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9:35 PM ET, March 19, 2008


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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 …
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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:   The “Gray Area” of Iran-al Qaeda Connections
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Swampland and Matthew Yglesias
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Bush's Speech  —  Key graph: … It's true that the Awakening …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush's Triumphalist Amnesia
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Washington Wire:
McCain Camp Again Links Al Qaeda to Iran
Discussion: Think Progress
Cami McCormick / CBS News:
Gen. Petraeus' View Of Battleground Iraq
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and The Swamp
Daniel Nasaw / Guardian:
Clinton not in White House at key foreign policy times  —  On the day that dozens of US cruise missiles rained down on Serbia in an attempt to punish Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic for the country's onslaught against ethnic Albanian separatists in Kosovo, first lady Hillary Clinton …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
From the schedules: Working on NAFTA
Discussion: New York Times, Spin Cycle and The Page
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell …:
DC Moonbat Convergence  —  Another day, another protest.  Today is ANSWER's “Day of Action”.  Since the Iraq War started five years ago today, all of the organizations that have sprung up to cash in on the war decided to have an eight-ring circus in downtown Washington DC …
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Clinton Praises Petraeus  —  CHARLESTON, W.V. - As critical as she is about the Bush administration's conduct of the Iraq war, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a relatively rare shout-out to the military's top man in Baghdad, General David Petraeus, calling him “an extraordinary leaders and a wonderful advocate for our military.”
Fox News:
Obama Campaign Removes New Black Panther Party Endorsement From Web Site  —  Barack Obama's campaign has removed an endorsement by the New Black Panther Party from its Web site, one day after the Illinois senator delivered a speech calling for improved race relations in America.
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.
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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Hugh Williamson / Financial Times:
Warning on threat to Europe's US links
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Anti-Obama video crafted by talk radio producer
Manu Raju / The Hill:
McConnell's silence before the earmark vote triggers criticism
Libby Spencer / The Newshoggers:
Searching for unity in Leftopia
Discussion: protein wisdom
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
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Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
It's still a question of Wright and wrong
Ingrid Robeyns / Crooked Timber:
Belgium no longer exists
Discussion: Megan McArdle
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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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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