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2:40 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.
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 …
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
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Reductio ad Obamum
Discussion: Hot Air and Rachel Lucas
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
NC GOP defies RNC and McCain, will air ad
Discussion: Exurban League
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Superdelegates For Obama — Sooner?
Discussion: PSoTD
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA: NC GOP PLAYS WRIGHT CARD?
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
McCain and RNC Disavow N.C. Republican Party Ad
Discussion: Political Radar and The Raw Story
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 …
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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.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   McCain implores NC GOP to not air ad
Reuters:
Petraeus Picked to Lead U.S. Central Command  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates Wednesday will recommend the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, to lead Central Command, the military command responsible for Middle East operations.
Discussion: Neptunus Lex and QandO
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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.
Discussion: Comedy Central and PoliGazette
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Yahoo! News:
McCain Loses 27% of Pennsylvania Vote
Discussion: The Corner
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Inmate Count in U.S. Dwarfs Other Nations'  —  The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population.  But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners.  —  Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent …
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
From the comments: “America the Beautiful”?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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: The Corner and Pharyngula
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
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 …
Discussion: The Corner, The Sleuth, TBogg and Hullabaloo
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
 
 
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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Surprise Mississippi Result Shows Unpopularity Of Iraq War In Deep Red States
Discussion: The New Republic and Salon
Patrick Poole / Front Page Magazine:
Terrorist Fundraisers for Obama
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHAT HAPPENED IN PENNSYLVANIA?  —  Not a whole ton to pick through in the exit polls.
Patrice Hill / Washington Times:
Americans hoard food as industry seeks regs
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The Next McGovern?  —  Obama may still get the nomination …
Discussion: Eunomia
The Green Papers:
Pennsylvania Democrat  —  Primary: Tuesday 22 April 20081  —  Candidate
Discussion: Washington Wire and The RBC
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
Europe Turns to Coal Again, Raising Alarms on Climate
Matt / Think Progress:
Hagee Says Hurricane Katrina Struck New Orleans Because It Was …
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Rayner / inRich.com:
McCain-Cantor? That's the Winning Ticket
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DECIMALIST BACKLASH!
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Matthew Yglesias:
Expectations  —  Let me just note that simply because Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: The New Republic
Phil Chapman / The Australian:
Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh
Discussion: QandO and The Corner
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Where did we go wrong?  —  The networks have called it for Hillary …
Discussion: MyDD
Confederate Yankee:
ABC News Caught Lying About Guns... Again
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Dead actor Roy Scheider donates to Barack Obama campaign anyway
Discussion: Power Line