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3:05 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 …
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.
Discussion: The New Republic, QandO and Hot Air
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 …
Angela Winters / The Moderate Voice:
The Black American Divide
Discussion: USA Today
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Kristol Does the Obama Campaign a Huge Favor
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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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Reuters:
Bear Stearns Chairman Played Cards Amid Crisis-WSJ
Discussion: The Lede, Shakesville and First Draft
Athenae / First Draft:
It's A Small Crime
Discussion: Corrente and Liberal Fascism
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 …
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.
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MSNBC:
Bomber kills 39 worshippers in Iraq  —  Dozens wounded in attack near mosque as worshippers gathered at cafe  —  Iraqis remove some of the dead and wounded after a suicide bombing Monday in Karbala.  —  BAGHDAD - A female suicide bomber blew herself up Monday amid a group of Shiite worshippers near …
Discussion: Reuters, Salon and Jihad Watch
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Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Bomb kills 39 in Iraqi city of Karbala
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Foreign investors veto Fed rescue  —  As feared, foreign bond holders have begun to exercise a collective vote of no confidence in the devaluation policies of the US government.  The Federal Reserve faces a potential veto of its rescue measures.  —  Asian, Mid East and European investors stood aside …
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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.
Discussion: The New Republic, MyDD and Daily Kos
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog  —  A reader: … [Me] I repeat: Obama's toast.  He may yet get the Democratic nomination, but tens of millions of Americans who are neither (a) black nor (b) guilty white liberals are simply appalled that Obama would revere a guy like Jeremiah Wright for 20 years …
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.
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%.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Zogby:
Zogby Poll: U.S. Wants McCain to Answer the Phone  —  GOP presidential candidate seen as best to handle a 3 a.m. crisis at the White House  —  UTICA, New York - The recent Hillary Clinton campaign advertisement asking who Americans want answering the phone in the White House when a crisis erupts …
 
 
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rove's Second Act
Washington Wire:
Obama Criticizes Bush for Economic Woes
Little Green Footballs:
Obama's Church Web Site ‘Disappears’ …
Spengler / Asia Times:
The peculiar theology of black liberation
Discussion: The Corner and PoliGazette
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court grants review of indecency law, 7 other cases
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
The Religious Left
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More in foreclosure choose to walk away
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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Alison Leigh Cowan / New York Times:
Gay Couples Say Civil Unions Aren't Enough
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Fateful Choice on Iraq Army Bypassed Debate
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Obama's Brother in China