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5:50 PM ET, March 21, 2008

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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
Reuters:
Clinton, McCain passport records were also viewed  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The passport files of presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, and Sen. John McCain, a Republican, were improperly accessed by State Department workers, a U.S. official said on Friday.
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
ABCNEWS:
Passport Security Breach on McCain, Clinton & Obama  —  State Department Contract Employees Fired, Another Disciplined for Looking at Passport File  —  An embarrassed State Department admitted today that the passport files of all three presidential candidates — Sens. John McCain …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Clinton Now at 47% to Obama's 45%
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Keystone Democrats Set to Defect
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Poll: Divisive Dem Contest Could Boost McCain
ABCNEWS:   Obama Campaign Claims Clinton Has ‘Character Gap’
Michael Barone / US News:
State by State, Obama and Clinton Stack Up Differently Against McCain
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
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.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
NOT GONNA SAY IT.  —  As the Daily Show clip I posted …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Speech: A Brilliant Fraud
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
Graeme Wood / The Current:
Hex President  —  Bill Richardson, former presidential hopeful …
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:
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
War advocates like Anne-Marie Slaughter demand that you forget the past
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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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Clinton's February F.E.C. Filings  —  Despite a strong month of fund-raising in February in which she brought in $35 million, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton finished the month essentially in the red, once her campaign's outstanding debts are factored in, as well as her personal loan …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Is the DNC broke?  —  Democrats have a dramatic financial advantage …
Discussion: The New Republic
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Albany Starts To Wonder at Paterson
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HILLARY'S BALKAN ADVENTURES, PART II
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Matthew Sheffield / NewsBusters.org:
NewsBusters Interview: Karl Rove Slams Lefty Blogosphere …
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My Last Word on Obama, I Promise.
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EXPELLED!  —  There is a rich, deep kind of irony that must be shared.
 

 
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