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3:55 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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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.
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 …
Time:
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 …
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 …
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Clinton doubles lead in Pennsylvania
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:   Obama Approval Rating Soars - From 47% to 48%!
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 …
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Matthew Yglesias:
Maybe He Should Have Briefings  —  More ignorance from John McCain: … Admittedly this falls more in the “haha he doesn't know what he's talking about” category than in the “holy s**t he doesn't know what he's talking about” category where the Iran/al-Qaeda confusion belongs.
Tim Montgomerie / CentreRight:
McCain visits Brown and Cameron
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
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WNBC:
Former Cheney Aide Libby Disbarred
Discussion: Firedoglake
Confederate Yankee:
ANOTHER Pastor Problem for Obama?  PLUS: A Reporter in the Tank  —  When it rains, it pours: … Here's what I believe is a copy of the original CBS News story, which contains Meeks' language.  —  What is striking about this story, apart from the Wright-like, racially-divisive language …
Discussion: Macsmind
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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.
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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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Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Double Standards  —  Obama gave a very good interview to Nightline about his speech on race and the Wright controversy.  Here's one excerpt: … In a similar fashion: if a white candidate is affiliated in some fashion with a white religious figure who preaches incendiary sermons …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Lessons not learned  —  (updated below)  —  Slate is publishing a series of articles from so-called “liberal hawks” who supported the invasion of Iraq, asking them to reflect on “why they got it wrong.”  Most of the pseudo-regretful war advocates oh-so-nobly blame others …
Discussion: The American Scene and INTEL DUMP
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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