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In Baghdad, Obama Presses Iraqi Leader to Unite Factions New York Times | On surprise trip, Obama rallies the troops and reiterates plan to pull them out by the end of 2011.
Iraq and Obama's War Washington Post: 44 | Obama is in Iraq, but the war in Afghanistan is the real test for his presidency, Dan Balz writes.
Stevens Judge Orders Prosecution Investigation Anchorage Daily News | "In 25 years on the bench, I've never seen anything approaching the mishandling and misconduct that I've seen in this case," judge says. Wow.
Franken Extends Lead Over Coleman Minneapolis Star-Tribune | Franken keeps gaining votes, as Coleman plans appeal to Minn. Supreme Court.
From 'Post-Partisanship' To Polarization National Journal | Obama's popularity with GOP voters, or lack thereof, doesn't really matter as long as he keeps Independents happy.
Poll Finds New Optimism on Economy Since Inauguration New York Times | The best story of the day for the Obama administration. The more people think the economy is improving, the more it will be so.
Obama Sells Himself to Sell U.S. Politico | Obama reaches out abroad by portraying himself as a citizen of the world.
Gates Announces Major Cuts in Defense Budget Stars and Stripes | Pentagon chief will take on military-industrial complex and Congress. Does Obama have his back?
Political Donations Slide Amid Slump Wall Street Journal | A heartbreaking tale -- members of Congress finally feel the effects of the recession.
Most in State Say Paterson Shouldn't Run Next Year Buffalo News | Ladies and gentlemen, meet the least popular governor in the history of the world.

By Ben Pershing  |  April 7, 2009; 4:21 PM ET
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