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1:05 PM ET, March 15, 2008


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Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Obama Denounces Statements of His Pastor as ‘Inflammatory’  —  In the handful of years Senator Barack Obama has spent in the national spotlight, his stance toward his pastor has gone from glowing praise to growing distance to — as of Friday — strong criticism.
Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Controversial minister leaves Obama campaign
Dennis Sanders / The Moderate Voice:
Notes From a Black Pastor
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama issues statement repudiating Wright, may appear on Hannity …
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
Call girl laments use of exotic photos  —  NEW YORK - The lawyer for the call girl linked to the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer lashed out at the media on Friday for thrusting the 22-year-old woman into the “public glare” without her consent and publishing revealing photos.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Saddam's Dangerous Friends  —  What a Pentagon review of 600,000 Iraqi documents tells us.  —  This ought to be big news.  Throughout the early and mid-1990s, Saddam Hussein actively supported an influential terrorist group headed by the man who is now al Qaeda's second-in-command …
Rukmini Callimachi / Associated Press:
Muslims nations: Defame Islam, get sued?  —  DAKAR, Senegal - The Muslim world has created a battle plan to defend its religion from political cartoonists and bigots.  —  Concerned about what they see as a rise in the defamation of Islam, leaders of the world's Muslim nations …
Sirius Radio launches ‘Client 9 Radio’  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — For those who can't get enough of the sex scandal that brought down New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Sirius Satellite Radio has launched what it is calling “Client 9 Radio,” a special channel dedicated to covering all aspects of the Spitzer saga.
Anthony J. Diaz / Washington Post:
Hard-Won Progress In Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD — Since I arrived here last August, I have been struck by four things: the financial commitment we have made to reconstruction; the precipitous decline in violence; the inklings of representative government; and the small yet significant progress …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
House Votes to Reject Immunity for Phone Companies Involved in Wiretaps  —  WASHINGTON — After its first secret session in a quarter-century, the House on Friday rejected retroactive immunity for the phone companies that took part in the National Security Agency's program of eavesdropping without warrants …
Ben / Think Progress:
AP Says McCain Is A ‘Man Of The People’ For Taking Train Despite Noting He Rode First Class  —  Earlier this month, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) hosted a “thank you” Sunday cookout for over 40 reporters from a wide variety of news outlets at his vacation home in Arizona.
David Jackson / Chicago Tribune:
Obama says Rezko played a bigger fundraising role  —  Indicted Chicago businessman Antoin “Tony” Rezko was a more significant fundraiser for presidential candidate Barack Obama's earlier political campaigns than previously known.  Rezko raised as much as $250,000 for the first three offices Obama sought …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:   Hsu's Legal Process Continues As Rezko's Heats Up
Jim Yardley / New York Times:
Violence in Tibet as Monks Clash With the Police  —  Chinese security forces in Lhasa, Tibet, took cover during a fifth day of protests.  The banner overhead reads, “Strengthen public safety management, safeguard political stability.”  Beijing is facing the most serious demonstrations in Tibet since the 1980s.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Obey lays down the law on procedural votes  —  House Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey (D-Wis.) said Friday he canceled meetings with a New Orleans delegation because a Louisiana lawmaker had defied party leadership on a procedural vote the night before.  —  And he's warning others …
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty and Redstate
William M. Arkin / Early Warning:
Six Signs the U.S. Is Not Headed for War in Iran  —  There are a couple of military adages — “An Army marches on its stomach” and “Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics” — that should adequately explain why the United States is not headed for war with Iran.
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Pressure and the Prophet  —  The economy is a rising issue …
Discussion: The Corner and USS Neverdock
Ari Berman / The Nation:
Smearing Obama  —  He's a Muslim.  He was sworn into office on the Koran.
Discussion: The RBC
Talal Al-Khatib / Political Radar:
Pelosi's Delegate Stance Boosts Obama
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What Obama Saw in Wright's Church
Matthew Yglesias:
Omnihanlon  —  I hadn't realized that Michael O'Hanlon also does local news.
Washington Post:
Non-European PhDs In Germany Find Use Of ‘Doktor’ Verboten
James Carville / Financial Times:
Halt the political hara-kiri