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4:20 PM ET, April 29, 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.
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?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A ‘big press conference’ on Wright  —  Obama is asked about Wright by a woman in Winston-Salem who tells the audience to watch his PBS interview, which will quell their concerns.  —  “I'm going to be having a big press conference afterward to talk about this Obama says …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Press conference: Obama shocked, shocked at Wright's behavior; Update: Video added  —  Imagine his surprise at finding that his spiritual mentor of 20 years is a preening, hateful, attention whore.  I missed the beginning so I don't know yet if he did indeed disown the man he could no sooner disown …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Press Club president responds: Reynolds pitched Rev. Wright two years ago
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Why the Jeremiah Wright story deserves more attention
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Swampland
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Obama Kicks Wright In the Junk
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Mary Katharine Ham / TownHall Blog:
Someone Was Doing Wright-Polling in N.C.
Discussion: Right Angles and The Campaign Spot
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama On Wright: “I Might Not Know Him As Well As I Thought”
Discussion: Donklephant
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
The Pastor Casts a Shadow
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Making it personal  —  The shift in Obama's approach …
Discussion: The New Republic
Nitya / Political Radar:
Gingrich: Wright May Be Deliberately Trying to Hurt Obama
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and The Page
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% …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Democrats Divided Over Gas Tax Break
Washington Wire:
Clinton Touts Her Plan to Curb Gas Prices
Discussion: The Page
Obama Pledges to Return to Message, Avoid Negative Campaigning
Discussion: MyDD
Dean Baker / American Prospect:   The NYT Allows Senator Clinton to Lie to Hard-Hit Middle-Class …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Says He's Outraged by Ex-Pastor's Comments  —  WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - For the second day in a row, Senator Barack Obama sought to distance himself from the remarks made by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., and forcefully denounced the incendiary comments he feared would provide “comfort to those who prey on hate.”
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Obama says he's outraged by former pastor's comments  —  WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Tuesday he was outraged by the latest divisive comments from his former pastor and rejected the notion that he secretly agrees with him.
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Denounces Wright
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Salon
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama strongly denounces former pastor
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and AMERICAblog
Randyj / The Page:
Obama Cuts Wright Loose
Discussion: The News Buckit
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 …
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 …
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Question of the day: Where did the DNC get its IED footage?
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
New York Post:
SHARPTON RAPS OBAMA  —  Barack Obama made a call for nonviolence in the aftermath of the Sean Bell verdict - infuriating the Rev. Al Sharpton, who accused the presidential candidate of trying to “grandstand in front of white people,” sources told The Post.  —  During what a source described as a …
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 …
Elizabeth Donatelli / WAVE-TV:
Chandler announces endorsement for Obama  —  Updated:  —  LOUISVILLE (WAVE) — Hoosier voters head to the polls next week, but the presidential hopefuls are already looking ahead to the Kentucky primary.  Tuesday morning, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama picked up a big endorsement.
Discussion: MSNBC and TPM Election Central
Jonathan Kay / National Post:
The Canadian Islamic Congress tries for a ceasefire — but they've already lost the war  —  The following press release (see below) just landed in my inbox: Apparently, the Canadian Islamic Congress is going to announce that it's seeking some kind of plea bargain with Maclean's magazine …
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Bush calls out Congress on economy
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Dan Hayes /
Bob Barr: Why I Want To Be President
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama Divorces Wright
Marty Nemko / Chronicle of Higher Education:
America's Most Overrated Product: the Bachelor's Degree
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Andrew Norfolk / Times of London:
BBC ‘censored Christian party broadcast’
Discussion: Spectator
Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Dukakis: It's Probably Obama in '08, But the Campaign Needs to Improve
Discussion: The Page
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How Obama and McCain Keep Sister Souljah-ing the Wrong People
Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
The New, New Math  —  Despite the recent show of strength …
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Heads for Superdelegate Edge
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Police looking for meth lab, find fish tank
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