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1:45 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.
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 …
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:
The Bruising Will Go on for the 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 …
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 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?
Discussion: PSoTD
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Swampland
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Reductio ad Obamum
Discussion: Hot Air and Rachel Lucas
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
McCain's Stalking Horse?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
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.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Associated Press
David Stout / New York Times:
Petraeus to Be Nominated to Lead Central Command  —  WASHINGTON — Gen. David H. Petraeus, who has commanded United States troops in Iraq for the past year, will be nominated to head the United States Central Command, which oversees military operations across a wide swath of the Middle East …
Aamer Madhani / The Swamp:   Gen. Petraeus to leave Iraq
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Petraeus to be named Centcom commander
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.
Yahoo! News:
McCain Loses 27% of Pennsylvania Vote
Discussion: The Corner
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 …
Molly Ivors / Whiskey Fire:
A Contest Featuring Human Beings
Discussion: The Sideshow
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
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
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
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
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Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
Europe Turns to Coal Again, Raising Alarms on Climate
Discussion: Don Surber
Matt / Think Progress:
Hagee Says Hurricane Katrina Struck New Orleans Because It Was …
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
The Sky's Not Falling  —  “Mortgage Crisis,” shouts the New York Times.
Bob Rayner /
McCain-Cantor? That's the Winning Ticket
Karen Jowers / Army Times:
Bill: Stop selling Playboy, Penthouse on base
Discussion: The Sleuth and Hullabaloo
Matthew Yglesias:
Expectations  —  Let me just note that simply because Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: The New Republic
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Democrats Are Going to Be Fine
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Where did we go wrong?  —  The networks have called it for Hillary …
Discussion: MyDD
 Earlier Items: 
Confederate Yankee:
ABC News Caught Lying About Guns... Again
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Inmate Count in U.S. Dwarfs Other Nations'
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
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Grudging Respect  —  Mark is right.  It is clear that Obama …
Discussion: TBogg and Nice Deb
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Worst Of All Worlds For The Dems
Joe Bavier / Reuters:
Lynchings in Congo as penis theft panic hits capital