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8:35 PM ET, April 24, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Memo: On Electability  —  Seeking to rebut the argument that Sen. Barack Obama's recent primary losses in Ohio and Pennsylvania endanger Democrats' chances of wining the White House in the fall, the Illinois senator's campaign is circulating a memo to superdelegates chock full of polling data …
Discussion: Washington Post
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Excerpts from Rev. Jeremiah Wright Interview with Bill Moyers  —  I've been sent by Bill Moyers' people excerpts from his interview with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, which will air tomorrow night on PBS.  This is the first major Wright interview since the Obama “controversy” broke last month.
Discussion: Swampland
Marc Ambinder:
The Most Damaging Thing Rev. Jeremiah Wright Has To Say
Discussion: American Spectator
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wright on Obama's denunciation: He “says what he has to say as a …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Macsmind
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Reid, Pelosi, Dean may intervene in nomination  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he may have to push undecided superdelegates to make their decisions in the Democratic presidential race, if the contest stretches into June.  —  Reid said he would consider writing …
Raleigh News & Observer:
TV station rejects state GOP ad  —  At least one North Carolina TV station is refusing to air the N.C. Republican Party's ad about Sen. Barack Obama's former minister.  —  A spokesman for WRAL-TV in Raleigh said the station will not show the ad.  A spokesman for another Triangle station …
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.”
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
No more Michigan talk!  —  That's it.  Enough is beyond enough.  For what feels like the one millionth time, I just did some segment over at MSNBC on the theme of how Michigan possibly impacts Hillary's position if the popular vote there is factored into the candidates' running tallies.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Susan J. Demas / Detroit News:
Michigan is becoming Clinton's secret weapon
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Tell Me How This Ends?
Discussion: The Page   Michigan, Florida Democrats reject splitting delegates evenly …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain camp: N.C. shelving Wright ad  —  Despite vows by North Carolina's Republican Party to press on with a TV ad slamming Democratic candidates for governor for their support of Barack Obama, in turn for his association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the McCain campaign is reporting …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Confusion in North Carolina
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and CANNONFIRE
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Is That NC GOP Ad Really That Hard to Figure Out?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Garin in North Carolina
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama in Chicago, speaks to IN  —  Sen. Barack Obama managed to campaign Thursday in Indiana without ever setting foot in the state.  —  On a day he was supposed to taking off, his campaign alerted news organizations late in the morning that he would be making an unexpected speech …
Discussion: The Page
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
“Mudcat” Saunders: Why Obama Isn't Winning Working Class Whites
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
Updated: McCain calls Hagee views “nonsense,” takes jab at Obama  —  New Orelans, LA — Rev. John Hagee's view that Hurricane Katrina was punishment for the sins of New Orleans residents is “nonsense,” McCain said at least nine times aboard his bus today.  —  The DNC has been calling on McCain …
Gallup Daily: Democratic Gap Narrows, Obama Stays Ahead  —  Obama 49% to 44% in latest national polling  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The Gallup Poll Daily tracking update based on April 21-23 interviewing shows Barack Obama holding a narrower advantage over Hillary Clinton than he has in recent days …
Borzou / Babylon & Beyond:
IRAN: Hillary's threat to “obliterate” in war reverberates  —  Better be careful what you say in the heat of a political campaign.  It could have global repercussions.  —  Presidential contender Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's vow to “obliterate” Iran, presumably with nuclear weapons …
CBS News:
Scalia On Bush v. Gore: Get Over It!  —  Supreme Court Justice Tells 60 Minutes It's Nonsense To Say The Decision Was Politically Motivated  —  (CBS) People who believe the U.S. Supreme Court's decision giving the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush was politically motivated …
Rush Limbaugh Calling For Riots In Denver  —  Talk Show Host Wants America To See Actions Of ‘Far Left’  —  DENVER — Talk show host Rush Limbaugh is sparking controversy again after he made comments calling for riots in Denver during the Democratic National Convention this summer.
James Glanz / New York Times:
Sunnis Agree to End Boycott, Rejoin Iraq Government  —  BAGHDAD — Iraq's largest Sunni bloc has agreed to return to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki's cabinet after a nine-month boycott, several Sunni leaders said on Thursday, citing a recently passed amnesty law and the Maliki government's crackdown …
Justin McCarthy /
Whoopi Dismisses Elisabeth's Views as ‘Very White’  —  Voting for someone based on qualifications or ideology rather than race is very “white” according to “View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg.  Also, according to Joy Behar, only white males like tax cuts.  —  Discussing Elisabeth Hasselbeck's concern …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
Pete Winn / CNSNews:
Biblical Scholars Challenge Pelosi's ‘Scripture’ Quote  —  ( - 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.
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‘Jihadist’ booted from government lexicon
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Mullen: We ‘Will Have to Deal with Iran in the Very Near Future’
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McCain campaign gets almost 80% off on Homewood gathering space …
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Hill on Brinks radical: I didn't know!
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Patrick / FishBowlDC:
The Obama Watch Comes To An End: Fox News Sunday Gets Obama!
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SUPPORTING THE TROOPS....Over at The Corner they're having …
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