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12:30 AM ET, April 30, 2008


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama denounces Wright  —  In Winston-Salem, Obama sharply attacks Reverend Jeremiah Wright and the substance of his remarks yesterday, a far sharper disavowal than he gave in Philadelphia last month.  —  The core of his message: That Wright was not only offensive, but the polar opposite of Obama's own views and politics.
New York Times:
Obama's Remarks on Wright  —  The following is a transcript of a press conference held by Senator Barack Obama in response to recent statements by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., as provided by Mr. Obama's presidential campaign.  —  SENATOR BARACK OBAMA …
Mary Katharine Ham / TownHall Blog:
Someone Was Doing Wright-Polling in N.C.  —  Gee, I wonder why Obama, the anti-political posturer, disowned Wright today.  My dad got a call last night that might explain.  —  I got some more information about that call.  —  It was a live call last night around 7 p.m., not a robocall.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Obama Kicks Wright In the Junk  —  Because I refuse to say he threw him under the bus, which is now my least favorite expression in the English language.  At any rate, Obama “distanced” himself from Wright: … All the talking heads assured me he had to do this, and now he has.
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's “big press conference” on Wright: “I'm outraged by the comments that were made and saddened by the spectacle;” Wright's remarks “a bunch of rants that aren't grounded in truth”  —  What, pray tell, could Barack Obama possibly say now to undo the damage of his two decades of bad judgment about Jeremiah Wright?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Why the Jeremiah Wright story deserves more attention  —  I think the most important thing to note about the Jeremiah Wright Story is that we're a Nation plagued by exceedingly few significant problems; blessed with a quite healthy political culture and very trusted political and media institutions …
New York Times:
Obama Breaks Forcefully With Ex-Pastor Over Fiery Remarks  —  WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Senator Barack Obama broke forcefully on Tuesday with his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., in an effort to curtail a drama of race, values, patriotism and betrayal that has enveloped his presidential candidacy at a critical juncture.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and TalkLeft
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
When Obama gets pissed  —  Yesterday, Jeremiah Wright pushed Barack Obama pretty far.  Today, at a DC press conference, Obama pushed back. … For six weeks, Obama has cautiously defended Wright the man — and even Wright the pastor — while denouncing some of Wright's more notorious sermons.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson / The Huffington Post:   Obama, Not Wright, Is Obama's Worst Enemy
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama Divorces Wright
Todd Beeton / MyDD:
Barack Obama Press Conference
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Press Club president responds: Reynolds pitched Rev. Wright two years ago
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Rush on Wright vs Obama
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama On Wright: “I Might Not Know Him As Well As I Thought”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Making it personal  —  The shift in Obama's approach …
Discussion: The New Republic
Patricia Lopez / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken owes $70,000 in back taxes in 17 states  —  DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken, frontrunner in the race to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, owes $70,000 in back taxes in 17 states, where he earned income going back to 2003.  —  Franken on Tuesday told the Associated Press …
Rush Calls Operation Chaos Pause  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I am calling an operational pause in Operation Chaos.  We have a week to figure out now what's best to do.  If your state still allows voter registration, keep that up, continue to register as a Democrat in upcoming Operation Chaos primaries.
Gallup Daily: Clinton 47%, Obama 46%  —  Democratic preferences remain very close  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Democrats at the national level remain very closely divided in their preferences for their party's presidential nomination, with the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update showing 47% …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Clinton: Democrats must back nominee
Paul Krugman:
Gas tax follies  —  I've been on the road (actually doing a public dialog with Barney Frank on financial reform), so I'm just catching up.  Anyway, John McCain has a really bad idea on gasoline, Hillary Clinton is emulating him (but with a twist that makes her plan pointless rather than evil), and Barack Obama, to his credit, says no.
Marc Ambinder:
The Gas Tax: Where's The Savings?
Discussion: The New Republic and Fact Check
Marc Ambinder:
Michigan Dems Propose Delegate Solution  —  DEMOCRATS IN Michigan want Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee to sign on to a compromise that would allocate a net of ten delegates to Hillary Clinton.  Sen. Carl Levin, Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Sister Toldjah
New compromise proposed on Michigan delegation
Discussion: MyDD
Marty Nemko / Chronicle of Higher Education:
America's Most Overrated Product: the Bachelor's Degree  —  Among my saddest moments as a career counselor is when I hear a story like this: “I wasn't a good student in high school, but I wanted to prove that I can get a college diploma.  I'd be the first one in my family to do it.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Steyn Online:
MRS GRIEVANCE  —  Steyn on People  —  Michelle, ma belle: these are words that go together well.  She looks fabulous, like a presidential spouse out of some dream movie - glossy hair, triple strand of pearls, vaguely retro suits that subtly remind you she'd be the most glamorous First Lady since Jackie Kennedy.
New York Times:
McCain Offers Details of His Health Plan  —  TAMPA — Senator John McCain, detailing his plan to solve the nation's health care crisis, called Tuesday for federal intervention with the states to assure coverage for people who have been denied insurance.  —  Mr. McCain's health plan centers …
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Los Angeles Times:
Getting married for health insurance
Discussion: Think Progress
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
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