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1:50 PM ET, April 24, 2008

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Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Wright offering fresh fodder to Obama critics  —  WASHINGTON—The controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright — Sen. Barack Obama's pastor — is speaking Monday at the National Press Club as part of a divinity conference of black church leaders.  Wright's decision to headline an event at the Press Club …
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Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Is That NC GOP Ad Really That Hard to Figure Out?  —  This morning on NPR, I heard Renee Montagne and Juan Williams spend about 5 minutes talking about this anti-Obama ad—featuring Jeremiah Wright—from the North Carolina Republican Party.  First Montagne and Williams discussed whether …
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Wright Says His Words Were Twisted  —  In his first wide-ranging interview since video clips of his inflammatory sermons were aired, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. defended himself over the controversy, saying that his words were twisted.  —  Mr. Wright, Senator Barack Obama's former pastor …
Discussion: The Page
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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Joe Klein / Time:
The Incredibly Shrinking Democrats  —  “This election,” Bill Clinton said in the hours before the Pennsylvania primary, “is too big to be small.”  It was a noble sentiment, succinctly stated, and the core of what Democrats believe — that George W. Bush has been a historic screwup as President …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How Clinton Can Win It  —  Following Tuesday's primary …
Discussion: Tulsa World and Capitol Briefing
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
The Clinton-Obama Money Chase Continues [UPDATED]  —  So now the Clinton campaign [is walking back] has clarified its post-PA fundraising numbers (and I'm clarifying my post as well).  As I noted yesterday, the campaign's finance co-chair Hassan Nemazee left the distinct impression …
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Marc Ambinder:   Ambinder The Dupe?  —  Moments after I posted a brief …
Marc Ambinder:   Yes, Clinton Raised $10M Off The Net
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Internet cash revives Clinton campaign
Discussion: Hot Air and Real Clear Politics
Examiner:
Jenna Bush: I may not support McCain  —  In Republican circles, this could constitute a form of sacrilege.  —  Speaking on Larry King Live last night, first daughter Jenna Bush, who appeared alongside first lady Laura Bush, confessed that she's not sure if she'll vote for the presumptive Republican nominee …
Discussion: Political Machine and Wonkette
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Democrats' Worst Nightmare  —  For battle-weary Democrats, the big news out of Pennsylvania is pretty simple: Their nightmare continues.  —  In the seven weeks between the Texas and Ohio primaries in early March and Tuesday's balloting in Pennsylvania, the tone of both Barack Obama's …
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Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Deepening Democratic Dilemma
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
What the Family Would Let You See, the Pentagon Obstructs  —  Lt. Col. Billy Hall, one of the most senior officers to be killed in the Iraq war, was laid to rest yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery.  It's hard to escape the conclusion that the Pentagon doesn't want you to know that.
Pete Winn / CNSNews:
Biblical Scholars Challenge Pelosi's ‘Scripture’ Quote  —  (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is fond of quoting a particular passage of Scripture.  The quote, however, does not appear in the Bible and is “fictional,” according to biblical scholars.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Minnesota Senate  —  Minnesota Senate: Coleman 50% Franken 43%  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows that Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman has opened a seven-percentage point lead over Democratic challenger Al Franken in his bid for re-election.
Fox News:
Secret Service Catch Mexican Official Nabbing White House BlackBerries  —  Whether he was up to no good or simply desperate to play BrickBreaker, a Mexican press attaché was caught on camera by Secret Service pocketing several White House BlackBerries during a recent meeting in New Orleans, FOX News has learned.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
9.2%  —  And, who cares?  A win is a win is a win.  It was Obama that said 50 + 1 was all you needed.  The fact that she got that much despite his money press is amazing.  —  Wouldn't know it, would ya?
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.
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 …
 
 
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
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Associated Press:
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Los Angeles Times:
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Will Dunham / Reuters:
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