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3:55 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” …
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 …
Angela Winters / The Moderate Voice:
The Black American Divide
Discussion: USA Today
Marc Ambinder:   Obama Will Speak On Wright, Race, Future
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Kristol Does the Obama Campaign a Huge Favor
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
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Clinton Now at 47%, Obama at 45%
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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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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.
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: Corrente and Liberal Fascism
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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 and D-Day
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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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.
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 …
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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 …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rove's Second Act  —  Karl Rove, who has spent his career denigrating Democrats, was on the Fox News set last Monday when he was asked a point-blank question: Should Eliot Spitzer resign?  —  Pronouncing the situation “very sad,” Rove said he wasn't in the business of telling the New York governor what to do.
 
 
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Great Firewall of China expands as Tibetan riots continue
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
Little Green Footballs:
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More in foreclosure choose to walk away
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 Earlier Items: 
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Poll: Iraqis See Progress
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE PARTY FAITHFUL....Conservative pundits who write …
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Fateful Choice on Iraq Army Bypassed Debate
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Many voting for Clinton to boost GOP
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