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4:15 AM ET, March 23, 2008

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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
A Century in Iraq, if it works right: Obama adviser
Fox News:   Passport Investigation Scrutinizes Employee of Firm With a Tie to Obama
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Edges Ahead of Clinton  —  Democratic nomination preference: Obama 48%, Clinton 45%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has quickly made up the deficit he faced with Hillary Clinton earlier this week, with the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update on Democratic presidential …
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Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Bill Clinton: Democratic race could come down to NC vote
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Matthew Yglesias:
Hillary Clinton in Bosnia  —  The former First Lady described her 1996 trip to the base at Tuzla earlier this week in a speech: … I don't recall that sniper incident, but I was only fifteen or so at the time, and now video has surfaced showing contemporary news coverage of the sniper attack on Clinton …
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Amy Driscoll / MiamiHerald.com:
Spitzer Miami tryst alleged  —  Almost four months before Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in a sex scandal, a lawyer for Republican political operative Roger Stone sent a letter to the FBI alleging that Spitzer “used the services of high-priced call girls” while in Florida.
Mickey Edwards / Washington Post:
Dick Cheney's Error  —  For at least six years, as I've become increasingly frustrated by the Bush administration's repeated betrayal of constitutional — and conservative — principles, I have defended Vice President Cheney, a man I've known for decades and with whom I served and made common cause in Congress.
Matthew Yglesias:
Halleluja  —  This may be the greatest piece of surrealist performance art of the internet era:  —  I'm speechless.
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Pope baptizes prominent Italian Muslim  —  VATICAN CITY - Italy's most prominent Muslim, an iconoclastic writer who condemned Islamic extremism and defended Israel, converted to Catholicism Saturday in a baptism by the pope at a Vatican Easter service.  —  An Egyptian-born …
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
To Keep and Bear Arms  —  Nearly 135 years ago, the United States experienced what may have been the worst one-day slaughter of blacks by whites in its history.  On April 13, 1873, in the tiny village of Colfax, La., white paramilitaries attacked a lightly armed force of freedmen assembled in a local courthouse.
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Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Constitution  —  Clarence Thomas leaps from his chair.
Discussion: Political Machine
History News Network:
Deja vu — Judith Apter Klinghoffer  —  OBAMA ON HIS NOT “TYPICAL WHITE” GRANDPARENTS  —  To fully appreciate the venality of Obama's treatment of his grandmother, one needs to read the other stories he tells about her.  Yes, Obama does tell in his book the story of his grandmother fear of a man who accosted her on the bus (p.88):
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
Book Details U.S. Pressure On Allies Before War  —  UNITED NATIONS — In the months leading up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration threatened trade reprisals against friendly countries who withheld their support, spied on its allies, and pressed for the recall of U.N. envoys …
Erica Jong / The Huffington Post:
Why am I so afraid that the Democratic Party is shooting itself in the foot?  —  The Dems are far from perfect—in any time—but here we are in what has to be a Democratic year and it looks again like we are self-destructing.  —  We have two great candidates—one a hard working …
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Reuters:
Web host suspends site planned for anti-Koran film  —  Source: Reuters  —  A U.S.-based web service, which Islam critic and Dutch right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders planned to use to show his film critical of the Koran, said on Saturday that it had inactivated the site due to complaints.
Gail Shister / Philly.com:
Obama begins ad blitz in Philadelphia  —  The Barack barrage has begun.  —  With 31 days until the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, Sen. Barack Obama yesterday began airing the first pre-primary ads on Philadelphia TV stations.  —  According to public records, the campaign spent about $330,000 …
 
 
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Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Offers Soothing Tones in Trip Abroad
BBC:
US air strike kills ‘Iraq allies’
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Dave Barry:
Put Florida primary in prime time — and text in your vote
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Spiegel Online:
German Intelligence Was ‘Dishonest, Unprofessional and Irresponsible’
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Carolyn Jones / San Francisco Chronicle:
Marine supporters on motorcycles roar in Berkeley
New York Times:
In Washington, a Split Over Regulation of Wall Street
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Sacramento Bee:
Freed SLA member Olson arrested again
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Shadi Hamid / Washington Post:
Speech Translation  —  While Barack Obama's speech on race earlier …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Keep the Christ in Christmas...
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Climate facts to warm to
Catherine Crier / The Huffington Post:
Newsrooms Revolt!  —  Profound sadness was my dominant emotion …
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Hopes for Wireless Cities Fade as Internet Providers Pull Out
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Clinton Sees Rise in Online Donations
Michael Rubin / The Corner:
Washington Post's curious Iran reporting
Matthew Yglesias:
Incompetence  —  The past week saw a lot of “what did I get wrong” …
 

 
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