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11:55 AM ET, March 20, 2008

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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, The Caucus and MSNBC
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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 …
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
DNC won't give in on Fla., Mich., official warns
Discussion: The Page and TPM Election Central
Los Angeles Times:
Clinton donors offer to fund Michigan do-over
Discussion: Reason Magazine and The Page
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 …
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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: QandO
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Clinton doubles lead in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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
The Politico:
HRC schedules give foes, allies ammunition
Discussion: Washington Wire
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The media's special relationship with John McCain
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
McCain, Obama Clash Over Iran's Al Qaeda Role
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
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 …
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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.
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.
Paul Boutin / New York Times:
So You Want to Be a Blogging Star?  —  MARK CUBAN, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has a full plate.  Besides his basketball team, the busy billionaire also owns part of a media company, and serves as chairman of the TV channel HDNet.  He recently competed for five weeks on “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC.
Discussion: distributorcap NY
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Bluey Blog and Salon
 
 
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