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7:30 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:
Discussion: TalkLeft and Ben Smith's Blogs
Think Progress:
One Year Later, Market Where McCain Strolled ‘Freely’ Is Controlled By Sadr, Too Unsafe For Americans To Visit  —  On April 1, 2007, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) strolled through the open-air Shorja market in Baghdad in an effort to prove that Americans are “not getting the full picture” of what's going on in Iraq.
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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.
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.
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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
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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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Rescue Me: A Fed Bailout Crosses a Line
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
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern on YouTube Clip: Homosexuality Bigger Threat Than Terrorism  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — A YouTube audio clip of a state lawmaker's screed against homosexuality, which she called a bigger threat than terrorism, has outraged gay activists and brought death threats rolling in.
 
 
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Brad Woodard / KHOU-TV:
America behind bars: One-percent of U.S. population in jail
Associated Press:
Searchers find possible graves at Manson compound
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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
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Pimps' Slaves  —  Reading between the sheets, the world of …
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 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Hayden / American Street:
Sad Anniversary
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Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
McCain's mixed signals on foreign policy
Ali / Think Progress:
Perino: men know more about war ‘by osmosis.’
New York Times:
Through Bush-Colored Glasses
Eriposte / The Left Coaster:
The Clinton Rules and The Obama Rules
The Politico:
Obama, Clinton brace for three-month deadlock
Richard Russo / Washington Post:
A Novel Take on an Ending  —  Back when I was teaching fiction writing …
 

 
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