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1:50 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 …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHAT THE GAS HOLIDAY COULD BE.  —  . They know how to imply that Barack Obama has had bad friends, and Hillary Clinton tells lies, and John McCain — well, they know how to doodle his initials inside a sparkly heart.  What they don't know how to do, however, is say that one candidate's health plan …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: FIRST QUARTER 2008 (ADVANCE)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 0.6 percent in the first quarter of 2008, according to advance estimates released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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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CBS News:
“Hostile” Iran Sparks U.S. Attack Plan  —  Pentagon Wary Of Tehran's Expanding Nuclear Program And Support Of Iraqi Insurgents  —  (CBS) A second American aircraft carrier steamed into the Persian Gulf on Tuesday as the Pentagon ordered military commanders to develop new options for attacking Iran.
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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.
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 …
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 …
Sue Sturgis / Facing South:
FACING SOUTH EXCLUSIVE: D.C. nonprofit aimed at women voters behind deceptive N.C. robo-calls … 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 …
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 …
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.
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
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Steven Ginsberg / The Trail:   Clinton Exuding Confidence
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton blasts Bush for not stopping a project her husband approved  —  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.
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 …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BREAKING: MCCAIN UPS THE ANTE  —  It turns out that a hundred years in Iraq really is for wussies.  TPM video czar Ben Craw has just dug up this January appearance in which Sen. McCain upped the ante to a million years in Iraq ...
Discussion: Marc Ambinder, MyDD and Too Sense
 
 
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Marc Ambinder:
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Michelle Malkin:
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Matthew Yglesias:
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
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David Rogers / The Politico:
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Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
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