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10:05 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 …
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Obama's Speech Was Brilliant, But  —  Will the complexity of his message reach the people it needs to?  —  Today, Barack Obama gave a brilliant, inspiring, intellectually supple speech—but one that may have done little to solve his festering problem with working class white Americans.
Washington Post:   Sen. Barack Obama Addresses Race at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:   MoveOn Move In  —  Obama's speech was thoughtful, powerful …
The New Republic:
Todd Gitlin Reviews Obama's Speech
Discussion: The Corner
David Corn / MoJoBlog:   “Black and More Than Black”: Obama's Daring and Unique Speech on Race
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Corner, MyDD and Trailhead
The New Republic:
John McWhorter Reviews Obama's Speech
Discussion: protein wisdom, The Corner and Eunomia
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Obama's Speech
Discussion: The Page and The Huffington Post
The New Republic:   Alan Wolfe Reviews Obama's Speech
Deacon / Power Line:
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:   Re: Closer to Wright?
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 …
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 …
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Pastor's Remarks Hurt Obama  —  While Most Are Unaffected By Controversy, A Third Of Those Who Have Heard About It View Obama Less Favorably  —  (CBS) A new CBS News poll finds that while most voters who have heard at least something about controversial statements …
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.
Dawson Bell / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan do-over depends on Obama's backing, Senate leaders say  —  LANSING - Legislation to set a second Democratic presidential primary for June 3 won't be acted upon until and unless it wins the endorsement of the Barack Obama campaign, state Senate leaders said Tuesday morning.
Discussion: The Caucus
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Convention Floor Fight Here We Come
Marc Ambinder:
More On Imminent Death Of Michigan Primary....
Discussion: The Buzz and Ben Smith's Blogs
Lech Mintowt-Czyz / Times of London:
Science fiction author Arthur C Clarke dies aged 90  —  Science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died aged 90 in his adopted home of Sri Lanka, it was confirmed tonight.  —  Clarke, who had battled debilitating post-polio syndrome since the 1960s and sometimes used a wheelchair …
Ravi Nessman / Associated Press:
Writer Arthur C. Clarke dies at 90
Madlen Read / Associated Press:
Stocks surge after Fed move  —  NEW YORK - Wall Street stormed higher Tuesday as investors, optimistic following stronger-than-expected earnings from two big investment banks, were also galvanized by the Federal Reserve's decision to cut interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:   Dow Surges 420 Points on Fed Rate Cut and Earnings
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
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 …
The beer v. wine vote  —  (CNN) - As some Americans recover from hangovers induced by St. Patrick's Day, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Tuesday suggests a voter's drinking preferences may also reveal their political preferences.  —  Beer drinkers appear more likely to vote …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Top Hillary Supporter Ed Rendell Hit Up George Soros For Money …
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
Monisha Bansal / CNSNews:
Pelosi Wants ‘Rwanda-Like Genocide’ in Iraq, Expert Says
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Jesse Jackson: Obama Just Turned Crisis Into Opportunity
Paul Krugman:
Shouting “fire” in a crowded theater
Discussion: EconLog
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
“The Throw Your Grandmother Under the Bus Speech” [Rich Lowry]
Justin Rood / ABCNEWS:
White House E-Mail Battle Heats Up