• In Indianapolis yesterday, Hillary Clinton claimed that she now holds a lead in the popular vote, while the Barack Obama camp criticized her numbers, which include MI and FL (Detroit News).
• Also in Indianapolis yesterday, HRC "pressed for a showdown" with Obama, drawing one of the "largest roars" from the crowd when she proclaimed she "would love to have a debate here in Indiana" (Indianapolis Star-News).
• A Clinton aide "did not rule out running some version" of the ad they ran in the final days of the PA race "showing images of the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor and Osama bin Laden" in IN (New York Times).
• Speaking yesterday in New Albany, IN, Obama "predicted victory" in the primary, "despite an electorate that closely mirrors states where he has recently suffered sizable losses" (Chicago Tribune).
• NE's final undecided superdelegate Audra Ostergard endorsed Obama yesterday (release).
• And in a sign that the HRC camp is "worried about more superdelegates endorsing" Obama, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) is pressing "his state's House members to delay endorsing, rather than lobbying them to come out in favor" of HRC (TPM).
• Giving "Obama's critics more fodder," Rev. Jeremiah Wright will speak at the Nat'l Press Club on 4/28 about "offering perspective on black churches" (Chicago Sun-Times).
• Meanwhile, ex-Weather Undergrounder Bill Ayers hasn't made a public response to the controversy surrounding his ties with Obama because "he doesn't want to feed the flawed 'narrative' out in the media" (Los Angeles Times).
• Talking about his faith yesterday, John McCain was "guarded about his current plans" to be baptized again, calling it "a private thing" (CNN).
• Apparently McCain manager Rick Davis called the NC GOP chair 4/22 "and left a long message urging the state party not to run" the Obama/Wright ad. The camp also recruited Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) "to make the same request -- but the effort was apparently unsuccessful" (Los Angeles Times).
• Yesterday, NC GOP chair Linda Daves confirmed "she would not bow to pressure" from McCain, the RNC and others to pull the ad (Charlotte Observer).
• According to FEC reports, Obama "continued accepting donations from oil company" execs and employees last month even as he aired ads in which he stated he took no oil company money (Los Angeles Times).
• Insurance commis. John Oxendine (R) filed paperwork yesterday to begin raising money to run for GA GOV in 2010 ("Political Insider").
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Pres. Bush's videotaped cameo on "Deal or No Deal" just so happened to coincide with the show's "worst-ever Monday-night performance" -- down 27% from its season average (New York Post).
• Anonymous law enforcement sources said another prostitute has come forward with details of ex-NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer's sexual habits, including his "penchant for props" (New York Post).
• Rep. Jim McCrery's (R-LA) said he's given his abandoned Ford Taurus -- usually "sitting lonely in the basement of the Rayburn" garage and "covered in black dust"-- a new battery and a bath (The Hill).
• Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) was spotted being driven around Pennsylvania Ave "in a sparkling new Jaguar," because his other Jaguar was "in the shop for routine maintenance" (Roll Call).
• Apparently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi skipped out on MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech to prepare for her wedding ("Yeas & Nays").
• A Brown Univ student was apprehended by campus police last night after allegedly throwing "what appeared to be green whipped cream" at New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (Providence Journal).
• Marking the one-year anniversary of when he came under FBI scrutiny, the DCCC recruited a Jack Abramoff-look-alike to deliver a gift -- a package of golf balls-- to Rep. Tom Feeney's (R-FL) office to mark the occasion (Wake-Up Call! sources).
• More than 40 VA legislators signed a letter yesterday asking VA Gov. Tim Kaine "to declare a state of emergency to help watermen" hurt by the blue crab emergency (AP).
• NJ Gov. Jon Corzine (D) got a private tour of NJ's newest megamall complete with an "18-screen movie theater, 800-foot indoor ski slope and skydiving wind tunnels" (Newark Star-Ledger).
• "Alligators proliferate in Florida. They eat small dogs" -- Jeb Bush, scaring people (AP/Panama City News Herald).
• A spokesperson for Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) is insisting that his nearly $300 campaign expenditure for "lodging" at the Capitol Hill dive bar, the Tune Inn, was really for "food" for a "voter appreciation/campaign meeting" ("The Sleuth").
• Jimmy Kimmel, on HRC making a fundraising appeal during her PA victory speech: "If only she knew a very wealthy former president who made $30 million for his autobiography" ("Jimmy Kimmel Live").
• The Beehive Band performs traditional UT and Mormon music (Kennedy Center, 6 pm).
• "Creative vocalist" Gino Sitson performs jazz, gospel, blues and more (Alliance Francaise de Washington, 6:30 pm).
• "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" (today).
"You Don't Need A Weatherman to Know Which Candidate Blows" -- Ann Coulter, on the direction of the wind (release).
Nora McAlvanah, Editor Maura O'Brien, Associate Editor