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5:35 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 …
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!
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush's Triumphalist Amnesia
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Adam Blickstein /
Iraq Conference Call Creates Contentious Clash
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Obama mocks McCain, Clinton on Iraq
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.
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.
Reuters/Zogby Index: Mood of Americans Shows Sharp Decline  —  Three in four now believe U.S. is in a recession  —  UTICA, New York - With U.S. recession fears hitting new highs, the overall mood of Americans has taken a sharp turn for the worse, a new Reuters/Zogby poll shows.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Spin Cycle
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  —  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: MyDD
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 …
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
Amanda / Think Progress:
Cheney On Two-Thirds Of The American Public Opposing The Iraq War: ‘So?’  —  This morning, on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, ABC's Good Morning America aired an interview with Vice President Cheney on the war.  During the segment, Cheney flatly told White House correspondent Martha Raddatz …
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
What Iraqis Want You to Hear  —  Two days ago ABC News released …
Discussion: Dean's World
Florida senators offer plan to seat delegates  —  (CNN) — Two Florida state senators presented a plan Wednesday to seat the state's delegates at the Democratic National Convention, hoping that Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will embrace their compromise.
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.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Can't Grasp Credit Crisis?  Join the Club  —  Raise your hand if you don't quite understand this whole financial crisis.  —  It has been going on for seven months now, and many people probably feel as if they should understand it.  But they don't, not really.  The part about the housing crash seems simple enough.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
“The Obama Defense”  —  I predict Obama has bequeathed to us a new lexicon, a novel way to explain away racist outbursts.  —  Obama has sanctified the doctrines of moral equivalence (the private racial slight is balanced by the televised public hatred; everyone has a pastor in some ways like Wright …
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Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
It's still a question of Wright and wrong
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DC Moonbat Convergence
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Clinton Praises Petraeus
Ingrid Robeyns / Crooked Timber:
Belgium no longer exists
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: MyDD and The Page
David Stout / New York Times:
Justices Overturn Louisiana Death Sentence
Discussion: The Swamp
New York Times:
New Governor and Wife Talk of Past Affairs
Frederick Clarkson / Talk To Action:
Senior McCain Advisor: Religious Right is a “Serious Problem”
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Haaretz
 Earlier Items: 
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Poll Shows Most Palestinians Favor Violence Over Talks
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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Josiah Ryan / CNSNews:
Judiciary Chair ‘Struggling’ With Decision to Impeach Bush
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Ross Douthat:
Obama and the Right  —  Andrew argues that the dismissive reactions …
Matt Moore / Associated Press:
Lynndie England Blames Media for Photos
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Lame duck reporters are bored
Discussion: Wonkette and American Princess
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Paul slighted by the ‘neoconservative’ GOP