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1:20 PM ET, April 29, 2008


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NY Daily News:
Is Jeremiah Wright a colossal disaster for Barack Obama or a press trick?  —  The Rev. Jeremiah Wright couldn't have done more damage to Barack Obama's campaign if he had tried.  And you have to wonder if that's just what one friend of Wright wanted.  —  Shortly before he rose to deliver his rambling …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Where Wright Goes Wrong  —  We all have our crosses to bear.  The Rev. Jeremiah Wright has become Barack Obama's.  —  I'm sorry, but I've had it with Wright.  I would never try to diminish the service he performed as pastor of his Chicago megachurch, and it's obvious that he's a man of great charisma and faith.
Nitya / Political Radar:
Gingrich: Wright May Be Deliberately Trying to Hurt Obama  —  ABC News' Nitya Venkataraman Reports: In a Tuesday appearance on Good Morning America, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., suggested that controversial pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright is angry with parishioner Sen. Barack Obama …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and The Page
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Strongly Rejected Long-Term Iraq Presence: “Bring Them All Home”  —  When it comes to getting U.S. troops out of Iraq, Sen. John McCain was for the idea before he was against it.  —  Three years before the Arizona Republican argued on the campaign trail that U.S. forces could be in Iraq …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HOOK, LINE & SINKER  —  It seems the AP has fallen for the McCain campaign's and the RNC's effort to prevent anyone from using McCain's own words against him during the 2008 presidential campaign.  As noted earlier, what the McCain campaign is pushing for here is a standard …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Democrats Divided Over Gas Tax Break  —  WASHINGTON — As angry truckers encircled the Capitol in a horn-blaring caravan and consumers across the country agonized over $60 fill-ups, the issue of high fuel prices flared on the campaign trail on Monday, sharply dividing the two Democratic candidates.
Nitya / Political Radar:
Clinton Makes Rocky Balboa Look like a Pansy?  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton received the endorsement of North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley Tuesday morning in Raleigh, NC.  After touring a bio-manufacturing training center, Gov. Easley …
Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
The New, New Math  —  Despite the recent show of strength by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., the odds against her winning the Democratic presidential nomination are as imposing as ever — and probably worse.  —  There was a time when one of the stronger arguments in favor of nominating …
Discussion: Donklephant
Charles S. Johnson / Billings Gazette:
Clinton accepts debate invite
Discussion: The Confluence
Indianapolis Star:
Live at 3 p.m. today at Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Discussion: NO QUARTER and The Page
Confederate Yankee:
The DNC IED  —  Several people have forwarded me a link this morning to the Democratic National Committee ad against John McCain that shows two American soldiers at the moment an explosion goes off beside them.  —  The soldiers are on screen for just a split-second, just long enough for viewers …
Discussion: and QandO
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Exclusive: Iowa superdelegate to endorse Obama  —  Winthrop farmer Richard Machacek, an Iowa superdelegate, said today he is pledging to support Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.  —  Machacek, a member of the Democratic National Committee, had been uncommitted.  He said he saw little difference between …
Discussion: MSNBC and The Page
Scott Goldberg / KARE-TV:
Police looking for meth lab, find fish tank  —  Brooklyn Park police were looking for a meth lab, but they found a fish tank and the chemicals needed to maintain it.  —  And a few hours later, when the city sent a contractor to fix the door the police had smashed open Monday afternoon …
Elana Schor / Guardian:
Cheney lawyer claims Congress has no authority over vice-president  —  The lawyer for US vice-president Dick Cheney claimed today that the Congress lacks any authority to examine his behaviour on the job.  —  The exception claimed by Cheney's counsel came in response to requests …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
SHOULD WE WORRY ABOUT JOHN MCCAIN'S TEMPER?  —  So, a fresh and sly political subtext in a very bizarre campaign season.  The two Democratic nominees remain icily calm when in each other's vicinity—plain as it is that they cordially loathe and despise one another—while huge shudders …
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
U.S. Was ‘Clueless’ on Counterinsurgency  —  WASHINGTON — Paul Wolfowitz, in his first public remarks on the Iraq war in years, said the American government was “pretty much clueless on counterinsurgency” in the first year of the war.  —  The former deputy secretary of defense said yesterday …
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Heads for Superdelegate Edge  —  Candidate Benefits  —  From Calculations  —  Of Elected Officials  —  Despite his loss in Pennsylvania and other campaign bumps, Barack Obama is heavily favored to win what will be the final and decisive contest for the Democratic presidential nomination …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Oliver Willis
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How Obama and McCain Keep Sister Souljah-ing the Wrong People
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If You Change Your Sex, Are You Still Married?
Discussion: New York Times and Feministe
Jonathan Kay / National Post:
The Canadian Islamic Congress tries for a ceasefire …
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Chinese Students in U.S. Fight Unwelcome Images of Home
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Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Trust McCain More than Either Democratic Candidate on Key Issues
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton supporter invited Wright
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and GINA COBB
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Son's Own Orbit
DeWayne Wickham / USA Today:
Democrats need dream ticket, but selling it won't be easy
Discussion: Shakesville