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11:20 AM ET, March 19, 2008


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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.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
A Speech That Fell Short  —  Barack Obama has run a campaign based on a simple premise: that words of unity and hope matter to America.  Now he has been forced by his charismatic, angry pastor to argue that words of hatred and division don't really matter as much as we thought.
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Black, White & Gray  —  In many ways, Barack Obama's speech on race was momentous and edifying.  —  You could tell it was personal, that he had worked hard on it, all weekend and into the wee hours Tuesday.  Overriding aides who objected to putting race center stage, he addressed a painful …
Discussion: Gawker
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's faith in the reasoning abilities of the American public
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:
Discussion: Hot Air
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Analysis: Obama Grabs Race Issue
Discussion: Donklephant
Marc Ambinder:
Questions About Obama  —  For the first time in two months, Democrats who had concluded that Barack Obama had sewn up the nomination, Democrats who support Barack Obama, Democrats who had concluded, as I had, that the mathematics work against Hillary Clinton, are filling my inbox and voice mail …
Discussion: marbury and Swampland
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.
Voice of America:
Bush Defends War in Iraq  —  President Bush has marked the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq with a speech defending the war and warning that a withdrawal would hand victory to terrorists.  —  Mr. Bush told an audience at the Pentagon Defense Department Wednesday …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Estimates of Iraq War Cost Were Not Close to Ballpark  —  WASHINGTON — At the outset of the Iraq war, the Bush administration predicted that it would cost $50 billion to $60 billion to oust Saddam Hussein, restore order and install a new government.  —  Five years in, the Pentagon tags …
Five years later, Bush to say Iraq war must go on
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Paul slighted by the ‘neoconservative’ GOP  —  Ron Paul says the legions of newcomers his presidential campaign brought to the Republican Party are getting the cold shoulder from John McCain and from the party.  —  The Texas congressman says neither he nor his supporters have heard …
Ariel Alexovich / The Caucus:
The Early Word: Clinton Documents to Be Released
Clinton's First Lady Papers to Go Public
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Bear's Run-Up Sets the Stage For Epic Clash  —  Speculators Ignite Rally, Driving Shares Up 23%; Disbelief on Deal Price  —  Investors aren't ready to give up on the Bear just yet.  —  Betting that J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. will have to pay up to seal its fire-sale deal to acquire Bear Stearns Cos. …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Missteps on Iraq; Democrats Pounce  —  JERUSALEM — Senator John McCain's trip overseas was supposed to highlight his foreign policy acumen, and his supporters hoped that it would showcase him in a series of statesmanlike meetings with world leaders throughout the Middle East and Europe …
Washington Post:
McCain Mixes Up Iraqi Groups
Discussion: Firedoglake
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard Blog:
McCain Was Right, Iran Works with Al Qaeda
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
PATERSON GAL'S TAPE SHOCKER  —  OLYMPICS BABE BARES RECORDING & JOB ‘HE GOT ME’  —  An attractive Olympic gold-medalist says she had a close personal relationship with Gov. Paterson earlier this year - during which time she recorded a series of secret telephone conversations with him.
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Bearing Arms ... Against Bears  —  JUSTICE KENNEDY THINKS D.C. RESIDENTS NEED PROTECTION—FROM GRIZZLIES.  —  With all due respect to those who complain that the justices on the Supreme Court are too secretive, and for those who wish, perhaps, that David Souter was more like David …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Lame duck reporters are bored  —  When White House press secretary Dana Perino appeared on “The Daily Show” last week, host Jon Stewart asked how she got the day off: “Did they not need press secretarying today?”  —  These days, with President Bush largely relegated to the sidelines rather …
NY Daily News:
Sharpton supporting Barack - silently  —  The Rev. Al Sharpton is backing Barack Obama, but he's made the strategic decision to keep his support quiet.  —  That's the message Sharpton delivered to his flock last Saturday as he boasted of talking to Obama “two or three times a week” …
Philip Bredesen / New York Times:
Choose, or Lose in November  —  WE Democrats have a problem, but it's one we can fix.  —  We are blessed with two fine candidates, but it's entirely possible that when primary season ends on June 3, we will still lack a clear nominee.  Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton could each still believe …
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Carrie Giddins / New York Times:
Rules Count  —  IN life, in love and in politics …
Discussion: New York Times
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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Calls Mount for Olympic Ceremony Boycott
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