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9:40 AM ET, March 13, 2008


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Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Clinton Apologizes to Black Voters … WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton did something Wednesday night that she almost never does.  She apologized.  And once she started, she didn't seem able to stop.  —  The New York senator, who is in a tight race with Illinois Sen. Barack …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown Special Comment: Sen. Clinton, “This is not a campaign strategy.  This is a suicide pact.”  —  Tonight on Countdown, Keith Olbermann's Special Comment was directed at Senator Hillary Clinton over her failure to immediately fire supporter and former member of her campaign finance committee …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Breaking: Ferraro steps down  —  (CNN) - Geraldine Ferraro has stepped down from her role as a member of Hillary Clinton's finance committee.In a letter to Clinton obtained by CNN's Suzanne Malveaux — who spoke with the former vice presidential candidate shortly after she sent it to Clinton …
The Huffington Post:
Olbermann Slams Clinton in Special Comment: “You Are Campaigning As If Barack Obama Were The Democrat And You Were The Republican”  —  Tonight, as promised, Keith Olbermann attacked Senator Hillary Clinton in a ten-minute “Special Comment,” saying that he was not endorsing Barack Obama but that …
New York Times:
For an Aspiring Singer, a Harsher Spotlight  —  She left a broken home on the Jersey Shore at 17 and came to New York City to work the nightclubs as a rhythm and blues singer.  Now, at 22, she is the unwitting, and as yet unseen, star of the seamy drama that is the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York.
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
McCain, GOP May Have Cause for Hope  —  Latest Poll Helps Detail Reasons the Democrats Remain Deadlocked  —  Rarely have the stars aligned so squarely against the party in power in elections for the White House as it has for Republicans, the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll bears out.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Hot Air
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ poll: Voters say they're worse off
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Candidates return for budget votes
Discussion: Truthdig
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain moves to the lead in Michigan, tied in Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Fox News:
Obama's Controversial Pastor Puts Church in Hot Water  —  CHICAGO - Barack Obama's controversial pastor and the church he's served for 36 years may be in hot water over statements he has made from the pulpit in support of the Illinois senator's run for the White House.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wright on film  —  Sure does feel like we're plunging into the abyss tonight.  —  Fox just posted a big Jeremiah Wright story, and the video is pretty gripping, and deeply racially confrontational.  He begins by describing the Romans, who crucified Jesus, as Italians, and thus white, and more or less goes from there.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Taylor Marsh
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Support for war effort highest since 2006  —  American public support for the military effort in Iraq has reached a high point unseen since the summer of 2006, a development that promises to reshape the political landscape.  —  According to late February polling conducted by the Pew Research Center …
Kenneth Thiesen / Berkeley Daily Planet:
Commentary: Why I Don't Support the Troops  —  In the recent political battle around the Marine recruiting station in Berkeley there has been much confusion around the concept or slogan of “supporting the troops,” but opposing the unjust wars of the Bush regime.
Carlyle Capital Nears Collapse as Rescue Talks Fail  —  Carlyle Group's mortgage-bond fund moved a step closer to collapse, saying creditors plan to seize the fund's assets after it failed to meet more than $400 million of margin calls.  —  Concern about the fate of Carlyle Capital Corp. …
Discussion: Redstate
Thomas Heath / Washington Post:
Carlyle Fund's Assets Seized
Discussion: AMERICAblog
New York Times:
Pentagon Cites Tapes Showing Interrogations  —  WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is conducting an extensive review of the videotaping of interrogations at military facilities from Iraq to Guantánamo Bay, and so far it has identified nearly 50 tapes, including one that showed …
Michelle Malkin:
Hot Air TV: Sen. John Kerry confronted about Winter Soldier II  —  Grab the popcorn.  We've got another joint YAF/Hot Air TV production for you, just in time for the anti-war confab known as “Winter Soldier II” that kicks off in Washington, D.C. tomorrow and runs through Sunday.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Buchanan flips out, tells guest to ‘shut up!’  —  Tonight on MSNBC's Live with Dan Abrams, guests Pat Buchanan, Rachel Maddow, and Keli Goff discussed the role of race in Barack Obama's presidential campaign.  Buchanan suggested Obama is winning the black vote simply because he is black.
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
Scandal Everywhere  —  Human nature is always and everywhere the same …
Discussion: Commentary and Lone Star Times
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A Centcom Chief Who Spoke His Mind
Associated Press:
Conn. Student Suspended For Buying Candy In School
Lexington Green / Chicago Boyz:
Yes or No?  —  Baron Bodissey at Gates of Vienna has a post regarding …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Gun Battle at the White House?
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Don Dahler / WCBS-TV:
Experts: Indictments Loom For Spitzer
‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ for March 11
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
‘Many Dishes May Brake’ at the Next NATO Summit
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Meat Packer Admits Slaughter of Sick Cows
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Agonist
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Obama-Clinton-McCain Paradoxes
William March /
Key Democrats To Get Draft Of Revote Plan
Alison Smale / International Herald Tribune:
‘Magic is over’ for U.S., says French foreign minister
Discussion: Commentary and Roger L. Simon
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Richest man in England may have been Client No. 6
Phillip Carter / INTEL DUMP:
Spitzer And SARs  —  Follow the money.  That's the age-old guidance …
The Hill:
Coburn plans counterpunch on pet projects
Proposed Law Looks to Wipe Out Problem
Discussion: Don Surber and The D Spot