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12:30 PM ET, April 28, 2008


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Michelle Malkin:
Monday morning engine-starter: Jeremiah Wright, racial phrenologist  —  Good morning, people.  I'll be on Fox and Friends at around 8:15am to talk politics.  Today's engine-starter is The American Digest's post on Jeremiah Wright's racial brain theories.  —  Do you remember nutball racialist …
Surprise, There is a Difference Between Black Brains and White Brains: Obama's Pastor Explains It All to You  —  “In comparing African-American children and European-American children, we were comparing apples and rocks.”  —  “Different is not deficient.”  It would seem there is a profound …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The Wright Stuff: Echoes of The Bell Curve?  —  One of the stranger aspects of Jeremiah Wright's speech came in the supposed neurological explanation of the differences between whites and blacks.  Wright claims that the very structure of the brains of Africans differ from that of European-descent brains …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: YOU'RE SO VAIN...  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** You're so vain, you probably think this campaign is about you: After addressing the NAACP yesterday in Detroit, Jeremiah Wright travels to the heart of the media beast — the National Press Club in DC …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Political Insider
Joe Klein / Swampland:
The Reverend Wright  —  Oy.  —  And furthermore, I've been to dozens and dozens of African-American church services over the years, including the investiture of one of my friends as an AME minister two years ago, and I have very rarely, if ever, heard the kind of rants that are part of Reverend Wright's canon.
Boston Globe:
Hillary Strangelove  —  AMERICANS have learned to take with a grain …
Discussion: and AMERICAblog
Saira Anees / Political Punch:
Wright Assails Media, Cheney, Obama at National Press Club
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Campaign Spot
Michelle Malkin:
Liveblogging Wright at the National Press Club: The “black church” …
Washington Post:
Reverend's Words Stir Debate on His Creed
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court upholds photo ID law for voters in Indiana  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court rejects voter ID challenge; no new grants  —  The Supreme Court, voting 6-3, on Monday rejected a constitutional challenge to Indiana's law requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID before they may cast a ballot.  Three Justices said the evidence offered against the requirement …
William Kristol / New York Times:
Hillary Gets No Respect  —  I normally don't claim to speak for other members of the vast right-wing conspiracy.  After all, we're each nefarious in our own, individual way.  Indeed, we often disagree with one another.  —  But I do think I can speak for most of my fellow right-wingers when I say this …
New York Times:
Eyes on Blue-Collar Voters, Obama Shifts Style  —  ANDERSON, Ind. — Senator Barack Obama is making subtle changes to his campaign style and message in an effort to strengthen his appeal to blue-collar voters and to avoid a defeat in Indiana that aides fear could give Democratic Party leaders further pause …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Criticizes Remarks by Obama's Former Pastor  —  CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Senator John McCain delved on Sunday into remarks made by Senator Barack Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., saying it was “beyond belief” that Mr. Wright had likened the Romans at the time of Jesus' crucifixion …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bush Made Permanent  —  As the designated political heir of a deeply unpopular president — according to Gallup, President Bush has the highest disapproval rating recorded in 70 years of polling — John McCain should have little hope of winning in November.  In fact, however, current polls show him roughly tied with either Democrat.
Jake Coyle / Associated Press:
Roger Waters plays ‘Dark Side,’ unleashes giant pig  —  INDIO, Calif. - Roger Waters brought Coachella to a close with an epic two-set performance that included playing all of “Dark Side of the Moon” and unleashing a giant inflated pig into the night sky.  —  The 64-year-old Waters …
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
New FAS-FAX: Steep Decline at ‘NYT’ While ‘WSJ’ Gains  —  NEW YORK Print circulation continues on its steep downward slide, the Audit Bureau of Circulations revealed this morning in releasing the latest numbers for some of the country's largest dailies for the six-month period ending March 31, 2008.
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Matthew Yglesias:
Capital Gains  —  Mostly what Atrios said.  But beyond that …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Christopher Stern / Bloomberg:
Obama's ‘Gigantic’ Database May Make Him Party's Power Broker
Discussion: techPresident
Frank James / The Swamp:
Bush on a chair, Ferguson on DC
Discussion: Time
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Hillary Clinton's Indiana equalizer
Andrea Elliott / New York Times:
Critics Cost Muslim Educator Her Dream School
Aaron Bruns / FOX Embeds:
Clinton's New Debate Proposal: On the Back of a Flatbed Truck
Discussion: The Confluence
Dani Rodrik / Dani Rodrik's weblog:
The “free trade reduces prices” fallacy, yet again
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
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Ezra Levant:
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Discussion: Canadian Press
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Boston's Scrappy Herald, Screaming for Readers
Jimmy Carter / New York Times:
Pariah Diplomacy  —  A COUNTERPRODUCTIVE Washington policy …
Gary Younge / Guardian:
Hillary has cynically turned to the one argument she has left: race
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ray Kimball / The Huffington Post:
The Next Generation  —  I have a dirty little secret …