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12:35 PM ET, March 20, 2008

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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.
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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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Clinton takes lead over Obama in Gallup poll  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has moved into a significant lead over Barack Obama among Democratic voters, according to a new Gallup poll.  —  The March 14-18 national survey of 1,209 Democratic …
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Clinton doubles lead in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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.
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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 …
Discussion: The Page and TPM Election Central
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Clinton Facing Narrower Path to Nomination
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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Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
What Makes Hillary Tick? Her Schedule Doesn't Say
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and Abovethelaw.com
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WNBC:
Former Cheney Aide Libby Disbarred  —  Bush Commuted Libby's Prison Sentence Last Year  —  A Washington, D.C., radio station reports that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, has been disbarred.  —  A three-judge panel on the D.C. Court …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Discussion: TPM Election Central and QandO
Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain baselessly asserted Iran/al Qaeda ties last month.  —  Speaking at the Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston, TX, last month (Feb. 28th), McCain stated the following: … Watch it:  —  This is at least the fourth time that McCain has asserted a direct Iran/al Qaeda connection.
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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.
Jane Birnbaum / New York Times:
The Affluent, Too, Couldn't Resist Adjustable Rates  —  They took out adjustable-rate mortgages at the peak of the housing bubble to buy homes they would otherwise not be able to afford.  Or they refinanced existing mortgages to take cash out.  And now, two or three years later, the day of reckoning is here.
NY Daily News:
Gov may have billed campaign for hotel tryst  —  Gov. Paterson admitted Wednesday he may have improperly billed his campaign for at least one hotel tryst with a girlfriend.  —  The hotel tryst was apparently listed as “constituent services.”  —  A Daily News review found that in a handful …
Washington Post:
Fantasies on Iraq  —  THE FIFTH anniversary of the invasion of Iraq prompted a flurry of speeches from President Bush and the Democratic candidates who hope to inherit the White House next year.  Sadly, what they had in common was their failure to grapple with hard realities …
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.
 
 
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Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
The Professor as Open Book
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and Althouse
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