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3:50 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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Spin Cycle
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.
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
Discussion: Comedy Central and The Caucus
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
NC GOP defies RNC and McCain, will air ad
Discussion: Swampland
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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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
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
RNC, McCain camp urge NC GOP to not air Obama ad
Discussion: The Swamp and Philly.com
Marc Ambinder:
Superdelegates For Obama — Sooner?
Discussion: PSoTD
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Petraeus picked to lead Mideast command  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Gen. David Petraeus, the four-star general who led troops in Iraq for the past year, will be nominated by President Bush to be the next commander of U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.
Discussion: The Corner, MoJoBlog and Commentary
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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.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Reductio ad Obamum  —  Stanley's analysis below is correct - and dear old Nora Ephron's sneer over at The Huffington Post about whether Pennsylvania's embittered white men are more racist than they're sexist or vice-versa gets things completely upside down.  The embittered white men …
Discussion: Hot Air
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New York Times:
The Low Road to Victory
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.
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Bloomberg:
Clinton Aide Says Pennsylvania Victory Brought in $2.5 Million
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Discussion: The New Republic
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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
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Discussion: The New Republic and Salon
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Al Kamen / Washington Post:
The Baghdad Embassy, a W Hotel
Discussion: Think Progress
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Rayner / inRich.com:
McCain-Cantor? That's the Winning Ticket
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DECIMALIST BACKLASH!
Discussion: Balloon Juice
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The Big Superdelegate Suck-Up
Phil Chapman / The Australian:
Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh
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
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Wilting Over Waffles  —  He's never going to shake her off.