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10:05 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.
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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:
Mr. Obama and Rev. Wright  —  It took more time than it should have, but on Tuesday Barack Obama firmly rejected the racism and paranoia of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., and he made it clear that the preacher does not represent him, his politics or his campaign.
Discussion: Hot Air, goodCRIMETHINK and AMERICAblog
Byron York / The Corner:
Why the Wright Problem Won't Go Away  —  I've got a new piece up on the Jeremiah Wright problem that remains for Barack Obama: … By the way, I've gotten a few emails from people who think that perhaps I've been too hard on the New York Times news pages for failing, in all this time …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and DownWithTyranny!
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.
Megan McArdle:
The health of a nation  —  Just got off the McCain campaign's conference call on its health care agenda.  No earth shaking news, but it was interesting listening to the campaign defending its choices.  —  The plan's heart is mostly in the right place: break the link between employment and health care …
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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
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Hillary's Interview With the Indianapolis Star  —  Bump and Update: From Hillary's interview with the Indianapolis Star today (video below):' … More...  Hillary Clinton sat down with the Indianapolis Star today for a long interview.  I haven't watched yet, but the reader who sent it to me says …
Discussion: Anglachel's Journal
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Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Clinton to Democrats: Don't switch sides
Discussion: The Page
FactCheck.org:
DNC vs. McCain  —  Two Democratic Party TV ads hit McCain on Iraq and the economy.  We supply context and corrections.  —  The Democratic National Committee has produced two TV ads against McCain, hoping to soften him up while the party figures out who its own presidential nominee will be.
RushLimbaugh.com:
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.
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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 and The Page
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
WAR AND DECISION: A WORD FROM DOUGLAS FEITH  —  Douglas Feith served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from July 2001 until August 2005.  His government service extends back to work at the NSC and the Pentagon during the Reagan administration.  His work at the Pentagon during …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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 …
iowahawk:
Advice for the Lovelorn  —  Dear Barry:  —  I've been married to the same wonderful man — Let's call him “Jeremiah” — for 20 years.  He's a great provider and we live in a beautiful home.  He dotes on me and treats me like a queen; even after twenty years he still brings me little gifts and opens doors for me.
 
 
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