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12:20 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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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.
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.
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
McCain's Stalking Horse?
Discussion: Hot Air and Betsy's Page
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Superdelegates For Obama — Sooner?
Discussion: PSoTD
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton's win in Pa. leaves Obama battered, party reeling
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:   FIRST THOUGHTS: SECRET TO HILLARY'S SUCCESS
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
ON DEADLINE: Why Obama can't close deal
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
 
 
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Karen Jowers / Army Times:
Bill: Stop selling Playboy, Penthouse on base
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CNN:
Petraeus picked to lead Central Command
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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
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton's take  —  E-mails Clinton spokesman Phil Singer:
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Where did we go wrong?  —  The networks have called it for Hillary …
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Inmate Count in U.S. Dwarfs Other Nations'
KXLY-TV:
Tony Snow cancels EWU speech due to illness
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Second Coming of McGovern
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
David Paul Kuhn / Yahoo! News:
Why Clinton won Pennsylvania