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12:30 AM ET, April 27, 2008


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Brian Braiker / Newsweek:
Losing Ground  —  After losing Pennsylvania and a difficult month of scandals, Barack Obama's double-digit lead over Hillary Clinton has dropped to seven points in the latest NEWSWEEK poll.  —  After an important primary win in Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton has reduced Democratic rival …
Fox News:
Obama: No More Debates Before Next Primary  —  Barack Obama, in his first appearance on “FOX News Sunday,” says there will be no more debates before the two May 6 primaries despite repeated challenges from Hillary Clinton to meet him face-to-face.  —  Clinton challenged him again Saturday in Indiana …
Associated Press:
Clinton challenges Obama to Lincoln-Douglas style debate  —  MARION, Ind. (AP) — Democratic rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton turned up the rhetoric Saturday in their increasingly heated primary battle as she issued a new debate challenge and he complained of a race that's largely …
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
He's Back  —  Bill Clinton gives his wife's campaign new momentum as he seizes a bigger role  —  HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Bill Clinton, who called himself the “comeback kid” during his first presidential run, is pulling out all the stops for Hillary Clinton's comeback.
Gallup Daily: Clinton and Obama Tied at 47%  —  Clinton moves ahead of McCain in general election  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking finds national Democratic voters evenly divided in their presidential nomination preferences between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: American Power and Donklephant
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Camp Challenges O To Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and The RBC
Clinton to Obama: Let's debate like Lincoln
Discussion: The Democratic Daily and Corrente
Little Green Footballs:
Obama Calls Bloggers Liars for Accurately Reporting His Words  —  This is an absolutely blatant attempt to rewrite history by Barack Obama, documented at ABC News Political Punch.  —  First, I honestly don't care much whether a person wears a flag pin, and you can certainly be a patriot without wearing a badge proclaiming it.
Christi Parsons / Baltimore Sun:
Former Obama friend stumps for Clinton  —  One bonus for Barack Obama (D-IL) as he campaigns in Indiana is that so many friends from his home state can just drive across the state line to help him out.  —  Then again, it's also a short trip for the occasional hometown pol who has been crossed by Obama …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Media Conventional Wisdom Shifting Towards Belief Clinton Could Defeat Obama?
Discussion: Political Radar and The Reaction
Matthew Yglesias:
Vengeance is Hers  —  What happens if Hillary Clinton does …
Discussion: Liberal Values and Eschaton
Dave Winer / The Huffington Post:
Why is it so quiet after the Moyers-Wright interview?  —  I expected a roaring debate in the political blogosphere this morning, and on cable news after the Friday night Bill Moyers interview with Rev Jeremiah Wright.  Instead, there's eerie quiet.  —  The most I could find was this post …
Verena Dobnik / Associated Press:
Sharpton vows to ‘close this city’ after officer acquittals  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Hundreds of angry people marched through Harlem on Saturday after the Rev. Al Sharpton promised to “close this city down” to protest the acquittals of three police detectives in the 50-shot barrage that killed …
New York Times:
McCain Frequently Used Wife's Jet for Little Cost  —  Given Senator John McCain's signature stance on campaign finance reform, it was not surprising that he backed legislation last year requiring presidential candidates to pay the actual cost of flying on corporate jets.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dissent Of The Day II  —  A reader writes: … My response is simply that honorable campaigns do not allow foreign agents, especially terrorist organizations, to insert themselves into American presidential politics.  No respectable foreign governments do such a thing; and the gambits of al Qaeda …
Times of London:
Kim Jong-il builds ‘Thunderbirds’ runway for war in North Korea  —  An airbase inside a mountain is the latest sign that North Korea, whose links to Syria's nuclear programme came to light last week, is cranking up its military machine  —  North Korean military engineers are completing …
Discussion: and Austin Bay Blog
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Can we learn anything from the Democratic spat?  —  Between Clinton and Obama, that is.  One thing we learn is just how unpleasant a politics of confrontation can be and that's no matter what your political point of view.  Most voters don't define their views along the distinctions set down by the policy wonks.
Discussion: Swords Crossed and EconLog
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Letters Give C.I.A. Tactics a Legal Rationale  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has told Congress that American intelligence operatives attempting to thwart terrorist attacks can legally use interrogation methods that might otherwise be prohibited under international law.
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Popular Vote Gives Clinton an Edge  —  One thing many people haven't noticed about Hillary Clinton's 55 percent to 45 percent victory over Barack Obama in the Pennsylvania primary is that it put her ahead of Obama in the popular vote.  Her 214,000-vote margin in the Keystone State means …
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