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4:35 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.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Reductio ad Obamum
Discussion: American Power and Hot Air
Deacon / Power Line:
BAD ADVICE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES
Discussion: The Huffington Post and 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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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 …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain implores NC GOP to not air ad
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pa. Primary: Winners and Losers
Discussion: The Trail
Marc Ambinder:
Superdelegates For Obama — Sooner?
Discussion: PSoTD
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 …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
NC GOP defies RNC and McCain, will air ad
Discussion: Swampland and The Page
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.
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: Macsmind, The Corner and Pharyngula
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 …
David Stout / New York Times:
Petraeus to Be Nominated to Lead Forces in Middle East  —  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 …
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Petraeus To Become Centcom Commander
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
One Last Time  —  A note, particularly for our Christian …
Kevin Kusinitz / Weekly Standard Blog:
Iraqi Artists Discover Hollywood Doesn't Care
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE FRIENDS OF BARACK OBAMA, PART 2
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Media Army
Andy Zajac / The Swamp:
Rove didn't seek Fitzgerald ouster: Att'y
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
McCain's Anger Management
Discussion: The New Republic
CNN:
$100 fill-ups arrive at gas pumps
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Surprise Mississippi Result Shows Unpopularity Of Iraq War In Deep Red States
Discussion: The New Republic and Salon
 Earlier Items: 
Patrice Hill / Washington Times:
Americans hoard food as industry seeks regs
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
The Sky's Not Falling  —  “Mortgage Crisis,” shouts the New York Times.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
The Baghdad Embassy, a W Hotel
Discussion: Think Progress and TPMCafe
Bob Rayner / inRich.com:
McCain-Cantor? That's the Winning Ticket
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DECIMALIST BACKLASH!
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Paul Auster / New York Times:
The Accidental Rebel
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Where did we go wrong?  —  The networks have called it for Hillary …
Discussion: MyDD
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Breaking News (Updated): Ron Paul surges in Pa.