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11:55 AM ET, March 17, 2008

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Marc Ambinder:
Kristol Fails To Check His Sources, And So Bungles Key Fact In Anti-Obama Column  —  Bill Kristol's New York Times column about Barack Obama this morning contains a major, prejudicial error.  —  Paragraph five: … The error is in trusting the source without checking.
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William Kristol / New York Times:
Generation Obama?  Perhaps Not.  —  Sunday evening, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner held a “Generation Obama” fund-raiser at Boston's Rumor Nightclub.  In case you're not up on the Boston club scene, I should tell you that Rumor “brings together the sexiest and hippest people from around the globe” …
Ronald Kessler / NewsMax.com:
Washington Insider with Ronald Kessler  —  Obama Attended Hate America Sermon  —  Contrary to Senator Barack Obama's claim that he never heard his pastor Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. preach hatred of America, Obama was in the pews last July 22 when the minister blamed the “white arrogance” …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
I Don't Know What You Did Last Summer  —  Barack catches a break [but Ambinder and Sully need to give me a break - see below] - the NewsMax reporter who claimed Obama was in the church nodding in agreement during yet another of Jeremiah Wright's speeches has a space-time problem.  From NewsMax:
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 8% Have Favorable Opinion of Pastor Jeremiah Wright  —  Pastor Jeremiah Wright, who has become part of the national political dialogue in recent days, is viewed favorably by 8% of voters nationwide.  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 58% have an unfavorable view …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
USA Today:   Obama faces questions over ties to controversial minister
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The B Word  —  O.K., here it comes: The unthinkable is about to become the inevitable.  —  Last week, Robert Rubin, the former Treasury secretary, and John Lipsky, a top official at the International Monetary Fund, both suggested that public funds might be needed to rescue the U.S. financial system.
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Megan McArdle:
Sold!  —  So JP Morgan has agreed to buy Bear Stearns at $2 a share.  As others have already pointed out, this is, from the point of view of the shareholders, just barely better than bankruptcy.  Talk of a bailout of the bank is silly—this wasn't a bailout; it was an orderly winding-up of business.
Reuters:
Bear Stearns Chairman Played Cards Amid Crisis-WSJ  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bear Stearns Cos Inc (BSC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) Chairman Jimmy Cayne was playing cards in a tournament late last week while his company's future appeared to be at risk, according a published report.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Foreign investors veto Fed rescue
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Fed Acts to Rescue Financial Markets
Wall Street Journal:
The Buck Stops Where?  —  In the credit market panic that began …
Discussion: Donklephant
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Bush Is Becoming Hoover; Where is FDR?
Associated Press:
JPMorgan to buy Bear for $2 a share
Discussion: Facing South
Lesley Clark / MiamiHerald.com:
Democrats unable to agree on Florida do-over  —  The ongoing problem of how to resolve Florida's outsider status in the presidential race continued to divide Democrats.  —  AIM  —  lclark@MiamiHerald.com  —  As the Florida Democratic Party gets ready to decide Monday whether to pull …
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Detroit News:
Legislation for do-over is in limbo  —  Obama must agree to repeat election before bill is written  —  LANSING — State lawmakers looking at a Democratic presidential primary redo in Michigan appear to be locked in a standoff heading into a crucial week: Legislative leaders say the U.S …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Detroit News:
Obama, Clinton campaigns still at odds over Michigan redo
Discussion: MSNBC
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
I WAS MCG AND WIFE'S THREE-WAY SEX STUD: EX-DRIVER  —  A former driver and aide to former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey yesterday made the bombshell claim that Dina Matos McGreevey must have always known her husband was gay - because he was the other man in bed with them.
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Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Many voting for Clinton to boost GOP  —  Seek to prolong bitter battle  —  For a party that loves to hate the Clintons, Republican voters have cast an awful lot of ballots lately for Senator Hillary Clinton: About 100,000 GOP loyalists voted for her in Ohio, 119,000 in Texas, and about 38,000 in Mississippi, exit polls show.
HillaryClinton.com:
Hillary Clinton: Ready to End the War in Iraq  —  Today, in a major speech ahead of the five year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, Hillary Clinton outlined new proposals that build on her three-part plan to end the war responsibly.  Five years after the start of the war, we have come to a crossroads.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Real Clear Politics
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Obama's Brother in China  —  So there I was, a couple of weeks back, sitting under a mango tree in western Kenya, when Senator Barack Obama's half-sister Auma says to me:  —  “My daughter's father is British.  My mom's brother is married to a Russian.  I have a brother in China engaged to a Chinese woman.”
 
 
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