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4:00 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.”
Roger L. Simon:
Barack has some explaining to do  —  I'm not much for guilt-by-association, but when I saw the Reverend Jeremiah Wright on television last night (clip below), I realized that Barack Obama has to do a lot more than merely pay lip service to disassociating himself from “some of the comments” …
Discussion: The Opinionator
Karl / protein wisdom:
Dems 2008: The Wright stuff
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Mark Finkelstein /
Obama's Spiritual Guide: ‘God Damn America’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Wright's committee  —  Jeremiah Wright, in the news today …
Discussion: Trailhead and The Democratic Daily
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Support for war effort highest since 2006  —  American public support for the military effort in Iraq has reached a highpoint 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 …
Karina / The Gavel:
House Democratic Leaders Respond to the President on FISA  —  Speaker Pelosi, Leader Hoyer and Whip Clyburn respond to President Bush's assertion this morning that the new legislation the House is considering this week to modernize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act “would undermine America's security.”
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Tempers Flare on FISA
Discussion: Wake up America and Daily Kos
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA Overreach And Other Surveillance State Realities And Questions
Discussion: Bob Barr and Daily Kos
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%) …
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 Schmitt / American Prospect:
CLINTON '08=JERRY BROWN '92?  —  For the record, Senator Obama came out of the Mississippi primary with an advantage of 99,000 votes over Senator Clinton, more than I had predicted based on his edge in Alabama.  That puts his margin in the nationwide popular vote — by a measure that includes Florida …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Could She Ever Win The Popular Vote?
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
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: Megan McArdle
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.”
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama criticizes McCain on taxes  —  CHICAGO - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday that Sen. John McCain reversed his position on President Bush's deep tax cuts in order to win the Republican presidential nomination, one of his sharpest criticisms yet of the Arizona senator he hopes to face this fall.
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.
Discussion: Wonkette
Matthew Yglesias:
Hillary in the House  —  I won't engage in any further elitist disparaging of the quality of pro-Clinton user-generated content.  But watch this video:  —  Bonus points for the part about how “we don't need no bling.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
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Liberal talk radio hires ex-con Ney
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Do as He Said  —  The last time I saw Eliot Spitzer …
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Why Europeans Refuse to Reproduce
Associated Press:
Senate rejects income tax cuts
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
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Megan McArdle:
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Detroit Free Press:
Democrats propose do-over primary paid for by donors
Thomas Heath / Washington Post:
Carlyle Fund's Assets Seized
Discussion: AMERICAblog