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4:15 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.
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
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 …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Kristol Does the Obama Campaign a Huge Favor  —  In case you haven't seen it, the indispensable Marc Ambinder apprears to have caught the Times' resident hack-propagandist making what appears to be a pretty serious error.  Here's what Bill Kristol writes in his column this morning:
Marc Ambinder:   Obama Will Speak On Wright, Race, Future
Angela Winters / The Moderate Voice:
The Black American Divide
Discussion: USA Today
ABCNEWS:
Obama's Church Assails Media Coverage of Pastor
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
Gallup:   Gallup Daily: Clinton Now at 47%, Obama at 45%
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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Washington Post:
U.S. Markets Fluctuate After Bear Stearns News
Discussion: TownHall Blog and New York Times
Athenae / First Draft:
It's A Small Crime
Discussion: Liberal Fascism and Corrente
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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.
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Foreign investors veto Fed rescue
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Vox Popoli
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The B Word  —  O.K., here it comes: The unthinkable is about to become the inevitable.
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
Chris Salzberg / Global Voices Online:
Japan: Support for Tibet  —  As fires rage on in the streets of Lhasa, bloggers in another part of the world have been anxiously following developments in Tibet with open eyes and open ears.  Over the weekend, as mainstream media [ja] in Japan presented what many criticized as toned-down coverage …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Great Firewall of China expands as Tibetan riots continue
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.
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 …
 
 
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News from the Louisiana delegation in the nation's capital
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rove's Second Act
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog  —  A reader: … [Me] I repeat: Obama's toast.
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Bomb kills 39 in Iraqi city of Karbala
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
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Fateful Choice on Iraq Army Bypassed Debate
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Many voting for Clinton to boost GOP
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Democrats unable to agree on Florida do-over
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