLU
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
CNN:
Petraeus picked to lead Central Command  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, has been tapped to become chief of U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.  —  Petraeus replaces Adm. William Fallon, who said last month he was resigning.
Discussion: abu muqawama
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Where did we go wrong?  —  The networks have called it for Hillary and I think after Florida in 2000 they're not going to make that mistake again, so obviously our polls were wrong.  —  First off, please do not call us or e-mail us and tell us we suck!  We are well aware, and it does not feel good.
Discussion: MyDD and Brilliant at Breakfast
 
 
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: SECRET TO HILLARY'S SUCCESS
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DECIMALIST BACKLASH!
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Philly.com
Matthew Yglesias:
Expectations  —  Let me just note that simply because Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: The New Republic
Simon Jenkins / Guardian:
Despite Iraq, America's love affair with war runs deep
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Democrats Are Going to Be Fine
Discussion: MyDD, Hullabaloo and Democrats.com
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Senate Dems shut off the lights
Lona Manning / American Thinker:
Free speech in Canada
Paul Auster / New York Times:
The Accidental Rebel
Discussion: Cold Fury and The Belmont Club
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton's take  —  E-mails Clinton spokesman Phil Singer:
KXLY-TV:
Tony Snow cancels EWU speech due to illness
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Second Coming of McGovern
Discussion: American Spectator
Los Angeles Times:
CIA to describe North Korea-Syria nuclear ties
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
STATUS QUO ANTE
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Grudging Respect  —  Mark is right.  It is clear that Obama …
Discussion: Nice Deb and TBogg
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Worst Of All Worlds For The Dems