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11:40 AM ET, April 30, 2008

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Michelle Malkin:
All aboard the Jive Talk Express  —  My syndicated column today deconstructs Barack Obama's pitiful performance yesterday.  Try as he might, he simply cannot disown the un-disownable preacher of hate.  That press conference yesterday renders the Philadelphia speech from March null and void.
Discussion: Althouse and Dr. Melissa Clouthier
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why'd Obama Join Trinity in the First Place?  —  The question is worth revisiting now that his ex-pastor is threatening his entire campaign.  —  I've heard two basic theories since the Wright tapes first surfaced in March.  The first is cynical: Obama was a black politician in Chicago …
New York Times:
Taking Sharp Tone, Obama Breaks With Ex-Pastor  —  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.
Byron York / The Corner:
Why the Wright Problem Won't Go Away
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Betrayal  —  I have frankly been a little bit confused …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Salon and Crooks and Liars
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Dumb as We Wanna Be  —  It is great to see that we finally have some national unity on energy policy.  Unfortunately, the unifying idea is so ridiculous, so unworthy of the people aspiring to lead our nation, it takes your breath away.  Hillary Clinton has decided to line up with John McCain …
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The Politico:
Obama may win Hill superdelegate fight  —  Capitol Hill insiders say the battle for congressional superdelegates is over, and one Senate supporter of Barack Obama is hinting strongly that he has prevailed over Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  While more than 80 Democrats in the House and Senate …
MSNBC:
April 27: Howard Dean, political roundtable  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday:  —  SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (D-NY): I have received more votes by the people who have voted than anybody else.  —  SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): If we've won the most delegates from the voters …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan and Political Punch
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Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Economy grows by only 0.6 percent in first quarter  —  Economy limps ahead at a 0.6 percent pace in first quarter, better pace than expected  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The bruised economy limped through the first quarter, growing at just a 0.6 percent pace as housing and credit problems forced people and businesses alike to hunker down.
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Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy Expanded at 0.6% Pace in First Quarter
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
REV-ENGE IS SWEET FOR ‘BETRAYED’ PASTOR  —  ALBANY - The Rev. Jeremiah Wright would be happy to see Barack Obama's presidential campaign derailed because the pastor is fuming that his former congregant has “betrayed” their 20-year relationship,  —  The Post has learned.
Matthew Yglesias:
Trade-Offs  —  Here's Randy Scheunemann, John McCain's top foreign policy aide, talking about Georgia and U.S.-Russian relations and casually dropping tid-bits of his bizarre theoretical approach.  For example, here's his view of diplomacy: … That's right, he thinks the entire process …
Discussion: Attackerman
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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Georgia: ‘Most Important To Have Western Unity’ In Face Of Russian Moves
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Floyd Abrams / Wall Street Journal:
Foreign Law and the First Amendment  —  Late in 1941, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion which, for the first time in our history, starkly distinguished American protection of speech from that of England.  —  Two union members had been convicted of assaulting nonunion truck drivers.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP gives Clinton the silent treatment  —  Hillary Clinton's decisive Pennsylvania primary win last week may have reinvigorated her campaign, but you wouldn't know it from listening to the Republican party.  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee has purchased $500,000 in anti-Barack …
John M. Murtagh / NY Daily News:
Be Our Guest: Obama pal is an enemy, too  —  During the April 16 debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, moderator George Stephanopoulos brought up “a gentleman named William Ayers,” who “was part of the Weather Underground in the 1970s.  They bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol and other buildings.
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and Media Blog
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The Moderate Voice:
In Which I Join Barack Obama & Stanley Fish In Line For the Bill Ayers Guillotine
Discussion: The G Spot and Matthew Yglesias
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Getting to Know John McCain  —  It came to me while I was having dinner with Doris Day.  No, not that Doris Day.  The Doris Day who is married to Col. Bud Day, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, fighter pilot, Vietnam POW and roommate of John McCain at the Hanoi Hilton.
Discussion: Don Surber, Betsy's Page and The Page
Benjamin J. Romano / Seattle Times:
Microsoft device helps police pluck evidence from cyberscene of crime  —  Microsoft has developed a small plug-in device that investigators can use to quickly extract forensic data from computers that may have been used in crimes.  —  The COFEE, which stands for Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor …
Discussion: Digg and Engadget
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
In Evoking Good of '90s, Clinton Risks Memories of the Bad  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sen. Hillary Clinton is reminding economically hard-hit voters how much better they had it in the 1990s, but bringing up the past also risks taking them back to the scandals and partisan divides associated …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Page
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Brian Williams' “response” to the military analyst story  —  It has now been more than ten days since the New York Times exposed the Pentagon's domestic propaganda program involving retired generals and, still, not a single major news network has even mentioned the story to their viewers …
Discussion: UT Documents and MSNBC
 
 
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McCain eyes voting ‘no’ on the farm bill
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Huckabee: Private school worth effort
Associated Press:
Aide says Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley to endorse Obama
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Gas prices fuel effort to jam GOP
Wall Street Journal:
Countrywide Loss Focuses Attention on Underwriting
Discussion: Open Left and The Bonddad Blog
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Hiring leaps in public sector
CBS News:
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
WAR AND DECISION: A WORD FROM DOUGLAS FEITH
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GI bill sparks Senate war
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Discussion: The New Republic and normblog
Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Clinton to Dems: Don't switch sides
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Gaming Indiana  —  THE QUIRKY STATE VOTING LAW THAT COULD AFFECT TUESDAY'S PRIMARY.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Slobodan Lekic / Associated Press:
US troop deaths hit 7-month high in Iraq
baldilocks:
View From Under The Bus (UPDATED)
iowahawk:
Advice for the Lovelorn
Discussion: Argghhh! and Jules Crittenden