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1:20 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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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 …
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 …
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
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: The Swamp and QandO
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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.
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Detroit News:
Clinton turns up heat for do-over
Discussion: TalkLeft
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Clinton Facing Narrower Path to Nomination
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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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
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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: Abovethelaw.com and Cliff Schecter
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: The Campaign Spot
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Mike Flannery / WBBM-TV:
Obama Camp Rejects Supporter's Past Use Of N Word  —  It's Third Time Campaign Is Forced To Denounce Controversial Comments  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― Sen. Barack Obama is target for critics again Wednesday night in another incident involving a minister and race.
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Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
What Makes Hillary Tick? Her Schedule Doesn't Say
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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