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7:05 PM ET, March 20, 2008


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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Amy Sullivan / Washington Monthly:
DISCOVERING BLACK CHURCHES....I had to disappear to write my piece …
Discussion: Oliver Willis and TBogg
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Geraldine Ferraro: Wright a “racist bigot”
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 …
Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Obama: Grandmother “Typical White Person”
Discussion: Wonkette
Sam Wood /
Obama wows WIP sports jocks
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:
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.
Michael Meyers / Los Angeles Times:
Obama blew it  —  What the candidate should have said about race.  —  Tim Rutten's column, “Obama's Lincoln moment” and The Times editorial, “Obama on race” both miss the mark.  —  In my considered judgment as a race and civil rights specialist, I would say that Barack Obama's “momentous” …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Racist comments on FOX News Website: Where is O'Reilly's crack team now?  —  Bill O'Reilly has been on a sick crusade against the Huffington Post over anonymous comments posted on her blog.  BillO had his team of producers harassing her at the Take Back America conference yesterday before she went on a panel.
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Corilyn Shropshire / Houston Chronicle:
Race-related blog causing controversy
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Joseph C. Wilson / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Shallow Credentials on National Security Are Dangerous for the Country
Discussion: Swampland
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: VetVoice and The RBC
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
SHOCK AND AWFUL  —  ON the fifth anniversary of our cam paign …
Discussion: The Corner and Vox Popoli
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Campaign Gets A New C.O.O.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Discussion: Pandagon
 Earlier Items: 
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
Andrew Maykuth /
Ruling: “Speak English” sign at cheesesteak shop not discriminatory
Mike Flannery / WBBM-TV:
Obama Camp Rejects Supporter's Past Use Of N Word
Rasmussen Reports:
West Virginia Democratic Presidential Primary
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama racial issues may extend to Penn.