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6:10 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 in The Politico, the press has been largely complicit in maintaining the fiction that the Democratic nomination race is not for all intents and purposes over.  The obstacles in the way of Hillary Clinton are virtually insurmountable.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Eschaton
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
Graeme Wood / The Current:
Hex President  —  Bill Richardson, former presidential hopeful …
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
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
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
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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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   AN UNLIKELY MESSENGER  —  Chris Wallace has had enough Faux News:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama campaign praises Wallace, says Fox has been “deeply irresponsible”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Hot Air
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’
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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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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The Hill Blog:
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Is the DNC broke?  —  Democrats have a dramatic financial advantage …
Discussion: The New Republic
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
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Matthew Sheffield / NewsBusters.org:
NewsBusters Interview: Karl Rove Slams Lefty Blogosphere …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
EXPELLED!  —  There is a rich, deep kind of irony that must be shared.