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2:20 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 …
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 …
Ronald Kessler / NewsMax.com:
Washington Insider with Ronald Kessler  —  Obama Attended Hate America Sermon  —  Contrary to Senator Barack Obama's claim that he never heard his pastor Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. preach hatred of America, Obama was in the pews last July 22 when the minister blamed the “white arrogance” …
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.
Faiz / Think Progress:   Kristol commits major error in NYT column.
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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Athenae / First Draft:
It's A Small Crime
Discussion: Corrente and Liberal Fascism
Glenn Thrush / The Swamp:   Clinton backs Fed, says economy's ‘in the soup’
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: MyDD and Daily Kos
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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 …
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Clinton: McCain would keep troops in Iraq 100 years
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, Hot Air and MSNBC
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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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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Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Bomb kills 39 in Iraqi city of Karbala  —  BAGHDAD - A female suicide bomber attacked a group of Shiite worshippers near a mosque in Karbala on Monday, killing at least 39 people and wounding 54, officials said.  —  The worshippers were gathered at a sacred historical site about half a mile …
Discussion: Think Progress
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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.
Washington Wire:
Obama Criticizes Bush for Economic Woes  —  Nick Timiraos reports on the presidential race.  —  Sen. Barack Obama slammed the Bush administration for failing to respond aggressively to the economic crisis on Wall Street and for his administration's cluelessness about the economic concerns of Americans.
Discussion: This ain't Hell …
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 …
 
 
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John Derbyshire / The Corner:
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The peculiar theology of black liberation
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
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