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10:30 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.
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 …
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Kristol Fails To Check His Sources, And So Bungles Key Fact In Anti-Obama Column
Lee Speigel / Political Radar:
Obama: Discussion Over Wright's ‘Stupid Statements’ Have Been a Distraction
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Cliff Schecter
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 …
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
Stamford Advocate:
Lieberman explains support for McCain  —  STAMFORD — U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn, told the editorial board of The Advocate and Greenwich Time he's supporting Republican John McCain for president because he's the most likely to bring about change in Washington.
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 Daily: Clinton Now at 47%, Obama at 45%
Discussion: Don Surber
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Florida gives up on re-vote  —  Florida Democratic chairwoman Karen Thurman sends out an angry email abandoning hope of a re-vote in the state: … This is a real setback for Hillary, who could have gotten both delegates, momentum, and — crucially — a stronger chance to claim a popular vote lead out of the revote.
Fla. Democrats won't redo primary  —  State party had considered after national party refused to award delegates  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Facing strong opposition, Florida Democrats on Monday abandoned plans to hold a do-over presidential primary with a mail-in vote and threw the delegate dispute into the lap of the national party.
No new primary for Florida Democrats
Discussion: The Reaction, TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Florida Democratic Party Letter on Revote Decision
Discussion: Trailhead, Salon and The Confluence
Frank James / The Swamp:
Florida Dems: No primary do-over
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:   Florida Democrats say no do-over
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Florida Democrats Concede Defeat on Mail-In Vote
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.
NY Daily News:
Gov. Paterson admits to sex with other woman for years  —  The thunderous applause was still ringing in his ears when the state's new governor, David Paterson, told the Daily News that he and his wife had extramarital affairs.  —  In a stunning revelation, both Paterson, 53, and his wife …
Discussion: Political Byline
Ace /
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 …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Wright on Israel
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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”.
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Bush, Praising Fed's Move, Faces Criticism
Discussion: The Caucus
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
Memo To The Fed: Stop Those Rate Cuts  —  The markets rallied last Tuesday in response to the Fed's growing assistance to holders of mortgage-backed securities.  Yet many onlookers are convinced that an aggressive cut in the federal funds rate at the upcoming March 18 meeting is still necessary to avoid a painful recession.
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog
Skippy / skippy the bush kangaroo:
now if jeralyn and cliff were the only ones blogging, we'd be set  —  two of our good blog buddies, jeralyn merrit of talk left and cliff schecter of cliff schecter, were on msnbc this morning discussing how the dems are afraid that the blog wars between obama supporters and clinton supporters may destroy the party.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Open Left
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Obama tells vets no lower drinking age  —  SCRANTON, Pa. - Democrat Barack Obama on Monday promised Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans help with their grievances — save one.  “I know it drives you nuts.  But I'm not going to lower the drinking age,” the presidential candidate said.
Discussion: This ain't Hell …
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.
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Discussion: Don Surber
NY Daily News:
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 Earlier Items: 
David Simon / The Huffington Post:
The Wire's Final Season and the Story Everyone Missed
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Cheney cites ‘phenomenal’ Iraqi security progress as bombing kills 40
Discussion: bustardblog
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: IRAQ IS BACK  —  From Chuck Todd and Mark Murray