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11:20 AM 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 …
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
Rev. Wright Delivers Fiery Address to NAACP  —  Speaking in Detroit, at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's 53rd annual “Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner,” Rev. Jeremiah Wright took on his critics even while he spoke of a new, unified day coming.  —  You can watch the speech HERE.
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
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Political Insider
Washington Post:
Reverend's Words Stir Debate on His Creed
Boston Globe:
Hillary Strangelove  —  AMERICANS have learned to take with a grain …
Discussion: and AMERICAblog
Associated Press:
Obama pastor recalls his ‘crucifixion’ in Dallas sermon
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 photo ID before they may cast a ballot.  Three Justices said the evidence offered against the requirement in Indiana …
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 …
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Tackles Bread-and-Butter Issues in Indiana
Discussion: The Page
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.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Loan Industry Fighting Rules on Mortgages  —  WASHINGTON — The mortgage industry, facing the prospect of tougher regulations for its central role in the housing crisis, has begun an intensive campaign to fight back.  —  As the Federal Reserve completes work on rules to root out abuses by lenders …
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.
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 …
Dani Rodrik / Dani Rodrik's weblog:
The “free trade reduces prices” fallacy, yet again  —  This time the culprit is Tyler Cowen.  In his column for the New York Times today, Cowen argues that freer trade in food commodities such as rice would boost global supplies and help reduce prices.  He is probably right about the first, but not about the second.
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Gary Younge / Guardian:
Hillary has cynically turned to the one argument she has left: race
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
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Ray Kimball / The Huffington Post:
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The TV Guy:
Craig Ferguson amuses at White House correspondents' dinner
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City Journal:
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