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12:05 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.
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Testing Of Obama  —  Today will be a crucial day.  It will be a day when we will discover if America's racial environment - and the emotions and feelings and anger and fears that it entails - can allow for a black man - with all that entails - to become president.
The Politico:
Race uproar offers test for Obama  —  Democrats who worry that Barack Obama is untested can put their concerns to rest.  —  The inflammatory rhetoric of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has confronted Obama with the most severe test of his presidential campaign and, quite likely, of his public career.
Ross Douthat:
Obama's Speech  —  Barack Obama's long association with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright isn't significant because it suggests that Obama shares Wright's more controversial views; I have no doubt that he does not.  It's significant because it undercuts an important aspect of Obama's promise as a politician …
Discussion: Eunomia
Press Association:
On Defensive, Obama Plans Talk on Race  —  Faced with what his advisers acknowledged was a major test to his candidacy, Senator Barack Obama sought on Monday to contain the damage from incendiary comments made by his pastor and prepared to address the issue of race more directly than at any other moment of his presidential campaign.
Karl / protein wisdom:
Andrew Sullivan launches a preemptive attack on Obama's critics
Discussion: Snarky Bastards
Obama speech: Former pastor ‘like family to me’
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE
Byron York / The Corner:   All The News That's Fit...
Michelle Malkin:
Newsflash: Obama says “God bless America;” …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Spin Cycle
Associated Press:
Obama confronts racial division in US
Discussion: Corrente and FREEDOM EDEN
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Obama to Confront Racial Issues
Discussion: Redstate
NY Daily News:
Gov. Paterson admits to sex with other woman for years  —  The thunderous applause was still ringing in his ears when the state's new governor, David Paterson, told the Daily News that he and his wife had extramarital affairs.  —  In a stunning revelation, both Paterson, 53, and his wife …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Street on Welfare  —  Never do I want to hear again from my conservative friends about how brilliant capitalists are, how much they deserve their seven-figure salaries and how government should keep its hands off the private economy.  —  The Wall Street titans have turned into a bunch of welfare clients.
Mohamed El-Erian / Financial Times:
Why the Fed must act in unfamiliar ways
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Rescue Tests the Fed's Credibility
Discussion: Portfolio
Bill Mears / CNN:
Court decision on gun-control is personal for 2 women  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Shelly Parker wants to know why she cannot keep a handgun in her house.  As a single woman she has been threatened by neighborhood drug dealers in a city where violent crime rates are on the rise.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A False Claim of Valor and a Cry of Free Speech
Discussion: Law Blog
Frank Newport / Gallup:
McCain's 67% Favorable Rating His Highest in Eight Years  —  Obama has a 62% favorable rating, while Clinton's is 53%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — John McCain's 67% favorable rating is the highest of any of the three major candidates running for president, and ties for his highest in Gallup polling history.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Obama camp: HRC is taking the low road  —  Is it possible to win the Democratic nomination in such a way as to make winning not worth it?  —  The Barack Obama campaign thinks so.  It thinks Hillary Clinton's campaign is willing to take any road to the White House, including the low road.
New York Times:
U.S. Adapts Cold-War Idea to Fight Terrorists  —  WASHINGTON — In the days immediately after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, members of President Bush's war cabinet declared that it would be impossible to deter the most fervent extremists from carrying out even more deadly terrorist missions with biological, chemical or nuclear weapons.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Longer Wright  —  An Obama supporter sends over a more extended version of Jeremiah Wright's Christmas sermon, which includes those charged attacks on Hillary.  —  There's also some Greek, a lot of Jesus, disapproval of “gay hating,” and a lengthy, and pretty funny, riff on instant messages.
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