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9:05 PM ET, March 16, 2008

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama's church accuses media of character assassination  —  The Chicago church attended by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) issued a statement Sunday contending that coverage of his pastor's inflammatory remarks amounted to character assassination and “an attack on ... the history of the African American church.”
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Marc Ambinder:
An “Attack” On The Church  —  CBS News's John Bentley spent Palm Sunday at the United Church of Christ and was handed this press release:
Sweetness & Light:
Pastor Wright Erased From Obama's Website  —  Just like in the bad old days of the Stalinist Soviet Union, an inconvenient personage has been airbrushed from the Barack Obama campaign's website.  —  Before, via Google's cache (as retrieved on Mar 8, 2008 20:01:06 GMT): … And the current page:
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Little Green Footballs:
Obama Web Site ‘Disappears’ Radical Pastor  —  The official Barack Obama campaign web site has quietly airbrushed away any mention of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, with no statement or explanation.  He was formerly the very first person listed on Obama's “Testimonials” page: Pastor Wright Erased From Obama's Website.
Discussion: Don Surber
Byron York / The Corner:
Axelrod: A “Major” Reason Wright Didn't Speak At Obama's Announcement Was...It Was Too Cold  —  Top Obama adviser David Axelrod just told reporters that the weather was one of the reasons Rev. Jeremiah Wright did not speak at Obama's presidential candidacy announcement last year in Springfield, Illinois.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Pew research center
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Obama's pastor disaster
Wall Street Journal:
Bear Stearns Closes in on Deal To Sell Itself to J.P. Morgan  —  Bear Stearns Cos. was closing in on a deal Sunday afternoon to sell itself to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., as worries deepened that the financial crisis of confidence could spread if Bear failed to find a buyer by Monday morning.
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New York Times:
JPMorgan Acts to Buy Ailing Bear Stearns at Huge Discount  —  Bear Stearns, facing collapse because of the mortgage crisis, agreed Sunday evening to be bought by JPMorgan Chase for a bargain-basement price of less than $250 million, the two companies announced.
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Rescue Me: A Fed Bailout Crosses a Line
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ABCNEWS:
Bill Clinton: ‘Chill Out,’ Let Voters Decide  —  Former President Says Most Democrats Like Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama  —  Bill Clinton, in an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts, said he thinks Democrats are torn between two candidates they like, and that it's time to “chill out” …
Discussion: TVNewser
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Ilan Goldenberg / democracyarsenal.org:
It's Not the Execution  —  The NY Times has its five year retrospective on the Iraq War and I gotta say I'm not impressed.  There are nine pieces: Bremer, Perle, Slaughter, Pollack, Pletka, Fick, Eaton, Kagan, and Cordesman.  I understand the need to bring in more conservatives for this piece …
Discussion: New York Times and Angry Bear
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Juan Williams lowers the boom on Obama  —  By special request of Ace, who tells me his commenters were buzzing about it this morning.  Williams has never had much patience for grievance culture so this shouldn't surprise.  He's juggling a lot of balls here — the “authenticity” …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Newsweek Examines Eliot Spitzer's Life  —  In a very long article, Evan Thomas examines the life and background of Eliot Spitzer, trying to understand why he engaged in such reckless conduct.  Shorter version: He was trying to please Daddy.  —  He describes Spitzer's family: … More...
Discussion: Newsweek
Chicago Tribune:
Obama prepares for full assault on Clinton  —  Contender to take aim at Clinton's ethics  —  PLAINFIELD, Ind. - Sen. Barack Obama is trying to air his dirty laundry — even some items that might appear just a little wrinkled — as he prepares a full assault on Sen. Hillary Clinton over ethics and transparency.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and The Swamp
 
 
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Ad Council Uses Children in Horrific Global Warming Commercials
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Brad Woodard / KHOU-TV:
America behind bars: One-percent of U.S. population in jail
Bob Fertik / Democrats.com:
Iraq Fax-in  —  March 19 marks the 5th Anniversary …
Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell …:
Winter Soldier II; my impressions, an AAR
Garrett Therolf / Los Angeles Times:
Iraqi feel-good stories prove elusive
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Offense Taken  —  First of all, I unequivocally dissociate myself …
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Barak, Church and State
Discussion: American Spectator
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Kevin Hayden / American Street:
Sad Anniversary
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Ali / Think Progress:
Perino: men know more about war ‘by osmosis.’
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Through Bush-Colored Glasses
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The Clinton Rules and The Obama Rules
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The Wit & Wisdom of Barack Obama
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