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5:50 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.
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.
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 …
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
Amy Sullivan / Washington Monthly:
DISCOVERING BLACK CHURCHES....I had to disappear to write my piece …
Discussion: TBogg
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Geraldine Ferraro: Wright a “racist bigot”
Discussion: Daimnation!
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 …
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
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.
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.”
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 …
Sam Wood /
Obama wows WIP sports jocks
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 …
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 …
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 …
Matthew Yglesias:
Maybe He Should Have Briefings  —  More ignorance from John McCain:
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
McCain, Obama Clash Over Iran's Al Qaeda Role  —  WASHINGTON — Iran's support for Al Qaeda is flaring up as an issue in the American presidential campaign.  —  Senator Obama, in a speech marking the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War, criticized Senator McCain, saying the Republican presidential candidate …
Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
Discussion: Wonk Room and Think Progress
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 …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Cheney Ex-Aide ‘Scooter’ Libby Disbarred
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.
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino  —  MS. PERINO: It's one of those days I have nothing to start with.  —  Q So?  (Laughter.)  —  MS. PERINO: It's one of those days, I had a feeling.  —  Q China sent more troops into Tibet to crack down on the demonstrators.  The United States have any reaction to that?
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Paterson's opposition research on himself
Discussion: Spin Cycle
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Maher on McCain: “Not Tougher. Dumber.”
Discussion: The RBC and VetVoice
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
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.  —  Kevin Drum: … How Kevin was able …
Discussion: Pandagon
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Double Standards  —  Obama gave a very good interview to Nightline …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Lessons not learned  —  (updated below)  —  Slate is publishing …
Ed Kaitz / American Thinker:
Obama's Anger … Back in the late 1980s I was on a plane flying …
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
FBI posts fake hyperlinks to snare child porn suspects
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Kerry on race mattering
Mike Flannery / WBBM-TV:
Obama Camp Rejects Supporter's Past Use Of N Word
Paul Boutin / New York Times:
So You Want to Be a Blogging Star?
Discussion: distributorcap NY