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11:30 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 …
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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 …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown Special Comment: Sen. Clinton, “This is not a campaign strategy.
ABCNEWS:
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.”
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Fox News:
Obama's Spiritual Mentor May Put 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.
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 …
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Study: Public unaware of Iraq toll  —  Only 28 percent know that nearly 4,000 U.S. troops have been killed  —  A member of the U.S. Army's Eagle Company searches a home while on patrol in Baghdad on Wednesday.  A recent Pew study found that coverage of the war totalled about 1 percent of the news hole in U.S. media.
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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Ben Smith / The Politico:   Fla. Dems propose June 3 re-vote
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.
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
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Bloomberg:
Carlyle Capital Nears Collapse as Rescue Talks Fail
Discussion: Redstate
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.
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ poll: Voters say they're worse off
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
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.
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.
 
 
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Ted Barrett / CNN:
Senate to vote on one-year earmark ban
Ross Douthat:
The Costs Of Living  —  Ezra writes: … In response …
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
HUD Secretary Draws Strong Criticism at Hearing
Plain Dealer / OPENERS:
Former Ohio senator Howard Metzenbaum dies in Florida
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Dream-Ticket Fantasy
Associated Press:
Sheriff: Woman spent 2 years sitting on boyfriend's toilet
Discussion: The Agitator
ThatGayConservative.com:
Spitzer, Nifong & Earle
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
F.B.I. Made ‘Blanket’ Demands for Phone Records
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A Centcom Chief Who Spoke His Mind
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?
Alison Smale / International Herald Tribune:
‘Magic is over’ for U.S., says French foreign minister
Faiz / Think Progress:
Buchanan flips out, tells guest to ‘shut up!’
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Richest man in England may have been Client No. 6
New York Times:
Pentagon Cites Tapes Showing Interrogations