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8:45 PM ET, March 18, 2008


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Drudge Report:
OBAMA SPEECH IN FULL: A MORE PERFECT UNION  —  “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.”  —  Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy.
Charles Murray / The Corner:
Have I missed the competition?  —  I read the various posts here on “The Corner,” mostly pretty ho-hum or critical about Obama's speech.  Then I figured I'd better read the text (I tried to find a video of it, but couldn't).  I've just finished.  Has any other major American politician ever …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Speech  —  Alas, I cannot give a more considered response right now as I have to get on the road.  But I do want to say that this searing, nuanced, gut-wrenching, loyal, and deeply, deeply Christian speech is the most honest speech on race in America in my adult lifetime.
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Obama's Lies  —  Not so much lies as a sort of slippery sleight-of-mouth.  I'm starting to really dislike Obama. … Segregation was not “the law of the land” in the 1950s.  It was the law in a minority of states. … If, as Obama seems to be claiming, those are the sentiments …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA'S BIG SPEECH  —  From Chuck Todd and Mark Murray  —  *** Obama's big speech: The last time a top presidential candidate gave an important speech on a sensitive topic was last December, when Mitt Romney talked about American faith.  His speech drew favorable reviews …
Discussion: The Corner and MyDD
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Bargain  —  Geraldine Ferraro may have had sinister motives when she said that Barack Obama would not be “in his position” as a frontrunner but for his race.  Possibly she was acting as Hillary Clinton's surrogate.  Or maybe she was simply befuddled by this new reality …
Discussion: The Root and The Daily Dish
Deacon / Power Line:
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:   MoveOn Move In  —  Obama's speech was thoughtful, powerful …
The New Republic:
John McWhorter Reviews Obama's Speech
Discussion: The Corner and Eunomia
The New Republic:
Todd Gitlin Reviews Obama's Speech
Discussion: The Corner and TPMCafe
David Corn / MoJoBlog:   “Black and More Than Black”: Obama's Daring and Unique Speech on Race
The New Republic:   Alan Wolfe Reviews Obama's Speech
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Obama's Speech
Discussion: The Page and Crooks and Liars
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:   Re: Closer to Wright?
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Obama tells the Best Political Team on Television: You Have a Choice
Karl / protein wisdom:
Does Barack Obama's religion matter?
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Caucus
Fester / The Newshoggers:   Encourage the Conservative ID
Marc Ambinder:
Reflections On Obama's Speech
Washington Post:
A McCain Gaffe in Jordan  —  AMMAN, Jordan — Sen. John McCain, traveling in the Middle East to promote his foreign policy expertise, misidentified in remarks Tuesday which broad category of Iraqi extremists are allegedly receiving support from Iran.  —  He said several times that Iran …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
McCain's 67% Favorable Rating His Highest in Eight Years
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard Blog:
McCain Was Right, Iran Works with Al Qaeda
Chicago Tribune:
Iraq violence greets McCain, Cheney
Discussion: Pottersville
Quinnipiac University:
Clinton Widens Lead Over Obama In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Momentum Shifts To Her, But Racial Split Grows  —  The momentum in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary battle has shifted back to New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, who now leads Illinois Sen. Barack Obama 53 …
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:   Clinton widens leads over Obama in Pa., poll finds
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
John Murtha Endorses Hillary Clinton  —  LANCASTER, Pa. — Rep. John P. Murtha has announced his endorsement of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, bringing his clout as a 17-term member of the House and a prominent anti-war Democrat to bear with more than a month until the primary here in his home state.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Confluence
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to strike down D.C. handgun ban  —  Several justices indicate they believe the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution protects individual rights.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justices, hearing a historic argument on the meaning of the 2nd Amendment …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Obama's New Radio Ads  —  PHILADELPHIA — Senator Hillary Clinton may be ahead in the polls here in Pennsylvania, but Senator Barack Obama is the first one up on the air, with two radio spots starting today.  They are the first ads in advance of the state's primary, April 22.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate 75 basis points to 2-1/4 percent.  —  Recent information indicates that the outlook for economic activity has weakened further.  Growth in consumer spending has slowed and labor markets have softened.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary: I'm Glad Obama Gave That Speech
Discussion: The Confluence
Josh Gerstein / Latest Politics:
Senator Clinton's First Lady Schedules to Drop Tomorrow
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Jesse Jackson: Obama Just Turned Crisis Into Opportunity
Paul Krugman:
Shouting “fire” in a crowded theater
Discussion: EconLog
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
“The Throw Your Grandmother Under the Bus Speech” [Rich Lowry]
Justin Rood / ABCNEWS:
White House E-Mail Battle Heats Up
Marc Ambinder:
More On Imminent Death Of Michigan Primary....