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8:20 PM ET, March 15, 2008

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Alegre / Daily Kos:
Writers Strike at DailyKos  —  This is an open letter to the progressive blogosphere...  I've been posting at DailyKos for nearly 4 years now and started writing diaries in support of Hillary Clinton back in June of last year.  Over the past few months I've noticed that things …
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Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Blogtalk: Pro-Clinton Bloggers Boycott Kos  —  On Friday, it got to be too much for Alegre, a diarist on the flagship liberal blog DailyKos, who frequently writes in support of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  “I've put up with the abuse and anger because I've always believed …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Daily Kos “Bloggers' Strike” Shows Increasingly Bitter Obama Clinton Democratic Rift  —  In yet the latest sign of how bitter the divisions in the Democratic party are getting in the epic battle between Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama for their party's presidential nomination …
Marc Ambinder:
Pro-Hillary Writers “On Strike” At DailyKos
Mike Allen / The Politico:
The story behind the story: Obama's pastor  —  Politicians know a troublesome story has “broken through” the Eastern media echo chamber when Jay Leno is laughing at them.  —  In the case of the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., retiring pastor and outgoing spiritual adviser to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), it took less than 48 hours.
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Gerald Posner / The Huffington Post:
Rev Wright and Barack  —  I am a Barack Obama supporter.  I liked Senator John Edwards, think Hilary Clinton would make a super president, but have been persuaded ever since the start of the campaign that Barack offers the greatest chance for substantive, and greatly over needed, change.
Discussion: A Tiny Revolution
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama in Indiana: “[T]he forces of division have started to raise …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Commentary
John McCormick / Baltimore Sun:
Obama invokes RFK in distancing self from pastor
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Tammy Bruce
Rocco DiPippo / THE AUTONOMIST:
Barack Obama Agrees with Reverend Jeremiah Wright
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Obama expands delegate lead over Clinton  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Democrat Barack Obama expanded his fragile lead in delegates over rival Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday, picking up at least seven delegates as Iowa activists took the next step in picking delegates to the national convention.
Discussion: TalkLeft and American Street
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Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Iowa update  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  We have final delegate allocation estimates directly from the Iowa Democratic Party based on today's 99 county conventions.  The results, Obama indeed did gain 7 delegates to up his total from 16 (earned on Jan. 3) to 23 now.
Discussion: The Field and MyDD
Hillary Clinton / Associated Press:   Pelosi: Superdelegates may do damage
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama opens up on Rezko, and it's almost believable  —  Barack Obama looked me straight in the eye.  I heard him speak.  Yet unlike some other pundits, I felt no thrill going up my leg.  —  I did feel a twinge of Rezko, though, and figured Obama could feel it, too, like when the bottom …
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Terry Trippany / NewsBusters.org:
The AP Style Guide on Defending Barack Obama  —  The Associated Press editors tasked in-house “writer” Phillip Elliott to write an article that dispels the “rumors and outright lies” concerning Barack Obama and the perception that Mr. Obama's support of Israel is questionable.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
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New York Post:
SONGS HAVE A CATCHY ‘HOOK’  —  SPITZER'S CALL GIRL RAKING IT IN WITH ONLINE TUNES  —  Ashley Alexandra Dupre has already made an estimated $200,000 - worth nearly four dozen four-hour trysts with the “gov of love” - from online music downloads in the wake of the Gov. Spitzer sex scandal - and she is poised to make millions more.
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Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
Obama Converts to Judaism  —  Buffeted by criticism of his controversial Christian pastor while continuing to quell rumors that he is a Muslim, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) took a bold step today to settle questions about his religious faith once and for all.  —  “I am converting to Judaism …
Jim Yardley / New York Times:
Tibetans Clash With Chinese Police in 2nd City  —  Chinese riot police officers guarded a bridge in Xiahe near the Labrang Monastery on Saturday.  An estimated 4,000 Tibetan protesters gathered near the monastery earlier in the day.  More Photos >  —  BEIJING — Thousands of Buddhist monks …
Brendan McKenna / Dallas Morning News:
Exclusive: PRD Group to shape legacy at George W. Bush presidential library  —  Exhibits telling ‘greater story’ to include controversies, firm says  —  bmckenna@dallasnews.com  —  WASHINGTON - Compassionate conservative.  September 11.  The overthrow of Saddam Hussein.  The Global War on Terror.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 
 
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