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9:40 AM ET, March 20, 2008

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Newsweek:
Clinton's schedules reveal curious deletions … The early days of 1996 were tense times inside the Clinton White House.  On Jan. 4, the First Couple's top personal aide reported that she had stumbled upon Hillary Clinton's long-lost Rose Law Firm billing records—documents that had been requested …
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WSJ.com:
Clinton's Calendar and Vince Foster  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports on Clinton's White House schedules.  —  Among the many things Hillary Clinton's schedule sheds light on are her activities before, during and after major events in her husband's presidential tenure — such as the death of Vince Foster.
Washington Post:
In Hillary Clinton's Datebook, A Shift  —  Events Less Lofty After Health-Care Debacle  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in the White House with a schedule befitting a president, packed with policy sessions, meetings with senators and trips to promote an ambitious political agenda.
Discussion: Salon, Ben Smith's Blogs and The Page
The Politico:
HRC schedules give foes, allies ammunition
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Page
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Clinton Facing Narrower Path to Nomination  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton needs three breaks to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Senator Barack Obama in the view of her advisers.  —  She has to defeat Mr. Obama soundly in Pennsylvania next month to buttress …
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Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
DNC won't give in on Fla., Mich., official warns  —  States must redo primaries to be seated  —  Unless Florida and Michigan Democrats devise workable plans to redo their outlaw primaries, there is no chance the national party will yield to pressure and approve their delegates if it could tip …
USA Today:
Revote donors linked to Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — Ten wealthy Democrats have offered to pay for a new presidential primary in Michigan — all with ties to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who showed up in the state Wednesday seeking a revote.  —  Five of the donors are listed on Clinton's campaign website as among her major fundraisers.
Discussion: New York Times
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Tom Reynolds expected to announce retirement on Thursday  —  Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.) has scheduled a noon press conference on Thursday, and GOP insiders say the veteran lawmaker is going to announce his retirement from Congress, effective at the end of this year.
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David Brown / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Clinton leads by 16 points in statewide poll  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton has extended her lead over Sen. Barack Obama among registered Democrats likely to vote in the Pennsylvania primary on April 22, a poll released today shows.  —  Clinton of New York leads Obama of Illinois …
Discussion: TPM Election Central and The Page
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
States' Data Obscure How Few Finish High School  —  JACKSON, Miss. — When it comes to high school graduation rates, Mississippi keeps two sets of books.  —  One team of statisticians working at the state education headquarters here recently calculated the official graduation rate …
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James Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Plan gives federal No Child law more flexibility
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and MNpublius.com
Diane / cab drollery:
In Which I Eat Crow  —  Please pass the mustard.  —  From the day that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told us that impeachment was “off the table” I have been ragging on her backside and on the 110th Congress, and, I submit, for good reason.  We're still funding that illegal and misbegotten war in Iraq …
Carol Platt Liebau / TownHall Blog:
The “Wright” Time  —  Well, after almost a week spent defending his long-time friendship with a very controversial pastor, surely no one could be happier than Barack Obama and his campaign to read stories like this, detailing Bill Clinton's assignations with Monica Lewinsky on days when his wife was actually in The White House.
Discussion: TBogg
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Associated Press:   Lewinsky and the first lady  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Henryk M. Broder / Spiegel Online:
How a Film Triggered a Global Panic  —  It is the kind of stunt that has many fearing the worst: Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders plans to release a film about Islam.  Politicians worldwide are already trying to stop the project, before a single scene has been shown.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Ezra Levant:
“A great deal of anger has been expressed”  —  Last week, Maclean's magazine filed its legal application to open the doors of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's secret trial, scheduled for March 25th.  It was a thoughtful application, with references to court cases and arguments about the importance of a transparent legal system.
Discussion: Jay Currie
Ruthe Stein / San Francisco Chronicle:
It's a wrap - ‘Milk’ filming ends in S.F.  —  “Harvey will be coming out soon,” an extra assured the crowd in front of City Hall on a recent Sunday.  They had gathered to be in a scene in “Milk"- the movie about the life and death of Harvey Milk - in which the San Francisco supervisor delivers an impassioned speech.
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.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
McCain's Missed Opportunity  —  These are salad days for John McCain, touring world capitals with his buddies Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, meeting foreign leaders and returning to Washington with his nomination secure and polls confirming that he is well positioned to challenge either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.
Discussion: US News
Susie / Suburban Guerrilla:
Your Librul Media  —  In all my years in journalism, I've never seen anything quite as disgusting as this.  —  And I know some of you will snicker, because it “only” hurts Hillary Clinton.  —  And you would be wrong about that.  —  The enemy isn't Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.
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Discussion: TalkLeft and Pensito Review
Guardian:
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Yahoo! News:
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CBS News:
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Fox News:
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