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10:05 AM ET, April 24, 2008

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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Is Obama Ready for Prime Time?  —  After being pummeled 55% to 45% in the Pennsylvania primary, Barack Obama was at a loss for explanations.  The best he could do was to compliment his supporters in an email saying, “you helped close the gap to a slimmer margin than most thought possible.”
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
For Obama, a Struggle to Win Over Key Blocs  —  It is the question that has hung over Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and it loomed large on Tuesday night after his loss to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in Pennsylvania: Why has he been unable to win over enough working-class …
Josiah Lee Auspitz / Washington Monthly:   The Law of Rules  —  Obscure party regulations explain …
Joe Klein / Time:
The Incredibly Shrinking Democrats
City Journal:
Obama's Real Bill Ayers Problem  —  Barack Obama complains that he's been unfairly attacked for a casual political and social relationship with his neighbor, former Weatherman Bill Ayers.  Obama has a point.  In the ultraliberal Hyde Park community where the presidential candidate first earned …
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City Journal:
The Ed Schools' Latest—and Worst—Humbug  —  Teaching for “social justice” is a cruel hoax on disadvantaged kids.  —  In 1980, Bill Ayers and his partner Bernardine Dohrn came up from the underground—the Weather Underground, that is.  It had been a wild ride for the Bonnie and Clyde of the sixties New Left.
Discussion: michellemalkin.com and Power Line
Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
Hillary's Political Purgatory  —  CLINTON HAS SPENT WEEKS IN A HORRIBLE SITUATION.  EVEN IN VICTORY, SHE ISN'T GETTING ANY CLOSER TO WINNING THE NOMINATION.  —  Sat.  —  The good news for Hillary Rodham Clinton is that she's winning a lot of battles.  The bad news is that the war is pretty much lost.
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
For Indiana Voters, Talk of Change May Fall Flat  —  KOKOMO, Ind. — With all the talk among the Democratic presidential hopefuls about change, they may wish to consider this as they wander Indiana: People here practically revolted a few years ago when their governor, Mitch Daniels …
Discussion: Liberal Values and TalkLeft
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Brendan O'Shaughnessy / Indianapolis Star:
Longtime Republicans are getting in on the action
Discussion: The Page
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Candidates on equal footing in Indiana
Discussion: MSNBC and Jonathan Martin's Blogs
Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
Gap opens between Al Qaeda and allies  —  A backlash builds over the network's tactics, including suicide attacks.  Its leaders try to defuse the anger.  —  WASHINGTON — Al Qaeda increasingly faces sharp criticism from once-loyal sympathizers who openly question its ideology and tactics …
Discussion: QandO and PoliGazette
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
N. Koreans Taped At Syrian Reactor  —  A video taken inside a secret Syrian facility last summer convinced the Israeli government and the Bush administration that North Korea was helping to construct a reactor similar to one that produces plutonium for North Korea's nuclear arsenal …
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. Sees N. Korean Links to Reactor
Discussion: The Corner
Nathan / FlowingData:
Showing the Obama-Clinton Divide in Decision Tree Infographic  —  Amanda Cox, of The New York Times, made another excellent graphic (and I wouldn't expect anything less).  We see an entire story between Obama and Clinton - positions taken, counties won, and counties lost.  Go ahead and take a look.
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Clinton Split Over McCain Plan For Gas-Tax Holiday  —  In a new policy split in the presidential campaign, Barack Obama opposed a federal gas-tax holiday supported by John McCain, the likely Republican nominee.  Hillary Clinton said she would be open to the tax break.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Hot Air
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Better Roses Than Cocaine  —  For seven years, Democrats have rightfully complained that President Bush has gratuitously antagonized the world, exasperating our allies and eroding America's standing and influence.  —  But now the Democrats are doing the same thing on trade.
Alexander Linklater / Prospect Magazine:
From '68 agitator to staunch supporter of George W Bush's Iraq war—what explains Hitchens's political journey?  I spent three days with him in Washington trying to find out  —  For most of his 40-year career, Christopher Hitchens's notoriety has been confined to highbrow journalistic, literary and political circles.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Dems hedge on healthcare  —  Congressional Democrats are backing away from healthcare reform promises made by their two presidential candidates, saying that even if their party controls the White House and Congress, sweeping change will be difficult.  —  It is still seven months before Election Day …
Discussion: Blog entry
Associated Press:
Iraqi oil windfall keeps growing  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — New data on Iraq oil revenues suggests that country's government will reap an even larger than expected windfall this year — as much as $70 billion — according to the special U.S. auditor for Iraq.  —  The previously undisclosed information …
 
 
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Dan Morain / Los Angeles Times:
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
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Tupelo Daily Journal:
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Rick Perlstein / Blog entry:
Axis of Um, um...
Discussion: Open Left
Los Angeles Times:
John Mellencamp gives Obama, Clinton a Hoosier's welcome
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Experts say sex abstinence program doesn't work
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Sonia Verma / Times of London:
‘Disneyland’ comes to Baghdad with multi-million pound entertainment park
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Wonkette
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Shot by Both Sides  —  IRAN IS OUTSMARTING US IN IRAQ.
Discussion: abu muqawama
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
CHILD ABUSE IN THE NAME OF PROTECTING CHILDREN: Two snippets …
Associated Press:
$20M virtual border ‘fence’ scrapped
Discussion: Hot Air, PoliBlog (TM) and Engadget
Ayesha Rascoe / Reuters:
Bakers feeling pinch of short supplies
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Probation For Sergeant Who Misused Databases
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Matthew Bigg / Reuters:
Carter says Secretary Rice “not telling truth”