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10:30 PM ET, March 20, 2008

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MSNBC:
2 fired over Obama passport file breach  —  Third employee at State disciplined over accessing candidate's records  —  Two contract employees of the State Department were fired and a third person was disciplined for accessing passport records of Sen. Barack Obama “without a need to do so …
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Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Obama passport files violated; 2 State Department workers fired  —  Two State Department employees were fired recently and a third disciplined for improperly accessing electronic personal data on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Looking at Obama's File Gets Two Fired  —  The State Department said last night that it had fired two contract employees and disciplined a third for accessing Sen. Barack Obama's passport file.  —  Obama's presidential campaign immediately called for a “complete investigation.”
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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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Aide Suspended For Pushing Racially-Charged Obama-Wright Video  —  A McCain campaign aide actively pushed an incendiary, racially-charged video that uses the controversial words of Barack Obama's pastor to tar Obama as unpatriotic — despite the fact that McCain himself has suggested …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Clinton Doesn't Deny Campaign is Pushing Wright Story to Superdelegates  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign has strictly maintained a public position not to comment on Sen. Barack Obama's relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Hagee, in ‘NYT’ This Sunday, Says McCain Sought His Endorsement
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and AMERICAblog
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
McCain Throws Aide Under the Bus for Twittering YouTube Link
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Jeremiah Wright was White House guest  —  The recent coverage of Rev. Jeremiah Wright has often cast him as a marginal, almost fringe figure, but Trinity Church is a major Chicago institution, and Wright has long been a prominent pastor on the American scene.
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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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 …
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.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Clinton Holds Onto Lead Over Obama
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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.”
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Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Obama: Grandmother “Typical White Person”  —  Via a WIP radio: … Can you imagine if Hillary Clinton said someone was a “typical black person?”  —  Seriously, Barack Obama basically called all white people racist.  You know, because when us typical white folk walk down the street …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Wonkette
Dan Gross / PhillyGossip:
Obama on WIP: My grandmother's a “typical white person”  —  We thought we heard this, but we wanted to go back and listen to the clip of Sen. Barack Obama on 610 WIP this morning to be sure.  —  610 WIP host Angelo Cataldi asked Obama about his Tuesday morning speech on race …
Amy Sullivan / Washington Monthly:
Guest: Amy Sullivan  —  AS I WAS SAYING....Good lord.  I always forget there's no presumption of good faith (no pun intended) in the blogosphere.  I should know better than to throw up a quick post, but let's all take a deep breath and start over.  —  I believe one of the reasons …
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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.
Discussion: The New Republic
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Race-related blog causing controversy
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Racist comments on FOX News Website: Where is O'Reilly's crack team now?
Joseph C. Wilson / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Shallow Credentials on National Security Are Dangerous for the Country
Discussion: Swampland
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Maher on McCain: “Not Tougher. Dumber.”
Discussion: VetVoice and The RBC
Michael Meyers / Los Angeles Times:
Obama blew it  —  What the candidate should have said about race.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.  —  Kevin Drum: … How Kevin was able …
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Double Standards  —  Obama gave a very good interview to Nightline …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
FBI posts fake hyperlinks to snare child porn suspects