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11:30 PM ET, March 13, 2008


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USA Today:
Clinton strategist says Obama 'can't win the general election'  —  Though the campaign later argued that he hadn't said it, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief campaign strategist told reporters this morning that Sen. Barack Obama “can't win the general election.”
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Making Obama Unelectable  —  Mark Penn declared today that Barack Obama “really can't win the general [election].”  Of course, it's silly to say that Obama or Clinton “can't” win the general.  There's not even good evidence to suggest that Obama is less likely than Clinton to win the general.
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Can't Win The General?  —  They let Mark Penn out to speak and... this happens.  —  The USA Today link includes two minutes worth of audio, so you can make up your mind about the context.  —  Of course Obama can win the general election; it's illogical to generalize from the vote totals alone, as I and others have pointed out.
Discussion: MyDD and Real Clear Politics
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Penn: Obama “really can't win the general”
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Obama's Pastor: God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11  —  Obama's Pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Has a History of What Even Obama's Campaign Aides Say Is ‘Inflammatory Rhetoric’  —  Sen. Barack Obama's pastor says blacks should not sing “God Bless America” but “God damn America.”
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Race and the Democrats  —  I recently listened to, and read from …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Roger L. Simon:
Barack has some explaining to do
Lynn Sweet:
Sweet scoop: Obama, after initial refusal, releases all earmark requests.  Read them here.  UPDATES  —  WASHINGTON—After refusing since June to make public earmark requests from 2005 and 2006, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is releasing Thursday all the earmark requests he has made since he entered the Senate in 2005.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama's 2006 Earmarks  —  Update: The AP says Obama has not responded to repeated requests to release his earmark legislation for six of his eightyears in the Illinois Senate.  Yet, he's criticizing Hillary on this score: … Sen. Barack Obama released his list of 2006 legislation with earmarks today.
The Campaign Spot:
One of Obama's Earmarks Went to Hospital That Employs Michelle Obama  —  Dan Riehl notes, via Amanda Carpenter, that in the list of earmarks he requested, $1 Million was requested for the construction of a new hospital pavilion at the University Of Chicago.  The request was put in in 2006.
Discussion: Hot Air, Redstate, Riehl World View and CNN
The Hill:
Hoyer agrees to closed FISA session  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has agreed to a GOP request for a secret House session Thursday to discuss the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA).  —  House Republicans had been seeking the closed session to delay a vote …
Daniel W. Reilly / The Politico:
House to hold rare closed session on FISA  —  The House will go into a rare closed session Thursday night to debate a controversial electronic surveillance measure.  —  It is the first closed session since 1983 and only the fifth in congressional history.  —  House Minority Whip Roy Blunt …
The Page:
Details of a possible delegate plan under discussion:  —Michigan's 156 delegates would be split 50-50 between Clinton and Obama.  —Florida's existing delegates would be seated at the Denver convention—but with half a vote each.  That would give Clinton a net gain of about 19 elected delegates.
Nitya / Rapid Report:
Report Shows No Link Between Saddam and al Qaeda  —  ABC News has requested and obtained a copy of the Pentagon study which shows Saddam Hussein had no links to Al Qaeda.  —  (READ THE FULL REPORT HERE.)  —  It's government report the White House didn't want you to read …
Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Pentagon cancels release of controversial Iraq report
Discussion: The Republic of T. and Firedoglake
John Holusha / The Lede:
Oh, By the Way, There Was No Al Qaeda Link
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
NRCC Says Ex-Treasurer Diverted Up to $1 Million  —  The former treasurer for the National Republican Congressional Committee diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars — and possibly as much as $1 million — of the organization's funds into his personal accounts, GOP officials said yesterday …
Ruth Henderson / Pajamas Media:
I'VE SEEN MY SHARE OF SPITZERS: THE VIEW FROM AN ESCORT SERVICE  —  The disgraced former NY governor is not alone, writes “Ruth Henderson,” a former booking agent for high-priced Manhattan call girls.  —  Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers  —  So New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned …
Rich Noyes /
Study: Networks Always Label GOPers With Sex Scandals  —  My colleague Brent Baker has painstakingly documented how the big three broadcast networks have gone out of their way to avoid labeling scandal-scarred New York Governor Eliot Spitzer as a “Democrat.”
New York Magazine:
David Paterson: ‘The Only Whores I Know Are Lobbyists’  —  David Paterson just gave his first public address since Eliot Spitzer's resignation yesterday.  He made noises about “getting back to work” and the budget, talked about being black and blind, indicated he wasn't planning any major changes …
Discussion: Tom Watson
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Good News for Obama: Hillary's Killing Him in Pennsylvania.  (Seriously.)  —  I'd love to see the crosstabs for this Pennsylvania poll, but, just looking at the top-line numbers, it strikes me as pretty good news for Obama.  It's not so much that he's down three points in a hypothetical match …
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
GOP amendment aimed at mocking Obama  —  While senators gravely speak about the nation's fiscal health all day during the Senate budget debate, they're not above making purely political points aimed at embarrassing one another.  —  To wit: Sen. Wayne Allard, a Republican from Colorado …
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs, Swampland and MyDD
Washington Wire:
Scenes From the Senate Floor
Discussion: The Caucus and The Page
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Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
Bush says if younger, he would work in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Pew Research Center:
Awareness of Iraq War Fatalities Plummets
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Rendell: Isn't Popular Vote As Important As Pledged Del Count?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Essence of Conservatism  —  Jay Reding with a nice summary:
Satyam / Think Progress:
Rove: Bush taught me how to be ‘honest.’
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi says there won't be a Democratic ‘dream ticket’
Discussion: The Page
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Debate Alert!  Hillary And Obama Campaigns Accept Invite To ABC Debate In Philly
Discussion: Wonkette, Corrente and Donklephant
 Earlier Items: 
Samantha Sault / Weekly Standard Blog:
McConnell on Waterboarding
Marc Ambinder:
Romney To Form A PAC
Discussion: Hot Air, Wonkette and QandO
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Mickey Kaus on Ferraro v. Obama
Washington Post:
Silda Spitzer, Profile of an Accomplished Woman
Associated Press:
Boyfriend: Phobia caused woman's 2-year bathroom stay
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Why Europeans Refuse to Reproduce
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
It's not him  —  The Spitzer shocker . . .  Just who is Client No. 10?