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6:15 PM ET, April 25, 2008


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Geoff Garin / Washington Post:
Fair Is Fair  —  What's wrong with this picture?  Our campaign runs a TV ad Monday saying that the presidency is the toughest job in the world and giving examples of challenges presidents have faced and challenges the next president will face — including terrorism, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan …
National Journal Online:
Q&A: David Plouffe  —  Obama's Manager Discusses Clinton's Negatives & The Delegate Race  —  Fri.  —  National Journal's Linda Douglass sat down with David Plouffe, Barack Obama's campaign manager, for the April 25 edition of “National Journal On Air.”  This is a transcript of their conversation.
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
BIG HRC FUNDRAISER DEFECTS TO OBAMA  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  One of the things that both Dem campaigns are always nervous about is defectors.  In particular, Clinton is more vulnerable to this problem since she's the candidate that is trailing.  Well, NBC News has learned …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Plouffe: McCain has the racist vote anyway
Gallup Daily: Obama and Clinton Tied at 48% to 47%  —  Clinton's increased support has mainly come from undecided voters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The Democratic nomination race is now tied, with Barack Obama favored by 48% of national Democratic voters and Hillary Clinton by 47%.
Alan I. Abramowitz / The New Republic:
Cheer Up, Democrats!  —  Even if the primary stretches on, a long-term tectonic shift in the electorate means the party is in great shape for November.  —  It's all over but the shouting.  Even though the Democratic Convention is still four months away and the presidential election …
Saira Anees / Political Punch:
DNC Official: “You Know What You Call Someone Who Digs Up Dirt on John McCain?  An Archeologist”  —  Call it the perils of Twitter.  —  Or a new Maginot Line in what Slate's John Dickerson has called “the Umbrage War.”  —  On his Facebook page, the Democratic National Committee's director of research …
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Obama-DNC Fundraising Deal  —  After a series of discussions, the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee have decided to file papers with the Federal Election Commission establishing a “joint fundraising agreement.”  Under the law, such a committee can accept up to $28,500 from individuals …
Randyj / The Page:
Obama, Democratic Party Make Fundraising Deal
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Olbermann Comments on Hillary Causing Stir  —  Keith Olbermann's latest: A discussion with Howard Fineman about the need for a superdelegate to “take [Clinton] into a room and only he comes out."/p>  —  Bloggers say he called for Hillary's murder.  Here's a different take by RiverDaughter at Confluence:
The Huffington Post:
Keith Olbermann's Idea For Beating Hillary: Literally Beating Hillary  —  There are two kinds of people in the world: People who think there's an ugly strain of misogyny running through Hillary Clinton's media coverage, and people who think she's just not very likable and deserves it for running …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
McCain: “Clear Who Hamas Wants to be the Next President”  —  McCain spoke with bloggers this morning on a number of issues ranging from William Ayers to Rev. Wright to Tony Rezko.  Jennifer Rubin noted that Hamas had endorsed Senator Obama and asked McCain whether Obama might have given “an unhelpful signal” to the terrorist group.
‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ for Thursday, April 24  —  Guests: Chuck Todd, Howard Fineman, David Shuster, Tucker Carlson, Bob Herbert, Clarence Page, Tom Ridge, Michelle Bernard, Margaret Carlson  —  CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Do the Republicans fear Obama?  Let's play HARDBALL.  —  Good evening.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Ben / Think Progress:   Matthews: Whites are ‘willing’ …
COPS ACQUITTED IN 50-SHOT SEAN BELL SHOOTING DEATH  —  3 NYPD Detectives Cleared Of All Charges In 2006 Incident  —  Sharpton: Verdict Was An ‘Abortion’ Of Justice  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― In what marks the end of one of the most high-profile police-involved shooting trials in New York City …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
3 NYPD officers cleared in 50-shot killing of groom-to-be
Bernard-Henri Lévy / Wall Street Journal:
The Sad End of Jimmy Carter  —  The problem is not that he is, or is not, talking to the Syrians - everyone does it to some degree.  —  It isn't that he went to Damascus to meet with the exiled head of Hamas - everyone, including the Israelis, will one day have to do that too …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and TigerHawk
Online NewsHour:
Government Curries Favor With Military News Analysts  —  The Pentagon may influence the analysis of some retired military personnel who appear on television news programs, the New York Times recently reported.  Media insiders discuss the details of this murky world of defense companies, the current administration and the war in Iraq.
Ari Melber / The Huffington Post:
PBS Breaks Media Blackout of Pentagon Propaganda Bombshell
Marc Ambinder:
DNC To Assess Challenges On 5/31  —  The DNC will convene its rules and bylaws committee on the last day of May to consider two challenges, that, if successful, could change the delegate math just as the primary season is about to close.  But the date of the meeting may be too late for Hillary Clinton …
Associated Press:
ElBaradei slams Israel for attacking Syrian nuclear reactor  —  The head of the UN nuclear monitoring agency on Friday criticized the US for not giving his organization intelligence information sooner on what Washington says was a nuclear reactor in Syria being built secretly by North Korea.
See-Dubya /
Hillary Clinton: Prayer Warrior.  —  Wow, it looks like we've seriously misunderstood the depth and importance of Hillary Clinton's religious faith: … As the “American Papist” site notes, she's very ecumenical, too: … Yet despite her sincere, abiding Metholic/Cathedist faith …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
House Dem Leadership Supports Obama With Ignorance  —  Elizabeth Drew writing in Politico confirms what we have been seeing for months - the House Dem leadership is populated by fools.  Consider this unforgivable ignorance: … (Emphasis supplied.)  Ohio was an Open Primary.
Discussion: Corrente
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Amanda / Think Progress:
Zirkle rails against the ‘great porn dragon’ and its influence over Jews.
Discussion: Wonkette and Orcinus
Megan McArdle:
Sad capitulation  —  I think I'm going to stop paying attention to trade in this election.
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
McCain Calls on Obama To Apologize For Ayers
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DON'T NEED A WEATHERMAN TO KNOW ...  As you know the Weather Underground …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Brit Hume / Fox News:
Biblical Scholars Challenge Speaker Pelosi's Old Testament Quote
Catherine Clifford /
Stimulus payments starting early
Discussion: Donklephant
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wofford, Jr. on Obama's loss
 Earlier Items: 
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan Wonders If Obama Loves America, Has Ever Cried Thinking …
Discussion: marbury and Booman Tribune
Richard Blair / All Spin Zone:
Limbaugh Urges Riots in Denver
Ben Adler / The Politico:
GOP objects to bill allowing recounts
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
John Edwards's supporters are flocking to Sen. Obama
Philip Taubman / New York Times:
Lesson on How Not to Build a Navy Ship
Discussion: Neptunus Lex and Angry Bear
New York Post:
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Clinton's Hopes May Lie With N.C.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Iraq War Is Everyone Else's Fault, Feith Explains