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12:55 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
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Bush Is Becoming Hoover; Where is FDR?
Athenae / First Draft:
It's A Small Crime
Discussion: 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 …
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 …
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 …
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Poll: Iraqis See Progress  —  A new poll of 2,200 Iraqis conducted by ABC News, the BBC, ARD German TV and the Japanese broadcaster NHK shows much improved attitudes across virtually every aspect of life in Iraq - though perhaps especially on the security front.
 
 
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