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6:20 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 …
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.’
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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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, PoliGazette and The Page
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
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%.
Stamford Advocate:
Lieberman explains support for McCain
Discussion: Think Progress
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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New Orleans Times-Picayune:
News from the Louisiana delegation in the nation's capital  —  Sen. David Vitter, R-La., has been mostly mum on the prostitution scandal that forced Democratic New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to announce his resignation last week.  But Vitter let down his guard a bit in a conference call with constituents.
Discussion: Wonkette and Political Machine
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HillaryClinton.com:
IRAQ: Hillary's Remarks at The George Washingon University  —  Good morning.  I want to thank Secretary West for his years of service, not only as Secretary of the Army, but also to the Veteran's Administration, to our men and women in uniform, to our country.
Ace / minx.cc:
WRIGHT: ISRAEL A “DIRTY WORD;” JOKES THAT BLACKS GET ALL QUIET AT MENTION OF ISRAEL  —  Scared to speak, he says.  —  Why?  Would that be anti-semitism that many left-indoctrinated blacks are reluctant to to express out loud?  —  Well, Obama's 20 year political ally and spiritual mentor encourages …
Kos / Daily Kos:
The Clinton civil war  —  Al Giordano, on the laughable Clinton-supporters “strike” of this blog: … I would add one more item to the list above — this site has also been hostile to the corrosive consultant class that gave us our timid and weak party until Howard Dean shook it up in 2004.
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
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, D-Day and Daily Kos
Marc Ambinder:
A Last Minute Hurdle Erected In Michigan?  —  The proposed primaru re-vote legislation in Michigan prevents those who've voted in the Republican primary from voting in the re-vote.  —  Fair enough, right?  —  But about 32% of the those who vote in the GOP primary, according to the exit polls, were Democrats or independents.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
 
 
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Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Details on the 5:30 ET Event: A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and MyDD
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
In the Promised Land  —  Some of you may have noticed my absence over the last week.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Associated Press:
Florida Dems abandon mail-in vote plan
Discussion: Political Machine
Josh Kraushaar / The Crypt's Blogs:
McCain cautions candidates on immigration
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Cheney cites ‘phenomenal’ Iraqi security progress as bombing kills 40
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Michigan leaders propose June 3 primary
Discussion: TalkLeft and Detroit News
Scott Peterson / Christian Science Monitor:
IRAN ELECTION: HARD-LINERS HOLD ON, DESPITE HIGH INFLATION
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: 74 percent think U.S. in recession
Discussion: American Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
Sewell Chan / City Room:
Paterson Is Sworn In as New York's 55th Governor
Discussion: Gothamist, D-Day and Shakesville
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Elton John Keys It Up for Clinton
Discussion: Eschaton
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rove's Second Act
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog  —  A reader: … [Me] I repeat: Obama's toast.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: IRAQ IS BACK  —  From Chuck Todd and Mark Murray
Spengler / Asia Times:
The peculiar theology of black liberation
Little Green Footballs:
Daily Kos: The United States Needs to Be Invaded and Occupied
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE PARTY FAITHFUL....Conservative pundits who write …
Discussion: If I Ran the Zoo