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4:05 PM ET, April 30, 2008


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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 …
Sue Sturgis / Facing South:
FACING SOUTH EXCLUSIVE: D.C. nonprofit aimed at women voters behind deceptive N.C. robo-calls  —  Who's behind the mysterious “robo-calls” that have spread misleading voter information and sown confusion and frustration among North Carolina residents over the last week?
Steven Ginsberg / The Trail:
Clinton Exuding Confidence  —  South Bend, Ind. — As Hillary Clinton continues virtually nonstop campaigning between North Carolina and Indiana, the candidate and her team are showing signs of increased confidence.  —  After spending weeks blasting Barack Obama at any potential opening …
Discussion: Commentary
Page Gardner / The Huffington Post:
Confusion Surrounding Robo-Calls in North Carolina  —  This week, more than 276,000 North Carolina residents received a voter registration application from Women's Voices, Women Vote.  North Carolina is one of 24 states where we mailed a total of more than 3 million voter registration applications.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Name Now Toxic In Mississippi For One Democrat  —  Travis Childers, the Democratic congressional candidate who has the chance to flip Mississippi's first congressional district from Republican to Democrat, is so concerned with Mississippi voters falsely believing that he's been endorsed …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Economy grows by only 0.6 percent in 1st quarter of 2008 … 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.  —  The country's economic growth during …
Marc Ambinder:
Chelsea Picks Up A Puerto Rico Superdelegate For Her Mother  —  Chelsea Clinton just bagged a superdelegate for her mother.  The youngest Clinton is campaigning today in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  A few moments ago, at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon, Luisette Cabanas, an unpledged superdelegate …
Hillary Clinton picks up a Pa. superdelegate
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
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.
Mark Morford / San Francisco Chronicle:
Hot!  —  Behold, the ideal Republican wife: Prim, sexless, nearly useless, lets the men do the real thinkin'.  Hot!  —  I fondly recall, just before the tragic Bush/Kerry presidential election, an impassioned discussion I had with a family friend, a conservative Catholic mother of four …
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton blasts Bush for not stopping a project Bill OK'd  —  INDIANAPOLIS — It's a story Hillary Clinton loves to tell, about how the Chinese government bought a good American company in Indiana, laid off all its workers and moved its critical defense technology work to China.
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Rep. Capps to endorse Obama  —  A California congresswoman with long ties to both Clintons will announce her endorsement of Barack Obama today, a campaign source said.  —  Rep. Lois Capps, who represents a district on California's central coast, is the third member of Congress to announce …
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama and wife, Michelle: Mutual TV appearance upcoming
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 …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Why John McCain Wants You To Give Up Your Health Insurance  —  The McCain Agenda: McCain believes that Americans use too much health care, and he has created a plan that will make care less affordable so millions of Americans will use less.  —  It's 3 a.m. and your child is awake.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Obama's Favorable Rating Drops  —  Nearly half of Democrats (48 percent) think Hillary Clinton has a better chance of beating John McCain in November — 10 percentage points higher than the 38 percent who think Barack Obama can win, according to a FOX News poll released Wednesday.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Strata-Sphere
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Science Equals Murder  —  In an interview with the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Ben Stein said the following amazing thing in an interview with Paul Crouch, Jr. … You can see the whole shameful thing here.  It's a pity Crouch didn't invite the Rev. Jeremiah Wright into the studio for a three-way conversation.
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Hillary Clinton / CNN:
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Michelle Malkin:
Berkeley College Republicans apply for same protest privileges as Code Pink
Discussion: Daily Californian
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