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12:05 AM ET, March 20, 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 …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MCCAIN CAMP FIRES BACK AT OBAMA  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  McCain senior adviser Mark Salter just released this statement regarding the Iraq speech Obama gave earlier in the day.  If this biting statement by Salter — often viewed as McCain's alter ego — is any indication …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
THE MYTHICAL IRAN-AQI CONNECTION  —  Maybe John McCain gets his foreign policy briefings from CNN, or maybe it's vice versa.  In any event, CNN's Kyra Phillips was interviewing Gen. David Petraeus today and repeated McCain's gaffe from yesterday, touting a connection between Iran and al Qaeda in Iraq.
Discussion: Swampland and Matthew Yglesias
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
The “Gray Area” of Iran-al Qaeda Connections
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Bush's Speech  —  Key graph: … It's true that the Awakening …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Cami McCormick / CBS News:
Gen. Petraeus' View Of Battleground Iraq
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and The Swamp
Washington Wire:
McCain Camp Again Links Al Qaeda to Iran
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
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 …
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
Associated Press:
Lewinsky and the first lady  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
From the schedules: Working on NAFTA
John M. Broder / New York Times:
11,000 Long-Awaited Pages of Clinton's Schedules as First Lady Are Released
Discussion: The Swamp   Clinton's Calendar and Vince Foster
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.
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Discovering Obama  —  The political tide for Barack Obama was inconceivable as recently as a few months ago, and it may still carry him into the White House.  A mere three years out of the state legislature, the Illinois Senator has captured the Democratic imagination with his charisma …
Discussion: The New Republic and TigerHawk
USA Today:
In a gamble, Obama takes aim at America's ‘racial stalemate’
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
It's still a question of Wright and wrong
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Anti-Obama video crafted by talk radio producer  —  A YouTube video mash-up that attacks Barack Obama on issues relating to his patriotism that has rocketed around the internet in recent days was created in part by a prominent conservative talk radio producer.
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.
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
Fox News:
Obama Camp Rejects New Black Panther Party Endorsement After Removing Web Posting  —  Barack Obama's campaign has rejected the support of the New Black Panther Party, after removing an endorsement by the group from its Web site Wednesday.  —  Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor issued a statement rejecting …
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 …
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Clinton Facing Narrower Path to Nomination
Gateway Pundit:
Sizing Up Sacrifice- Iraq War vs. Major Battles Since WWII
Hugh Williamson / Financial Times:
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Stalemate in Detroit: City Council Asks Mayor to Resign, but He Refuses to Go
David Mark / The Politico:
Straw poll: Progressives favor Obama
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