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1:10 PM ET, March 16, 2008

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Bradley Brooks / Associated Press:
McCain makes unannounced trip to Iraq  —  BAGHDAD - Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president who has linked his political future to U.S. success in Iraq, was in Baghdad on Sunday for meetings with Iraqi and U.S. diplomatic and military officials, a U.S. government official said.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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John F. Burns / New York Times:
Five Years  —  FIVE years on, it seems positively surreal.  —  On the evening of March 19, 2003, a small group of Western journalists had grandstand seats for the big event in Baghdad, the start of the full-scale American bombing of strategic targets in the Iraqi capital.
Reuters:   John McCain arrives in Iraq
Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
Clinton campaign wants Texas to postpone party conventions  —  As final results from the Texas Democratic caucus remain unknown, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign wants signatures from the March 4 contest verified before party conventions are held around the state later this month.
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Eriposte / The Left Coaster:
The Clinton Rules and The Obama Rules  —  One of the useful side-effects of the Jeremiah Wright brouhaha is its ample illustration of The Clinton Rules and The Obama Rules for this campaign.  These rules are based on the Brilliant and Thought-Provoking JournalismTM of some of the major …
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
The Wit & Wisdom of Barack Obama  —  Some of it may sound familiar.  —  There's still room for whimsy at the New Yorker magazine, I don't care what you've heard.  Just the other day two of the New Yorker's bloggers (now there's a phrase to send Harold Ross spinning) were chewing over the widely noted eloquence of Barack Obama.
The Politico:
Obama, Clinton brace for three-month deadlock  —  The Democratic race has entered its World War I phase, a bloody fight between two adversaries making only the most incremental of gains.  And there is no reason to think either side will emerge from the trenches anytime soon.
Discussion: Hot Air and Blue Crab Boulevard
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Doug B. / Sentencing Law and Policy:
Why the #$@! is AG Mukasey speaking out against execution for 9/11 plotters and suggesting US justice is sadist?  —  I have never quite figured out what's going on with the Justice Department under the leadership of AG Michael Mukasey, but this new piece from ABCNews has me really scratching my head.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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ABCNEWS:
AG Opinion: No Execution for 9/11 Plotters
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
New York Times:
The Intelligence Cover-Up  —  For more than two years now, Congress, the news media, current and former national security officials, think tanks and academic institutions have been engaged in a profound debate over how to modernize the law governing electronic spying to keep pace with technology.
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Iraq Insurgency Runs on Stolen Oil Profits  —  BAIJI, Iraq — The Baiji refinery, with its distillation towers rising against the Hamrin Mountains, may be the most important industrial site in the Sunni Arab-dominated regions of Iraq.  On a good day, 500 tanker trucks will leave the refinery filled …
Richard Russo / Washington Post:
A Novel Take on an Ending  —  Back when I was teaching fiction writing, I used to pitch my students, especially the beginners, on complexity.  They seemed to think that readers would be attracted to their characters' virtue and would recognize shared humanity in their strength and courage …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and Althouse
Ali / Think Progress:
Perino: men know more about war ‘by osmosis.’  —  Perino: men know more about war ‘by osmosis.’  —  On Fox News Sunday today, White House press secretary Dana Perino was named the “Power Player of the Week.”  She explained to host Chris Wallace that, in addition to the pressure to look good …
Discussion: Polimom Says
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's gains  —  A pretty stunning gain out of Iowa for Obama, where an Iowa Democratic official confirmed to me just now that the county convention results will translate into a 25-14-6 edge for Obama over Clinton and Edwards.  —  That's a gain of nine for the Illinois senator …
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New York Times:
Through Bush-Colored Glasses  —  President Bush admitted on Friday that times are tough.  So much for the straight talk.  —  Mr. Bush went on to paint a false picture of the economy.  He dismissed virtually every proposal Congress is working on to alleviate the mortgage crisis, sticking to his administration's inadequate ideas.
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Race and the Democrats, Part IV
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Shakesville
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Obama's pastor disaster
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
McCain's mixed signals on foreign policy
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Writers Strike at Daily Kos? Try a Readers Strike...
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Jon Swift
AMERICAN DIGEST:
Four Five Years In
Spiegel Online:
Germany's First Suicide Bomber in Afghanistan?
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New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Jindal ‘bats a thousand’ at session
Discussion: The Other McCain
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Slight Edge Over Clinton
Jeffrey Rosen / New York Times:
Supreme Court Inc.
Discussion: Balkinization and Ideoblog
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Republicans See Storm Clouds Gathering
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama opens up on Rezko, and it's almost believable