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5:20 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.
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” …
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 …
Discussion: Salon and No More Mister Nice Blog
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
ABCNEWS:
Obama's Church Assails Media Coverage of Pastor
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 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
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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.
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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The Agonist:
Rattling Apart: Captain Carnage and the Bear
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Times
Athenae / First Draft:
It's A Small Crime
Discussion: Corrente and Liberal Fascism
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, Daily Kos and D-Day
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
Spengler / Asia Times:
The peculiar theology of black liberation  —  Senator Barack Obama is not a Muslim, contrary to invidious rumors.  But he belongs to a Christian church whose doctrine casts Jesus Christ as a “black messiah” and blacks as “the chosen people”.  At best, this is a radically different kind …
Discussion: baldilocks, The Corner and Atlas Shrugs
 
 
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Obama Criticizes Bush for Economic Woes
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog  —  A reader: … [Me] I repeat: Obama's toast.
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
The Religious Left
Little Green Footballs:
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Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Many voting for Clinton to boost GOP