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3:50 PM ET, March 27, 2008

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USA Today:
Obama: Beware 'you're on your own' society  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. — Presidential candidate Barack Obama, largely ignoring his Democratic rival for now, ridiculed likely Republican nominee John McCain on Wednesday for offering “not one single idea” to help hard-pressed homeowners facing foreclosure.
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New York Post:
IT'S THE BLOOMY-'BAMA SHOW  —  Mayor Bloomberg made a surprise announcement last night that he will introduce Barack Obama when the Illinois senator makes a campaign speech today at Cooper Union.  —  The mayor's office took the highly unusual step of releasing information about the event late last night.
Jules Crittenden:
Sadr Tidings  —  The good news is, Iraqi forces are heavily engaged with the Mahdi Army with U.S. troops in a supporting role, all over the place.  The weird part is, al-Maliki has supposedly taken a lead role in directing operations against his erstwhile bedfellow al-Sadr.
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Patrick Cockburn / The Independent:
Iraq implodes as Shia fights Shia  —  Another tragedy as the Shia majority turn on each other  —  A new civil war is threatening to explode in Iraq as American-backed Iraqi government forces fight Shia militiamen for control of Basra and parts of Baghdad.  —  Heavy fighting engulfed Iraq's …
Al Pessin / Voice of America:
Pentagon Calls Iraq Fighting Good Sign, Analysts Not Convinced
New York Post:
AND THERE HE HO'S AGAIN  —  ‘WICKED’ SPITZER LINKED TO BUSTY BUSTED MADAM'S BIZ  —  Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been identified as a long-standing client of a second high-priced call-girl ring, The Post has learned.  —  The ex-governor regularly patronized Wicked Models …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: MYTH BUSTER  —  From Chuck Todd and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Myth buster: Pollster Peter Hart calls the NBC/WSJ poll a “myth buster” survey; it really breaks down a lot of the myths we've been hearing over the last week like: (1) that the Wright controversy was the beginning …
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Marc Ambinder:
Obama: Bloomberg Is “Extraordinary”  —  Here's the first paragraph from Barack Obama's speech this a.m. in New York: … The First Read gang is all a-buzz at the Obama-Needs-A-Jew-On-The-Ticket- Angle, but I think the best way to look at an Obama-Bloomberg ticket is by noticing their complimentary traits.
Discussion: WCBS-TV, MyDD and Connecting.the.Dots
Joe Klein / Time:
Silly Season  —  Unlike Barack Obama, Bill Clinton does not believe in “the fierce urgency of now.”  The former President has an exquisitely languid sense of how political time unfurls.  He understands that those moments the political community, especially the media, considers urgent usually aren't.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Hillary vows: We're going all the way to the convention; Update …
Emilie Lounsberry / Philly.com:
No death for Mumia Abu-Jamal — at least for now  —  A federal appeals court today refused to reinstate the death sentence of world-famous death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, but left intact his murder conviction in the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.
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C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Supplier Under Scrutiny on Aging Arms for Afghans  —  Since 2006, when the insurgency in Afghanistan sharply intensified, the Afghan government has been dependent on American logistics and military support in the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.  —  But to arm the Afghan forces …
New York Times:
Obama on ‘Renewing the American Economy’  —  Following is the transcript of Barack Obama's economic speech at Cooper Union in New York, as provided by CQ Transcriptions Inc.  —  Thank you so much for being here.  —  Let me begin by thanking Dr. Drucker and Cooper Union for hosting us here today.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and The RBC
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Eric Lichtblau / Slate:
The Education of a 9/11 Reporter  —  THE INSIDE DRAMA BEHIND THE TIMES' WARRANTLESS WIRETAPPING STORY. … For 13 long months, we'd held off on publicizing one of the Bush administration's biggest secrets.  Finally, one afternoon in December 2005, as my editors and I waited anxiously …
Ben / Think Progress:
Krauthammer: McCain Has ‘Hidden Agenda’ To ‘Kill The United Nations’  —  Yesterday in an foreign policy address in Los Angeles, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called for the United States to create and lead a “League of Democracies” in order to “harness the vast influence of the more than one hundred …
John Shiffman / Philly.com:
PR governor, four Philadelphians charged  —  Puerto Rico's governor and four Philadelphians, including prominent fund-raiser Robert M. Feldman, were charged this morning in San Juan with federal campaign-finance related crimes.  —  The investigation of Gov. Anibal Acevedo-Vila …
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Equity Loans as Next Round in Credit Crisis  —  Little by little, millions of Americans surrendered equity in their homes in recent years.  Lulled by good times, they borrowed — sometimes heavily — against the roofs over their heads.  —  Now the bill is coming due.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bob Barr thinking ‘very serious’ thoughts about a presidential race, Iraq, and torture  —  On an Internet site called Anti-War Radio, former Georgia congressman Bob Barr confirmed on Wednesday that he's “very seriously” looking at joining the race for the White House as a Libertarian …
 
 
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Michelle Malkin:
Fitna has arrived  —  Readers are sending the Liveleak English version …
Mike Allen / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama talks cap-gains rate with CNBC
Martin E. Marty / Observer:
Prophet and Pastor  —  To his former professor, congregant …
Allan H. Meltzer / Wall Street Journal:
Regulatory Overkill  —  The claim that deregulation went too far …
Discussion: Economist's View
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Fraud in Texas?  “It looks like there was data entry error.
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard Blog:
Jim McDermott: “We Don't Mind Being Used” by Saddam Hussein
Jody Rosen / New York Times:
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Isabel Teotonio / Toronto Star:
Alleged Toronto terror plot detailed in court
Discussion: The Corner and Jihad Watch
Hugh Bronstein / Reuters:
Colombia seizes uranium from leftist guerrillas
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
L.A. Times Apologizes for Rapper Story
Michael Barone / US News:
Polls Show Obama Damaged by Reverend Wright
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Come west, young man
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Clinton backers warn Pelosi on superdelegate rift
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
Further Debunking the ‘War Zone’ Myth