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5:25 PM ET, March 17, 2008

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama plans major race speech tomorrow  —  Barack Obama will give a major speech on “the larger issue of race in this campaign,” he told reporters in Monaca, PA just now.  —  He was pressed there, as he has been at recent appearances, on statements by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.
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Marc Ambinder:
Kristol Fails To Check His Sources, And So Bungles Key Fact In Anti-Obama Column  —  Bill Kristol's New York Times column about Barack Obama this morning contains a major, prejudicial error.  —  Paragraph five: … The error is in trusting the source without checking.
Ross Douthat:
Falwell and Wright  —  Ezra Klein's a smart guy, so I'm assuming this is a parody of liberal cluelessness rather than the real thing: … What horses**t.  If John McCain were an evangelical Christian and a longstanding member of Jerry Falwell's congregation, and if he had written a memoir describing …
Discussion: Salon and No More Mister Nice Blog
William Kristol / New York Times:
Generation Obama?  Perhaps Not.  —  Sunday evening, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner held a “Generation Obama” fund-raiser at Boston's Rumor Nightclub.  In case you're not up on the Boston club scene, I should tell you that Rumor “brings together the sexiest and hippest people from around the globe” …
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 8% Have Favorable Opinion of Pastor Jeremiah Wright  —  Pastor Jeremiah Wright, who has become part of the national political dialogue in recent days, is viewed favorably by 8% of voters nationwide.  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 58% have an unfavorable view …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Kristol Does the Obama Campaign a Huge Favor
Amanda / Think Progress:   Kristol issues a correction: ‘I regret the error.’
ABCNEWS:
Obama's Church Assails Media Coverage of Pastor
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Majority of Democrats prefer Obama  —  (CNN) — A majority of Democrats would like to see Barack Obama rather than Hillary Clinton win their party's presidential nomination, according to a national poll out Monday.  —  Fifty-two percent of registered Democrats questioned …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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USA Today:
USA TODAY/Gallup Poll: Clinton up 5 points on McCain; Obama up 2  —  If the election were held today (and yes, we know it won't be), Democratic contender Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton would get 51% of the vote to Republican candidate Sen. John McCain's 46%, the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll estimates.
Discussion: Boston Globe and The Page
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Clinton Now at 47%, Obama at 45%  —  Both Democrats run about even with McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily election tracking from March 14-16 finds Hillary Clinton's bid for the 2008 Democratic nomination supported by 47% of national Democratic voters, and Barack Obama's candidacy favored by 45%.
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
ON DEADLINE: Obama walks arrogance line  —  WASHINGTON - Arrogance is a common vice in presidential politics.  A person must be more than a little self-important to wake up one day and say, “I belong in the Oval Office.”  —  But there's a line smart politicians don't cross — somewhere between …
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Stamford Advocate:
Lieberman explains support for McCain
Discussion: Think Progress
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: IRAQ IS BACK  —  From Chuck Todd and Mark Murray  —  *** Iraq is back: Overshadowed in the last few weeks by the economy, the horserace, and even the recent back-and-forths over Geraldine Ferraro and Rev. Wright, the issue of Iraq returns to the campaign trail today.
RGE Monitor:
A Generalized Run on the Shadow Financial System  —  Since the onset of the liquidity and credit crunch last summer this column has been arguing that monetary policy would be impotent to address such a crunch because, in part, of the existence of a non-bank “shadow financial system”.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ANSWERS ON THE PRESSURE FRONT  —  The initial responses to my post below about what kind of pressure the Fed could have brought to bear on Bear Stearns to sell at vastly under its market value, if that in fact was the case (a proposition that I find difficult to believe from my vantage point …
The Agonist:
Rattling Apart: Captain Carnage and the Bear
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Times
Athenae / First Draft:
It's A Small Crime
Discussion: Corrente and Liberal Fascism
Andy Vuong / Denver Post:
Nacchio conviction reversed  —  The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the guilty verdict in the criminal insider trading case of former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio and ordered a new trial before a different judge.  —  The decision was 2-1 to overturn the verdict.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Daily Kos and D-Day
Wall Street Journal:
The Buck Stops Where?  —  In the credit market panic that began in August, we have now reached the point of maximum danger: A global run on the dollar that could become a rout.  As the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee prepares to meet tomorrow, this should be its major concern.
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Foreign investors veto Fed rescue
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Vox Popoli
 
 
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Chris Salzberg / Global Voices Online:
Japan: Support for Tibet
MSNBC:
Bomber kills 39 worshippers in Iraq
Discussion: Reuters and Salon
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rove's Second Act
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog  —  A reader: … [Me] I repeat: Obama's toast.
Spengler / Asia Times:
The peculiar theology of black liberation
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
The Religious Left
Little Green Footballs:
Daily Kos: The United States Needs to Be Invaded and Occupied
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Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Many voting for Clinton to boost GOP