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1:00 PM ET, March 17, 2008

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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.
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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 …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
I Don't Know What You Did Last Summer  —  Barack catches a break [but Ambinder and Sully need to give me a break - see below] - the NewsMax reporter who claimed Obama was in the church nodding in agreement during yet another of Jeremiah Wright's speeches has a space-time problem.  From NewsMax:
Faiz / Think Progress:   Kristol commits major error in NYT column.
USA Today:   Obama faces questions over ties to controversial minister
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The B Word  —  O.K., here it comes: The unthinkable is about to become the inevitable.  —  Last week, Robert Rubin, the former Treasury secretary, and John Lipsky, a top official at the International Monetary Fund, both suggested that public funds might be needed to rescue the U.S. financial system.
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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.
Discussion: American Spectator and Donklephant
Washington Post:
Fed Takes Broad Action to Avert Financial Crisis
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
JP Morgan Pays $2 a Share for Bear Stearns
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Foreign investors veto Fed rescue
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Vox Popoli
Athenae / First Draft:
It's A Small Crime
Discussion: Liberal Fascism
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Bush Is Becoming Hoover; Where is FDR?
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 …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and MSNBC
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Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Clinton: McCain would keep troops in Iraq 100 years
Detroit News:
Legislation for do-over is in limbo  —  Obama must agree to repeat election before bill is written  —  LANSING — State lawmakers looking at a Democratic presidential primary redo in Michigan appear to be locked in a standoff heading into a crucial week: Legislative leaders say the U.S …
Discussion: Redstate and TPM Election Central
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Lesley Clark / MiamiHerald.com:
Democrats unable to agree on Florida do-over  —  The ongoing problem of how to resolve Florida's outsider status in the presidential race continued to divide Democrats.  —  AIM  —  lclark@MiamiHerald.com  —  As the Florida Democratic Party gets ready to decide Monday whether to pull …
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
I WAS MCG AND WIFE'S THREE-WAY SEX STUD: EX-DRIVER  —  A former driver and aide to former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey yesterday made the bombshell claim that Dina Matos McGreevey must have always known her husband was gay - because he was the other man in bed with them.
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Many voting for Clinton to boost GOP  —  Seek to prolong bitter battle  —  For a party that loves to hate the Clintons, Republican voters have cast an awful lot of ballots lately for Senator Hillary Clinton: About 100,000 GOP loyalists voted for her in Ohio, 119,000 in Texas, and about 38,000 in Mississippi, exit polls show.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Fateful Choice on Iraq Army Bypassed Debate  —  BAGHDAD — When President Bush convened a meeting of his National Security Council on May 22, 2003, his special envoy in Iraq made a statement that caught many of the participants by surprise.  In a video presentation from Baghdad …
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
The Religious Left  —  For the last quarter-century, the MSM has focused almost all of its coverage on faith on the religious Right.  One of the consequences of all the attention being given to the hate-filled sermons by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright is that it will draw attention to the religious Left in America.
Matthew Hay Brown / The Swamp:
Irish PM: Clinton “hugely helpful” in Northern Ireland  —  When Irish eyes are smiling ... you'll find an American politician angling for a photo op.  And so President Bush, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Hillary Clinton all are taking their turns today with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern …
 
 
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