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2:10 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.
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
Marc Ambinder:
Superdelegates For Obama — Sooner?
Discussion: PSoTD
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
NC GOP defies RNC and McCain, will air ad
Discussion: Exurban League
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Swampland
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
The Bruising Will Go on for the Party, Too
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Reductio ad Obamum
Discussion: Hot Air and Rachel Lucas
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
McCain's Stalking Horse?
Discussion: Nice Deb and 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
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   McCain implores NC GOP to not air ad
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
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
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 …
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
From the comments: “America the Beautiful”?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHAT HAPPENED IN PENNSYLVANIA?  —  Not a whole ton to pick through in the exit polls.  Clinton won voters over 40, Obama won voters under 40.  There were just more of the former.  Similarly, Clinton won women, Obama won men, There were just more of the former.  John Judis's take, by contrast, seems a bit needlessly dire.
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
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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:
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Discussion: Washington Wire and The RBC
Victorino Matus / Weekly Standard Blog:
Explaining the Appeal of CNN's Election Coverage
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Petraeus to be named Centcom commander
Matt / Think Progress:
Hagee Says Hurricane Katrina Struck New Orleans Because It Was …
Bob Rayner /
McCain-Cantor? That's the Winning Ticket
Matthew Yglesias:
Expectations  —  Let me just note that simply because Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: The New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Worst Of All Worlds For The Dems
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Wilting Over Waffles  —  He's never going to shake her off.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Joe Bavier / Reuters:
Lynchings in Congo as penis theft panic hits capital