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2:45 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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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?
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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
Steven Ginsberg / The Trail:
Clinton Exuding Confidence
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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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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.
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.
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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Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
U.S. Role Deepens in Sadr City
Discussion: Attackerman and NewsBusters.org
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 …
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.
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama campaign files FEC complaint against pro-Clinton group  —  (CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign has filed a formal complaint over a pro-Hillary Clinton group running ads attacking the Illinois senator on jobs and the economy in the critical primary state of Indiana.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A complaint against ALP  —  More tough talk on the pro-Clinton …
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
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 …
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.
 
 
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Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Americans unload prized belongings to make ends meet
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Science Equals Murder
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Limbaugh calls for restart to ‘Operation Chaos’
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Top-of-Mind Candidate Perceptions In-Depth
Discussion: The Swamp and Hot Air
Michelle Malkin:
Berkeley College Republicans apply for same protest privileges as Code Pink
Discussion: Daily Californian
New York Times:
Shortages Threaten Farmers' Key Tool: Fertilizer
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Why John McCain Wants You To Give Up Your Health Insurance
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Marc Ambinder:
Chelsea Picks Up A Puerto Rico Superdelegate For Her Mother
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PennLive.com:
Hillary Clinton picks up a Pa. superdelegate
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Donklephant
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BREAKING: MCCAIN UPS THE ANTE
Discussion: Marc Ambinder, MyDD and Too Sense
Michelle Malkin:
Mystery at Goose Creek update: Bombs away
Discussion: TBO.com and The Jawa Report
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard Blog:
McCarthy on Mylroie  —  Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
McCain Strengthening His Political Marriage
Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
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John M. Murtagh / NY Daily News:
Be Our Guest: Obama pal is an enemy, too
Benjamin J. Romano / Seattle Times:
Microsoft device helps police pluck evidence from cyberscene of crime
Discussion: Threat Level, Digg and Engadget