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7:00 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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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 …
Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
Political Pandering  —  Suspending the federal gas tax is a crass ploy for votes.  Why Hillary Clinton and John McCain should know better.  —  NEWSWEEK WEB EXCLUSIVE  —  Hillary Clinton has now joined John McCain in proposing the most irresponsible policy idea of the year—an idea that actually could aid the terrorists.
Steven Ginsberg / The Trail:
Clinton Pulls Even on the Air
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Human Events:
Outlook  — Prospects have brightened a little for Sen …
Discussion: The Corner and Hot Air
Alister Bull / Reuters:
Clinton-McCain gas tax holiday slammed as bad idea
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.
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Virtual Tie Persists in Democratic Race  —  Clinton 47%, Obama 46% in latest update  —  PRINCETON, NJ — National Democratic voters are essentially divided in their presidential nomination preferences between Hillary Clinton (47%) and Barack Obama (46%), according to April 27-29 Gallup Poll Daily tracking results.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder, MyDD and Donklephant
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
Patsy R. Brumfield / Tupelo Daily Journal:
1st District ads pour gasoline on burning fire
Discussion: The Page
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.
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Hoosier Responsible?  —  Clinton Decries China's Acquisition of Indiana Company — Ignoring Her Husband's Role in the Sale  —  As she campaigns throughout Indiana, Sen. Hillary Clinton has been talking quite a bit about Magnequench, a Valparaiso, Ind., factory that moved 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.
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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: Stop The ACLU and The Other McCain
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Michelle Malkin:   Laura Bush hatred at the SF Chronicle
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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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.
Ali / Think Progress:
Perino Rewrites Banner: ‘Mission Accomplished For These Sailors Who Are On This Ship On Their Mission’  —  Exactly five years ago tomorrow, President Bush landed aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, stood under a banner proclaiming “Mission Accomplished,” and declared, “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.”
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Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
Cheney's Office: (Do Not) Save The Whales
Nikki Finke / Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily:
Tim Russert Blackballing Arianna At NBC?  —  UPDATE: Sources close to Arianna Huffington are claiming just that.  Arianna Huffington is currently on book tour for her new political tome Right Is Wrong: How The Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded The Constitution, And Made Us All Less Safe …
Discussion: Brave New Films blog
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.
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 …
 
 
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James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
When Democrats Go Post-al
Discussion: TalkLeft
Nick Denton / Gawker:
Civil War At The Wall Street Journal
City Journal:
Fire in the Night  —  During the April 16 debate between Hillary …
Moira Whelan / democracyarsenal.org:
John McCain's “100 Years” putting the controversy to rest
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
John McCain's One Hundred Years in Iraq (Guest Voice)
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Ben Smith / The Politico:
ALP responds: A ‘double standard’
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
McCain's Fragile Candidacy
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Who is the Dr. Frankenstein of this Monstrous Situation?
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: 'We Didn't Invade Iraq'
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama and wife, Michelle: Mutual TV appearance upcoming
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Obama can transform America's image, says Jimmy Carter
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Americans unload prized belongings to make ends meet
Discussion: Wonkette
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Limbaugh calls for restart to ‘Operation Chaos’
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Why John McCain Wants You To Give Up Your Health Insurance