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6:30 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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PRETTY MUCH  —  As Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen argue in this piece …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Eschaton
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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MSNBC:
Passport scandal leads to Virginia contractor  —  Two of the government contractors who allegedly took a peek at Sen. Barack Obama's passport records worked for a Virginia-based firm called Stanley, Inc., according to U.S. government officials with knowledge of the State Department passport controversy.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Field
Jonathan Weisman / The Trail:
Obama Calls Passport Intrusion ‘Deeply Disturbing’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Reuters:
Clinton, McCain passport records were also viewed
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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
Dan Balz / The Trail:
Five Ways the Richardson Endorsement Boosts Obama
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Cliff Schecter
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Hot Air
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   AN UNLIKELY MESSENGER  —  Chris Wallace has had enough Faux News:
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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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Thinking Man's Speech  —  I thought Barack Obama's speech was strong, thoughtful and important.  Rather beautifully, it was a speech to think to, not clap to.  It was clear that's what he wanted, and this is rare.  —  It seemed to me as honest a speech as one in his position could give within the limits imposed by politics.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
IT ISN'T ONLY JEREMIAH WRIGHT  —  The Barack Obama campaign …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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
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ABCNEWS:
Obama Campaign Claims Clinton Has ‘Character Gap’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Open Left
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Partying Like It's 1929  —  If Ben Bernanke manages to save the financial system from collapse, he will — rightly — be praised for his heroic efforts.  —  But what we should be asking is: How did we get here?  —  Why does the financial system need salvation?  —  Why do mild-mannered economists have to become superheroes?
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Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
McCain Blows by Public Spending Cap  —  Sen. John McCain has officially broken the limits imposed by the presidential public financing system, reports filed last night show.  —  McCain has now spent $58.4 million on his primary effort.  Those who have committed to public financing can spend …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Is the DNC broke?  —  Democrats have a dramatic financial advantage …
Discussion: The New Republic
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
 
 
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