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8:45 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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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: SECRET TO HILLARY'S SUCCESS
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Associated Press
Lanny Davis / The Huffington Post:
The Top Ten List of Undisputed Facts Showing Barack Obama's Weakness in the General Election Against John McCain  —  Let's forget about the spin on all sides and not use any adjectives to modify the following 10 Facts that should not be in dispute:  —  1. Hillary Clinton won by 10% …
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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.
CNN:
Financial boost follows Clinton's Pennsylvania win
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
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Jaketapper / Political Punch:
Clinton Camp Misrepresents ABC News Report  —  In today's edition of “The Note,” ABC News' Rick Klein wrote that “By one (rightly disputed) metric — the popular vote, including Florida and Michigan — Clinton has pulled ahead of Obama.  But without the rogue states, Obama is still up by 500,000 …
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.
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Marc Ambinder:
Will Obama Go Negative?  —  An unnamed campaign adviser telegraphs …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
media.www.browndailyherald.com:
Times columnist pied in face by activist  —  Male accomplice threw political pamphlets  —  A female audience member ran on stage last night and threw a green pie at New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who had just begun a lecture on environmentalism in Salomon 101.
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The Huffington Post:
Thomas Friedman Gets A Pie In The Face During Speech At Brown  —  New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman was attacked with pies in the face by environmental activists during a speech about energy at Brown University yesterday.  —  The Providence Journal reports that Friedman's message …
Discussion: driftglass and Wonkette
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 …
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 …
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain opposes equal pay bill in Senate  —  NEW ORLEANS - Republican Sen. John McCain, campaigning through poverty-stricken cities and towns, said Wednesday he opposes a Senate bill that seeks equal pay for women because it would lead to more lawsuits.  —  The Senate had scheduled …
Discussion: MyDD and New York Times
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Bill Mears / CNN:
Supreme Court broadens police searches  —  CNN Supreme Court Producer  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Supreme Court offered unanimous support for police Wednesday by allowing drug evidence gathered after an arrest that violated state law to be used at trial, an important search-and-seizure case turning …
Discussion: Shakesville and DownWithTyranny!
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Check The Math  —  The hyper-literate Matt Yglesias swings into action: … Whoa, wake me up - did I sleep through a tax repeal or something?  No wonder libs are so irked with Bush's tax cuts for the rich.  —  Check your next paystub, Matt, and see if there is a difference between “gross” and “net”.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE FRIENDS OF BARACK OBAMA, PART 2  —  Last night, in The Friends of Barack Obama, Part 1 I reviewed Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, who helped to kick off Obama's first political campaign and with whom Obama's campaign says he has a “friendly” relationship.
Edwin Chen / Bloomberg:
McCain Vows War on Poverty, Says Nation in Recession  —  Republican John McCain, saying the nation is in a recession and “families are hurting,” retraced Lyndon Johnson's steps in eastern Kentucky and pledged to mount a war on poverty different from that waged by the former Democratic president.
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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The Corner:
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Marcus Kabel / Associated Press:
Sam's Club, Costco limit rice purchases as prices rise
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Krooney / The Page:
Clinton Camp: We're “On Track” For $10 Million Post-Pennsylvania Haul
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
IS THE PRIMARY GOOD FOR THE DEMOCRATS?
Discussion: Ross Douthat, Corrente and TalkLeft
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Nevada Presidential Election
Discussion: Eunomia
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Edwards Backers Team Up With Obama
David Freddoso / The Corner:
In Murtha's District  —  Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa.) …
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
One Last Time  —  A note, particularly for our Christian …
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Kusinitz / Weekly Standard Blog:
Iraqi Artists Discover Hollywood Doesn't Care
Deacon / Power Line:
BAD ADVICE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES
Discussion: Clive Crook and The Corner
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pa. Primary: Winners and Losers
Discussion: The Trail
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Media Army
Andy Zajac / The Swamp:
Rove didn't seek Fitzgerald ouster: Att'y
CNN:
$100 fill-ups arrive at gas pumps
Karen Jowers / Army Times:
Bill: Stop selling Playboy, Penthouse on base