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1:35 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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
The speech  —  He hasn't started speaking yet here in Philly, but Drudge just busted the embargo, so I've posted the text after the jump.  —  It's quite a speech: autobiographical, embracing complexity, and answering questions about Wright — whose most offensive words, he says …
Obama: We can move beyond some of our racial wounds  —  PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday he chose to run for president because he believes “we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together.”  —  Speaking to supporters …
Michelle Malkin:
Newsflash: Obama says “God bless America;” Plus: The Philly speech-Can Obama get his glow back?  Update: Obama on Wright, “I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community;” Hate-filled sermons were just “snippets;” Hey, let's point the finger at “talk show hosts and conservative commentators”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Testing Of Obama
Jill Miller Zimon / The Moderate Voice:
Text of Barack Obama speech on race, 3/18/08
Discussion: Polimom Says
Ross Douthat:
Obama's Speech  —  Barack Obama's long association …
Discussion: Eunomia
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: MyDD
The Politico:
Race uproar offers test for Obama
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 …
Matthew Yglesias:
Doesn't Understand Economics, Either
Discussion: Eschaton and Early Warning
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 …
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and MSNBC
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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Clinton widens leads over Obama in Pa., poll finds  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Sen. Barack Obama in the Pennsylvania Democratic presidential primary battle, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.  —  Sen. Clinton now leads Sen. Obama …
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:   Poll gives McCain edge on defense, but not Democrats on economy
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
About Obama's Speech  — was in many respects excellent.  I thought the first third of the speech was not so good in that that he offered up too much stark racial context before he got to the part about addressing Wright.  But once he got wound up, he spoke about as candidly and eloquently …
Discussion: American Spectator
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.
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Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
‘Not This Time’  —  I watched most of Obama's speech live on
Discussion: PoliGazette
Charlotte Hays / The Corner:
The Politics of Grievance  —  Obama is no longer a post-racial candidate.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Robert Schlesinger / The Politico:
'08 race revolves around power rhetoric
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
How Did I Get Iraq Wrong?
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
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USA Today:
‘Super delegate’ win would be unfair, voters say
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Only World War II was costlier than Iraq war
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Todd: Clinton's superdelegate fight
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Longer Wright  —  An Obama supporter sends over a more extended version …
Chris Weigant / The Huffington Post:
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Alan S. Blinder / Washington Post:
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New York Times:
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
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