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2:40 PM ET, March 13, 2008


 Top Items: 
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.”
Deacon / Power Line:
THE AUDACITY OF HATE  —  ABC News reports that Barack Obama's pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, says blacks should not sing “God Bless America” but “God damn America.”  Wright thinks God should damn America for “treating our citizens as less than human” and “for [acting] like she is God and she is supreme.”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Mark Finkelstein /
Obama's Spiritual Guide: ‘God Damn America’  —  At the end of a Good Morning America segment today about Barack Obama's pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., an Obama campaign representative complained that John McCain's pastor had not been similarly “vetted.”
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Wright's committee  —  Jeremiah Wright, in the news today …
Discussion: Trailhead and The Democratic Daily
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Politico claims the Iraq war will help McCain  —  (updated below)  —  The Politico today published one of the most blatantly one-sided, journalistically flawed “news” articles on the Iraq War in quite some time and promoted it as its featured story, filled with dramatic proclamations certain to attract …
Discussion: USA Today and Wake up America
The Role of Race  —  While race inevitably has emerged as a campaign issue, Clinton says that she wants the Democratic presidential campaign to be about the candidates' records, experience and positions on the issue.  —  A Clinton fundraiser and supporter, Geraldine Ferraro …
Discussion: CBS News, Time, Booman Tribune and Swampland
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Clinton Apologizes to Black Voters
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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE GREAT '08 PARADOX  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** The great '08 paradox: Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the latest NBC/WSJ poll is the poor shape the GOP finds itself in today: The party's fav/unfav has increased (34%-49%) …
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
It's not him  —  The Spitzer shocker . . .  Just who is Client No. 10?  —  Who is the procurer of prostitutes from Chicago who is mentioned anonymously in an unsealed FBI affidavit filed by the feds detailing operations of the Emperors Club, a sex-for-hire shop that allegedly ensnared embattled New York.
Discussion: The Swamp and Real Clear Politics
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Tempers Flare on FISA  —  Debate on a controversial electronic surveillance measure hasn't even begun on the House floor, yet tempers have already begin to flare on Thursday morning, with Republicans slamming the bill and the way in which it will be debated.
Discussion: Wake up America and Daily Kos
Borys Krawczeniuk / The Times-Tribune:
Poll: Hillary's negative rating rivals Santorum's  —  New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has something in common with former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum.  A large percentage of Pennsylvania voters dislike both of them.  —  In fact, greater percentages of voters here have consistently viewed …
Discussion: Trailhead
New York Times:
Spitzer Fall Began With Bank Reports  —  Last July, the North Fork Bank raised a red flag about suspicious financial transactions involving Gov. Eliot Spitzer.  But for several months, the electronic report languished unnoticed in a vast Treasury Department database in Detroit.
The Spitzer Case and the National Surveillance State
Discussion: Firedoglake and Megan McArdle
Cynthia Needham / Providence Journal:
Bill to close prostitution loophole  —  PROVIDENCE — With the nation's eyes trained on former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's alleged involvement with a prostitute, Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a bill that would close the loophole in this state's laws that makes prostitution legal if it occurs indoors.
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Hi, I'm from the NY Times.  Your Daughter is a Whore.  —  Ashley Alexandra Dupré, worth $5 grand for sex?  —  I wasn't shocked that we found out who Spitzer's whore was, what did shock me was that it was the New York Times that outed her.  Isn't this better left to the National Enquirer?
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Thomas Heath / Washington Post:
Carlyle Fund's Assets Seized  —  Leaders Fail to Stop Securities Sell-Off  —  A publicly traded affiliate of the Carlyle Group said yesterday that lenders were seizing its assets, sending the fund, Carlyle Capital, into insolvency.  —  The collapse of Carlyle Capital is the first time a Carlyle Group fund …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Detroit Free Press:
Democrats propose do-over primary paid for by donors  —  LANSING — As negotiators continued to work Wednesday on developing an acceptable plan for a possible do-over Democratic presidential primary in Michigan, the prospect of a state-run — but party-funded — primary was raised …
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Peter Robinson / The Corner:
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Hillary in the House  —  I won't engage in any further elitist …
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Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain, Clinton, Obama together again in Senate
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Associated Press:
Senate rejects income tax cuts
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Voices
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
In Private Pep-Talk To Top Donors, Hillary Predicts: “We're Gonna Win This”
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama criticizes McCain on taxes
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Eyeing Obama coattails
Kidnapped archbishop found dead in Iraq
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Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
HUD Secretary Draws Strong Criticism at Hearing
Discussion: Megan McArdle
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Dream-Ticket Fantasy
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Gun Battle at the White House?
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and BizzyBlog
Alison Smale / International Herald Tribune:
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Discussion: The Reaction, QandO and Commentary
Michelle Malkin:
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