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12:20 AM ET, March 15, 2008


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Barack Obama / The Huffington Post:
On My Faith and My Church  —  The pastor of my church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who recently preached his last sermon and is in the process of retiring, has touched off a firestorm over the last few days.  He's drawn attention as the result of some inflammatory and appalling remarks he made about our country …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wright leaves Obama campaign  —  Spokesman Tommy Vietor emails:  —  “Rev. Wright is no longer serving on the African American Religious Leadership Committee.”  —  That cuts Wright's only formal tie to Obama, and answers what was sure to be a question in Obama's interviews tonight …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
IS WRIGHT A “DEATH BLOW” TO OBAMA?  —  Like a number of emailers, TPM Reader JB is wringing his hands over Obama's Rev. Wright: … Late Update: TPM Reader KR defends JB: … TPM Reader MS foresees this line of attack:
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What Obama Saw in Wright's Church  —  A reader says that we cannot know what is in Obama's heart, and to a certain extent, that's true.  My reader believes therefore that Wright's racist anger is what Obama truly believes - and is now concealing.  All I can say is that very …
Discussion: The Jed Report
Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Controversial minister leaves Obama campaign  —  Presidential candidate condemns words but not ministry of former pastor  —  Editor's note: This article includes language some readers may consider inappropriate.  —  Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., condemned racially charged sermons …
Dennis Sanders / The Moderate Voice:
Notes From a Black Pastor  —  Well, considering that I am an African American pastor, I should say something about the whole affair concerning the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Barack Obama's church.  —  I have to state, in the interest of full disclosure …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Like A Rolling Stone - Obama Realizes Wright is Outrageous  —  MUST READ: Obama steps to The Huffington Post to address the Wright debacle.  At a quick glance, his defense will be ripped as BS - he seems to be pretending Wright has made a few awful comments, not twenty years worth.  Here we go:
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama issues statement repudiating Wright, may appear on Hannity & Colmes; Update: Wright leaves Obama's campaign; Update: “You can get kind of rough in the sermons”  —  Not sure about the H&C rumor but DU looks to have picked it up from Hannity's radio show.
Obama Sends Statement on Controversial Pastor to The Brody File
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Wright in “Dreams of My Father”
Ronald Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Minister  —  In a sermon delivered at Howard University …
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:   Obama Denounces His Pastor's Statements
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Reconciliator's Judgment
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Radar
Tim Graham /
Study: Broadcast Networks Fell Down on Covering Jeremiah Wright
David Jackson / Chicago Tribune:
Obama says Rezko played a bigger fundraising role  —  This corner lot at Hyde Park Boulevard and Greenwood Avenue in Chicago, formerly owned by Antoin “Tony” Rezko's wife, Rita, is next door to the home (right) of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.  (Tribune photo by Milbert O. Brown / March 6, 2008)
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Says Rezko Played a Bigger Fundraising Role Than Previously Known  —  In a just published interview with Sen. Barack Obama, the Chicago Tribune reports: … Repeated lapses of judgment.  The Tribune says that's how Obama views it.  —  The interview raises another question: Obama's naivite.
Discussion: The Swamp and Political Punch
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:   Hsu's Legal Process Continues As Rezko's Heats Up
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
WHY CLINTON DOESN'T WANT A RE-VOTE.  —  There aren't many windows into a strongly pro-Clinton/anti-Obama view in the blogosphere, making TalkLeft invaluable, where “Big Tent Democrat” (the former Armando of DailyKos) has been focused like a laser on the issue of how to deal with the Michigan and Florida Democratic delegations.
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Legislators plan talks with Clinton, Obama campaigns today
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
House Passes FISA Amendments Act  —  The House has just passed the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 3773, to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a procedure for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence, and for other purposes, by a vote of 213-197-1.
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
FISA bill passes House; time for Spring Break '08!
Ta-Nehisi Coates / Slate:
Playing the Racist Card  —  FERRARO'S COMMENTS ABOUT OBAMA WERE RACIST.  WHY CAN'T WE SAY THAT?  —  There is peculiar bit of jujitsu that white public figures have employed recently whenever they're called to account for saying something stupid about black people.
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Facing South
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:   A Ferraro Postscript  —  Over at Slate, Ta-Nehisi Coates …
RJ Eskow / The Huffington Post:
Holding Up a Mirror To the Clinton Cult
Discussion: Night Light
Obama Cuts Into Clinton's Delegate Lead Among Elected Officials  —  Barack Obama has pulled almost even with Hillary Clinton in endorsements from top elected officials and has cut into her lead among the other superdelegates she's relying on to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
McCain says al Qaeda might try to tip U.S. election  —  SPRINGFIELD, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain said on Friday he fears that al Qaeda or another extremist group might attempt spectacular attacks in Iraq to try to tilt the U.S. election against him.
James Carville / Financial Times:
Halt the political hara-kiri  —  In this, the most fascinating and longest-running Democratic primary process of our time, we were presented with a silly moment that unfortunately is all too reflective of modern American culture.  Consider the case of one Samantha Power.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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Ben / Think Progress:
AP Says McCain Is A ‘Man Of The People’ …
Ari Berman / The Nation:
Smearing Obama  —  He's a Muslim.  He was sworn into office on the Koran.
Talal Al-Khatib / Political Radar:
Pelosi's Delegate Stance Boosts Obama
Matthew Yglesias:
Omnihanlon  —  I hadn't realized that Michael O'Hanlon also does local news.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Americans nab high-value Osama lieutenant
Faiz / Think Progress:
Cheney Five Years Ago: ‘We Will, In Fact, Be Greeted As Liberators’
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Washington Post:
Non-European PhDs In Germany Find Use Of ‘Doktor’ Verboten
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Dorning / Chicago Tribune:
Michelle Obama's hospital: On senator's wish-list
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Elizabeth Warren / TPMCafe:
Don't Let Consumers Speak
Michael Stokes Paulsen / Balkinization:
Spitzer v. United States (2010)
Discussion: The New Republic
Transcript: Greg Craig On Hillary Clinton's Foreign Policy Experience
Gallup Daily: Obama Leads Clinton 50% to 44%
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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