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8:00 PM ET, March 21, 2008

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The Politico:
Story behind the story: The Clinton myth  —  One big fact has largely been lost in the recent coverage of the Democratic presidential race: Hillary Rodham Clinton has virtually no chance of winning.  —  Her own campaign acknowledges there is no way that she will finish ahead in pledged delegates.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Can Clinton win popular vote, superdelegates?  —  The apparent collapse of planned new votes in Florida and Michigan could push victory on a key symbolic measure — the primary season popular vote — beyond Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's grasp.  —  Clinton's top supporters, including her husband …
New York Times:
Passport Files of 3 Candidates Breached, Officials Say
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
CNN:
Obama wants inquiry into passport files snooping  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama called for an investigation Friday into how the security of the passport files of the three remaining presidential candidates was breached.  —  The State Department admitted Friday that the passport files of Obama …
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Clinton Now at 47% to Obama's 45%  —  Clinton's recent surge among national Democrats appears to be receding  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hillary Clinton's recent lead over Barack Obama in national Democratic nomination preferences has dwindled to the point that the two are now nearly tied …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Dan Balz / The Trail:
Five Ways the Richardson Endorsement Boosts Obama
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jonathan Weisman / The Trail:
Obama Calls Passport Intrusion ‘Deeply Disturbing’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Think Progress:
Fox's Chris Wallace Takes Fox And Friends ‘To Task’ For ‘Two Hours Of Obama Bashing’  —  On Fox and Friends this morning, hosts Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Gretchen Carlson spent multiple segments sensationalizing a comment Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) made yesterday, in which he referred …
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Sam Graham-Felsen / my.barackobama.com:
Thank You, Chris Wallace  —  Think Progress reports...  Here's video of the exchange...  We appreciate Chris Wallace for doing his job as a tough but fair journalist on a network that has been deeply irresponsible over the last week in its unrelenting and sensationalistic coverage of Senator Obama.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama campaign praises Wallace, says Fox has been “deeply irresponsible”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Hot Air
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   AN UNLIKELY MESSENGER  —  Chris Wallace has had enough Faux News:
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chris Wallace on FOX and Friends: “I heard enough Obama bashing”
WSJ.com:
Clinton Aide Says Richardson's Endorsement Is Insignificant  —  Susan Davis reports on the presidential race.  —  New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson finally made up his mind and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama today, but a senior adviser to Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign — which likewise spent months courting …
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Marc Ambinder:
Stage Directions Anyone?  —  The Obama campaign distributed Gov. Bill Richardson's endorsement speech...note the stage direction:
Discussion: Wonkette
Atrios / Eschaton:
Noted Without Comment
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ben Smith / The Politico:   Seeking, then downplaying, Richardson's endorsement
Roland S. Martin / CNN:
The full story behind Rev. Jeremiah Wright's 9/11 sermon  —  As this whole sordid episode regarding the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has played out over the last week, I wanted to understand what he ACTUALLY said in this speech.  I've been saying all week on CNN that context is important …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and NewsBusters.org
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Another Angry Black Preacher  —  Let's ask the hard question about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright: Is he as far outside the African American mainstream as many of us would like to think?  —  Because Barack Obama's speech on race in America was so candid about both the legitimacy of black and white grievances …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What I Got Wrong About Iraq  —  Slate asked me to reflect on my own failings of judgment on the fifth year of the war.  Maybe the day we Christans are called to atonement is a good day for publishing it.  It's cross-posted here.  —  I think I committed four cardinal sins.  —  Historical Narcissism.
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Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Poll: Divisive Dem Contest Could Boost McCain  —  (CNSNews.com) - The lengthy Democratic primary contest bodes well for Republican chances of holding the White House, a new poll suggests.  —  As Democratic Senators Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Clinton of New York slug it out for the nomination …
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Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
From the Fact Check Desk: The Clinton Campaign Misrepresents Clinton NAFTA Meeting  —  I have now talked to three former Clinton Administration officials whom I trust who tell me that then-First Lady Hillary Clinton opposed the idea of introducing NAFTA before health care …
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
EXPELLED!  —  There is a rich, deep kind of irony that must be shared.  I'm blogging this from the Apple store in the Mall of America, because I'm too amused to want to wait until I get back to my hotel room.  —  I went to attend a screening of the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled, a few minutes ago.
Discussion: unbossed.com
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush's Alternate Reality  —  President Bush on Wednesday said something demonstrably false and inflammatory about Iran — asserting that the Iranian government has “declared they want to have a nuclear weapon to destroy people.”  —  The Iranians have never done any such thing …
 
 
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