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Will the Democrats blow a sure thing?

Historically, the majority party in the U.S. House loses seats following off-year gains. So Democratic leaders began this election season believing that with an unpopular Republican lame duck president, a stalemated war and a faltering economy, they could beat those historic odds dramatically. They still do. But now that optimism has an asterisk next to it.
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Hillary’s big kitchen strategy

If you haven't viewed the "attack" ad that is generating so much anger against Hillary Rodham Clinton, at least in the Ivory Tower offices of The New York Times and among many Barack Obama supporters, you owe it to yourself to watch it.
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War envy, mass psychosis & McCain

War is a form of mass psychosis, during which horrifying acts are transformed into heroic deeds, through the magical moral disinfectant of state sanction. A nice example of this is provided by an urban legend, which for the last couple of years has circulated on the Internet as a purportedly true story. Here's the most popular version of it:
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So much for the bluebird of happiness

The Pennsylvania primary has come and gone. The people have spoken or inadvertently burped, as the case may be. Anyway, what a relief that everybody around here can shut up for a while. But it is not clear what we have learned in the process, except that the next time George Stephanopoulos appears with his grubby questions in a TV debate, someone should bring a fly swatter.
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North Carolina: Just an afterthought

Now the Democratic presidential race comes to North Carolina -- sort of. While this was once seen as a possible make-it-or-break-it state in the Democratic presidential nomination fight, it seems increasingly likely that the candidates will be paying more attention to Indiana, which also holds its primary May 6.
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Even with win, Clinton still the underdog

Still the underdog in a contest that won't quit, Hillary Rodham Clinton pulled off a feisty act of political survival in the Pennsylvania primary, defeating Barack Obama to keep her Democratic presidential hopes alive. The New York senator's comfortable win sends the race on to North Carolina, where the flush-with-money Obama is favored; and Indiana, where the two are close. Obama was able to stave off an eyebrow-arching blowout by Clinton even while falling short in his effort to bring the polarizing competition effectively to a close. Clinton beat him by about 10 points.
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Clinton declared winner in Pennsylvania

Hillary Rodham Clinton won the Pennsylvania primary Tuesday night, defeating Barack Obama and staving off elimination in their riveting race for the Democratic presidential nomination. The former first lady was winning 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent for her rival with 19 percent of the vote counted, and she hoped for significant inroads into Obama's overall lead in the competition for delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Clinton scored her victory by winning the votes of blue-collar workers, women and white men in an election where the economy was the dominant concern. More than 80 percent of voters surveyed as they left their polling places said the nation was already in a recession.
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Surviving to fight another day

Hillary Clinton should savor the moment. Soon enough, she must face the reality of time and money running out on her once-invincible campaign. Her win Tuesday in the important swing state of Pennsylvania was hard-fought and decisive. Barack Obama's well-funded effort to shut her down did not come close to an upset.
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