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4:25 AM ET, April 25, 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 …
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Excerpts from Rev. Jeremiah Wright Interview with Bill Moyers
Discussion: Swampland
Manya A. Brachear / Chicago Tribune:
Rev. Wright says ‘devious’ forces behind use of his words against Obama
Discussion: The Swamp and Connecting.the.Dots
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The Wright Stuff: ABC provides the context
Discussion: ABCNEWS and protein wisdom
Richard Cowan / Tales from the Trail:
Top House Democrat denounces Clinton campaign tactics  —  WASHINGTON - “Scurrilous” and “disingenuous” were among the words a top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives used on Thursday to describe Hillary Clinton's campaign tactics in her bid to defeat Barack Obama for their party's presidential nomination.
Discussion: Booman Tribune, TalkLeft and Jay Currie
Mark Leibovich / The Caucus:
Black Leader in House Denounces Bill Clinton's Remarks  —  The third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives and one of the country's most influential African-American leaders sharply criticized former President Bill Clinton this afternoon for what he called Mr. Clinton's “bizarre” …
Discussion: Fox News and Gateway Pundit
Susan J. Demas / Detroit News:
Michigan is becoming Clinton's secret weapon
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain camp: N.C. shelving Wright ad  —  Carly Fiorina, background and Charlie Black, advisers to Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain work inside the “Straight Talk Express”, Thursday, April 24, 2008 in New Orleans.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)  —  by Mark Silva
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Memo: On Electability
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain repeats call for NC GOP to pull controversial ad
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Pelosi says she doesn't want to see a joint ticket  —  (CNN) — For at least the fourth time in a little more than a month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made it clear she thinks Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama shouldn't run together on a joint ticket this fall.
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 …
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Tell Me How This Ends?
Discussion: The Page
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 …
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Self-Inflicted Confusion  —  After Barack Obama's defeat in Pennsylvania, David Axelrod, his campaign manager, brushed it off: “Nothing has changed tonight in the basic physics of this race.”  —  He may well be right — but what a comedown.  A few months ago the Obama campaign was talking about transcendence.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Ruh-roh: Obama Going On Fox  —  Remember this?  —  Now whatsay the Netroots? … For the record, I support the boycott of Fox News.  I think Hillary Clinton was placed in a terrible position because of the extreme bias of NBC and the unwillingness of the Left blogs to criticize the anti-Hillary bias in the Media.
Discussion: Fox News and TPM Election Central
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
The Obama Watch Comes To An End: Fox News Sunday Gets Obama!
Discussion: The Page and Macsmind
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
The Democrats Have a Nominee  —  So what?  —  Other than ensuring the Greatest Show on Earth will continue, does it matter that Hillary Clinton defeated Barack Obama Tuesday in Pennsylvania by nine-plus points?  Barack Obama is the nominee.  —  No matter how many kicks the rest of us find …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and TownHall Blog
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain Faults Bush Response to Gulf Storm  —  BATON ROUGE, La. — Senator John McCain took direct aim at the Bush administration on Thursday as he stood in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, the area hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and declared the handling of the disaster …
Discussion: First Draft
Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Star-WTHR poll: In Indiana, it's Obama — barely  —  Sen. Barack Obama holds a narrow lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Indiana, with the outcome of the May 6 primary likely in the hands of a large number of undecided voters, according to a new Indianapolis Star-WTHR poll.
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.
Steve Benen / Crooks and Liars:
Those ‘experts’ and their ‘fancy degrees’  —  This isn't another item about how and why abstinence-only programs — championed by the Bush administration and conservatives everywhere — don't work, waste money, mislead young people about reality, and undermine public health.
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Domenici gets ‘qualified admonition’ from Senate Ethics over Iglesias call  —  The Senate Ethics Committee has issued a “qualified admonition” of GOP Sen. Pete Domenici (N.M.) for a phone call he made to David Iglesias, former U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, in a corruption case involving local …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Ethics Panel Admonishes Domenici
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Snipes Gets Maximum Sentence: 36 Months  —  OCALA, Fla. — Wesley Snipes was sentenced to 36 months in prison Thursday, the maximum sentence allowed.  —  Watch The Story  —  Snipes was convicted of three misdemeanor charges for not filing his taxes.  —  During the sentencing, Snipes did apologize.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Ed Ronco / South Bend Tribune:
Poll shows Indiana primary still a tossup  —  Obama may trail McCain slightly less than Clinton does  —  Conventional wisdom said Tuesday's voting in Pennsylvania would sway Hoosier opinions on who to vote for in Indiana's May 6 presidential primary.  —  But Pennsylvania's results …
Discussion: MyDD
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Robert Cox / San Francisco Chronicle:
The First Amendment and blogs  —  In the wake of the recent backlash …
Sgt Tim / Mark Levin Fan:
‘Moment of Truth in Iraq’ author Michael Yon
Associated Press:
VA accused of covering up suicides
Megan McArdle:
Strategy or vendetta?  —  I find this argument thoroughly unconvincing.
Melissa McEwan / Shakesville:
Hillary Sexism Watch: Part Eighty-Three
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
‘Jihadist’ booted from government lexicon
 Earlier Items: 
Justin McCarthy /
Whoopi Dismisses Elisabeth's Views as ‘Very White’
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Gallup Daily: Democratic Gap Narrows, Obama Stays Ahead
Borzou / Babylon & Beyond:
IRAN: Hillary's threat to “obliterate” in war reverberates
James Glanz / New York Times:
Sunnis Agree to End Boycott, Rejoin Iraq Government
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
Disneyland-Style Theme Park Set for Baghdad. Honest to God
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Minnesota Presidential Election
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE McCAIN MYTH....David Broder says John McCain “is the rare exception …