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Monday’s quickie political briefing

Obama questions Clinton’s opposition to free trade agreements

McCain says he supports bill to protect identity of confidential news sources

Clinton says she would correct husband’s NAFTA mistakes

McCain seen as independent despite conservative voting record

Today’s fun video

Barack Obama has a 10-point lead nationally over Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential race, 50 percent to 40 percent, in the latest Gallup Poll. The survey had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The poll was conducted April 11-13 and involved interviews with 1,271 Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters. The survey was a tracking poll, in which Gallup interviews voters every night and uses the results from the three most recent evenings.

Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton attend a forum on manufacturing in Pittsburgh. Obama later addresses The Associated Press’ annual meeting in Washington. John McCain spoke at AP’s annual meeting.
“You can’t say you are opposed to the Colombia trade deal, while your key strategist is working for the Colombian government to get the deal passed. That’s not respect. That’s just more of the same old Washington politics.” — Democrat Barack Obama, chiding rival Hillary Rodham Clinton who opposes the policy that her top campaign strategist, Mark Penn, helped the Colombian government push. Penn has since been demoted.
According to a recent Associated Press-Ipsos national poll, about a quarter of Barack Obama supporters say they’ll vote for Republican John McCain if Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Democratic presidential nominee. About a third of Clinton supporters say they would vote for McCain if it’s Obama.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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