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9:25 AM ET, March 21, 2008

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Barry Massey / Associated Press:
NM Gov. Bill Richardson endorsing Obama  —  SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the nation's only Hispanic governor, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president, calling him a “once-in-a- lifetime leader” who can unite the nation and restore America's international leadership.
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Richardson Endorses Obama  —  Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, who sought to become the nation's first Hispanic president this year, plans to endorse Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination on Friday at a campaign event in Oregon, according to an Obama adviser.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Breaking News: Barack Obama gets Bill Richardson nod  —  After weeks of personal pondering and not a little anguish, New Mexico's Gov. Bill Richardson ha s decided to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  The official endorsement will come later today in Portland …
Discussion: The Swamp, Truthdig and marbury
Marc Ambinder:
Richardson Endorses Obama At... 12:08 am PT  —  The New Mexico Gov. sent a message to his campaign e-mail list at 3:08 a.m., leading to AP bulletin about 5 minutes later.  Did Obama need a good morning news cycle?  —  BTW: a wise old hand agrees that St. Dept. passport affair might …
Discussion: 2008Central.net
CNN:
Bill Richardson to endorse Obama
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Bill Richardson to Endorse Obama
MSNBC:
2 fired over Obama passport file breach  —  Third employee at State disciplined over accessing candidate's records  —  Two contract employees of the State Department were fired and a third person was disciplined for accessing passport records of Sen. Barack Obama “without a need to do so …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NUGGETS  —  A few more details about the Obama passport breach.  According to a new piece out in the Post from Glenn Kessler, the breaches occurred Jan. 9th, Feb. 21st and March 14th.  —  That would be the day after the New Hampshire primary, the day of the Democratic debate in Texas and the day the Wright story really hit.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Looking at Obama's File Gets Two Fired  —  The State Department said last night that it had fired two contract employees and disciplined a third for accessing Sen. Barack Obama's passport file.  —  Obama's presidential campaign immediately called for a “complete investigation.”
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
What's in a Passport File?
Discussion: TigerHawk
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
State Dept. workers illicitly check Obama's passport [Updated]
Discussion: The Swamp
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:   State Dept. Punishes Aides for Obama Passport Breach
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Photograph of Bill Clinton and Rev. Wright Surfaces  —  During one of the most difficult periods in the presidency of Bill Clinton, he addressed a group of clerics at an annual prayer breakfast in September 1998 just as the Starr report outlining his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky was about to be published.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Jeremiah Wright was White House guest  —  The recent coverage of Rev. Jeremiah Wright has often cast him as a marginal, almost fringe figure, but Trinity Church is a major Chicago institution, and Wright has long been a prominent pastor on the American scene.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Speech: A Brilliant Fraud  —  The beauty of a speech is that you don't just give the answers, you provide your own questions.  “Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church?  Yes.”  So said Barack Obama, in his Philadelphia speech about his pastor …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Sadly, No!
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Thinking Man's Speech
Discussion: alicublog
Patrick Ruffini / TownHall Blog:
Defending Soren Dayton  —  Earlier today, Soren Dayton, a friend and frequent collaborator in the blogosphere, was suspended from the McCain campaign for making a note of this video in his Twitter account.  —  A few notes here.  I use Twitter a lot.  And I'm “looser” on Twitter than I would be on my blog.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain aide circulates Obama/Wright video, is suspended
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Hagee, in ‘NYT’ This Sunday, Says McCain Sought His Endorsement
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Cliff Schecter
Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
Obama church published Hamas terror manifesto  —  Compares charter calling for murder of Jews to Declaration of Independence  —  JERUSALEM - Sen. Barack Obama's Chicago church reprinted a manifesto by Hamas that defended terrorism as legitimate resistance, refused to recognize the right …
 
 
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