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7:55 PM ET, March 19, 2008


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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Repeats Iran-Al Qaeda Gaffe Yet Again  —  Sen. John McCain has done it again.  —  For the third time in two days, the Arizona Republican has pushed the definitively false statement that the terrorist group Al-Qaeda was getting assistance from Iran, even though he was publicly ridiculed for the same false assertion on Tuesday.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
UNFIT FOR DUTY  —  Let me follow up on this McCain gaffe in which he got confused and claimed that al Qaeda was getting trained and equipped by Iran before doing mischief in Iraq, before being corrected by his senate colleague Joe Lieberman.  —  Let's start by stipulating that if Barack Obama …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Eschaton
Sam Graham-Felsen /
Obama Delivers Speech on 5th Anniversary of Iraq War  —  FAYETTEVILLE, NC—On the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, Senator Barack Obama offered a clear contrast between his foreign policy vision and that of John McCain, emphasizing the need to end the war in order to confront …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
The “Gray Area” of Iran-al Qaeda Connections
Discussion: Hot Air
M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Right Wing Bloggers: McCain Was Wrong to Say He Was Wrong!
Discussion: Think Progress and Firedoglake
Adam Blickstein /
Iraq Conference Call Creates Contentious Clash
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Obama mocks McCain, Clinton on Iraq
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Obama's lead over Clinton narrows: Reuters poll  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama's big national lead over Hillary Clinton has all but evaporated in the U.S. presidential race, and both Democrats trail Republican John McCain, according a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP sees Rev. Wright as pathway to victory  —  For months, Republican party officials have watched with increasing trepidation as Barack Obama has shattered fundraising records, packed arena after arena with shrieking fans and pulled in significant Republican and independent votes.
Zogby:   Reuters/Zogby Index: Mood of Americans Shows Sharp Decline
Lanny Davis / The Huffington Post:
Two Questions for Senator Obama  —  I read Senator Obama's recent speech on race and Rev. Wright in Philadelphia several times and very carefully.  It was a great, even brilliant, speech.  I appreciate Senator Obama's willingness to tackle a difficult subject and to explain his complex reactions to some of Rev. Wright's sermons.
Buried in Eloquence, Obama Contradictions About Pastor  —  In Speech, Obama Contradicted More Than a Year of Denials About His Knowledge of Rev. Wright's Sermons  —  Buried in his eloquent, highly praised speech on America's racial divide, Sen. Barack Obama contradicted more than a year …
Marc Ambinder:
Questions About Obama
Hillary Was in White House on ‘Stained Blue Dress’ Day  —  Schedules Reviewed by ABC Show Hillary May Have Been in the White House When the Fateful Act Was Committed  —  Hillary Clinton spent the night in the White House on the day her husband had oral sex with Monica Lewinsky …
Obama: Wright controversy has ‘shaken me up’  —  (CNN) — Barack Obama told CNN Wednesday the recent uproar over his former pastor's sermons has reminded him of the odds he faces in winning the White House.  —  “In some ways this, this controversy has actually shaken me up a little bit …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
CNN:   Florida senators offer plan to seat delegates
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
New Bin Laden Video to be Released UPDATE: We Have Video UPDATE: Muhammad Cartoon Rant  —  UPDATE: We have a copy of the video.  UPDATE: Video can be downloaded here, courtesy of Laura Mansfield.  UPDATE: Embedded video below.  I had uploaded the video first to LiveLeak, but it got messed up somehow.
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush's Triumphalist Amnesia
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Huck defends Wright  —  An assist from an unexpected quarter:  —  “[Y]ou can't hold the candidate responsible for everything that people around him may say or do,” Huckabee says.  “It's interesting to me that there are some people on the left who are having to be very uncomfortable with what …
LizzyPop / Daily Kos:
[UPDATED] Huckabee comments on Obama & the Rev. Wright flap
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:   What Iraqis Want You to Hear  —  Two days ago ABC News released …
Richard Harris / NPR:
The Mystery of Global Warming's Missing Heat  —  Listen Now  —  · Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message.  These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Bush's approval hits new low  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Just 31 percent of Americans approve of how President Bush is handling his job, according to a poll released Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war.
Discussion: Eschaton and Think Progress
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Clinton's 1993 NAFTA Meeting  —  One interesting event in Sen. Hillary Clinton's just-released schedules from the 1990s comes on Nov. 10 1993, when the former first lady was to serve as the closing act during a briefing on NAFTA, the trade agreement she now assails.  —  NAFTA BRIEFING DROP-BY
Discussion: MSNBC, Hot Air, QandO, Wonkette and Lynn Sweet
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
From the schedules: Working on NAFTA
Discussion: New York Times and Spin Cycle
Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
Stalemate in Detroit: City Council Asks Mayor to Resign, but He Refuses to Go  —  DETROIT — The City Council on Tuesday asked Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick to resign in light of evidence that he had lied under oath and plotted to cover up an extramarital affair with his former chief of staff.
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David Mark / The Politico:
Straw poll: Progressives favor Obama
Discussion: Blog entry
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Gorbachev at the Tomb of St. Francis
Discussion: Telegraph
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
It's still a question of Wright and wrong
Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell …:
DC Moonbat Convergence
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Clinton Praises Petraeus
Ingrid Robeyns / Crooked Timber:
Belgium no longer exists
Discussion: Megan McArdle
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
“The Obama Defense”  —  I predict Obama has bequeathed to us …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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Ross Douthat:
Obama and the Right  —  Andrew argues that the dismissive reactions …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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