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5:05 PM ET, March 20, 2008

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Gene Maddaus / Daily Breeze:
Geraldine Ferraro resents being lumped in with the Rev. Wright in Obama speech  —  » See and hear the speech  —  Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro said today that she objected to the comparison Sen. Barack Obama drew between her and his former pastor in his speech on race relations Tuesday.
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Rasmussen Reports:
The Impact of Pastor Wright and THE SPEECH on Election 2008  —  Two days after Barack Obama gave the most important speech of his life, it remains unclear what impact the controversy over Pastor Jeremiah Wright will have on the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination.
Rasmussen Reports:
West Virginia Democratic Presidential Primary  —  West Virginia: Clinton 55% Obama 27%  —  Looking down the road to May 13, Senator Hillary Clinton holds a huge lead over Senator Barack Obama in the West Virginia Presidential Primary.  The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama racial issues may extend to Penn.  —  PHILADELPHIA — Stephanie Gill, a bartender in a white working class neighborhood in this Rust Belt city, noticed the shift immediately.  —  A week ago, her customers at Rauchut's Tavern in Tacony didn't have much to say about Barack Obama.
Time:
The Origin of Obama's Pastor Problem  —  Long before the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright became instant hits on YouTube and talk-show fodder for the cable news channels, Barack Obama knew he had a preacher problem.  On the eve of launching his campaign for the White House in February 2007 …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Clinton Holds Onto Lead Over Obama  —  McCain has slim advantage in general election preferences  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Hillary Clinton with a five percentage point lead over Barack Obama in national Democratic voters' nomination preferences, 48% to 43%.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: More Than Half Believe Obama Doesn't Share Views of Pastor Wright  —  Fifty-seven percent of Americans do not believe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama shares the controversial views of his former spiritual mentor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, while about one in four …
Discussion: Boston Globe, Hot Air and PunditGuy
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Geraldine Ferraro: Wright a “racist bigot”
Discussion: Daimnation!
Amy Sullivan / Washington Monthly:
DISCOVERING BLACK CHURCHES....I had to disappear to write my piece …
Discussion: TBogg
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:   Obama Approval Rating Soars - From 47% to 48%!
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MCCAIN: PURIM = HALLOWEEN?  —  When McCain made a foreign policy gaffe in Jordan on Tuesday, it was Sen. Joe Lieberman who quietly pointed out the mistake, giving McCain an opportunity to correct himself in front of the international press corps.  In Israel yesterday, NBC's Lauren Appelbaum reports …
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Matthew Yglesias:
Maybe He Should Have Briefings  —  More ignorance from John McCain:
Tim Montgomerie / CentreRight:
McCain visits Brown and Cameron
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Cheney Ex-Aide ‘Scooter’ Libby Disbarred  —  Vice President's Former Chief of Staff Convicted of Lying to Investigators in Plame Case  —  Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was disbarred today by a District of Columbia court that ruled that his convictions …
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CNN:
Cheney's former chief of staff disbarred  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was disbarred from practicing law in the nation's capital on Thursday.  —  The former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney was convicted last year of lying to a grand jury and federal agents probing …
WNBC:
Former Cheney Aide Libby Disbarred
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain aide circulates Obama/Wright video, is suspended  —  An aide to John McCain was suspended from the campaign today for blasting out an inflammatory video that raises questions about Barack Obama's patriotism.  —  Soren Dayton, who works in McCain's political department …
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Sam Wood / Philly.com:
Obama wows WIP sports jocks  —  Sen. Barack Obama called into sports radio 610 WIP this morning, charming the usually rambuctious morning talk show hosts and winning their endorsements.  —  “People are really swept up [by this candidate],” said host Al Morganti.  “It's almost like teenaged girls at a concert.
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Mike Flannery / WBBM-TV:
Obama Camp Rejects Supporter's Past Use Of N Word  —  It's Third Time Campaign Is Forced To Denounce Controversial Comments  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― Sen. Barack Obama is target for critics again Wednesday night in another incident involving a minister and race.
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Confederate Yankee:
ANOTHER Pastor Problem for Obama? PLUS: A Reporter in the Tank
Discussion: Macsmind
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A “TYPICAL WHITE PERSON”?!  —  I've expressed admiration for Barack Obama's political skills, but maybe, in a time of stress, his inexperience is beginning to show.  In an interview earlier today, he referred to his grandmother—the one he slandered in his speech on Tuesday—as a “typical white person.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Andrew Maykuth / Philly.com:
Ruling: “Speak English” sign at cheesesteak shop not discriminatory  —  A city agency yesterday dismissed a discrimination complaint against Geno's Steaks for its speak-English sign, halting a case that thrust shop owner Joey Vento into the national spotlight of the contentious immigration debate.
Discussion: Wake up America and Hot Air
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Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
MCCAIN'S FOREIGN POLICY ‘GAFFE’  —  IN AMMAN, JORDAN, MARCH 18, 2008, WITH SENS. LIEBERMAN AND GRAHAM. … GETTING THE FACTS RIGHT ABOUT IRAQ REMAINS A CHALLENGE FOR AMERICAN POLITICIANS FIVE YEARS AFTER THE U.S. INVASION.  SPEAKING IN AMMAN, JORDAN, AFTER A VISIT TO IRAQ …
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonk Room
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Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain baselessly asserted Iran/al Qaeda ties last month.
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Double Standards  —  Obama gave a very good interview to Nightline about his speech on race and the Wright controversy.  Here's one excerpt: … In a similar fashion: if a white candidate is affiliated in some fashion with a white religious figure who preaches incendiary sermons …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama's NCAA Bracket  —  CHARLESTON, W.V. - Even on the campaign trail, it's basketball time.  Yesterday, Senator Barack Obama played a morning round of hoops with soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina.  Today, as he arrived here for a campaign event, he completed his NCAA Final Four bracket.
 
 
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Michael Meyers / Los Angeles Times:
Obama blew it  —  What the candidate should have said about race.
New York Times:
Obama Shifts Focus to Economic Toll of War
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Ralph Peters / New York Post:
SHOCK AND AWFUL  —  ON the fifth anniversary of our cam paign …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Corner
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Campaign Gets A New C.O.O.
Sam Graham-Felsen / my.barackobama.com:
Obama: The War in Iraq Has Burdened American Working Families
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Michigan Legislature Adjourns Without Passing Revote
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
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Kerry on race mattering
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