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1:25 AM ET, March 21, 2008

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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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Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Obama passport files violated; 2 State Department workers fired  —  Two State Department employees were fired recently and a third disciplined for improperly accessing electronic personal data on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
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.”
Discussion: The Garlic and Obsidian Wings
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
State Dept. workers illicitly check Obama's passport [Updated]
Discussion: The Swamp
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NUGGETS  —  A few more details about the Obama passport breach.
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:   State Dept. Punishes Aides for Obama Passport Breach
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.
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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.
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Clinton Doesn't Deny Campaign is Pushing Wright Story to Superdelegates  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign has strictly maintained a public position not to comment on Sen. Barack Obama's relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain aide circulates Obama/Wright video, is suspended  —  An aide to John McCain was suspended from the campaign today for blasting out an inflammatory video that raises questions about Barack Obama's patriotism.  —  Soren Dayton, who works in McCain's political department …
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Gene Maddaus / Daily Breeze:
Geraldine Ferraro resents being lumped in with the Rev. Wright in Obama speech  —  » See and hear the speech  —  Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro said today that she objected to the comparison Sen. Barack Obama drew between her and his former pastor in his speech on race relations Tuesday.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: More Than Half Believe Obama Doesn't Share Views of Pastor Wright  —  Fifty-seven percent of Americans do not believe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama shares the controversial views of his former spiritual mentor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, while about one in four …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Aide Suspended For Pushing Racially-Charged Obama-Wright Video  —  A McCain campaign aide actively pushed an incendiary, racially-charged video that uses the controversial words of Barack Obama's pastor to tar Obama as unpatriotic — despite the fact that McCain himself has suggested …
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
McCain Throws Aide Under the Bus for Twittering YouTube Link
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Clinton Holds Onto Lead Over Obama
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A “TYPICAL WHITE PERSON”?!  —  I've expressed admiration for Barack Obama's political skills, but maybe, in a time of stress, his inexperience is beginning to show.  In an interview earlier today, he referred to his grandmother—the one he slandered in his speech on Tuesday—as a “typical white person.”
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Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Obama: Grandmother “Typical White Person”  —  Via a WIP radio: … Can you imagine if Hillary Clinton said someone was a “typical black person?”  —  Seriously, Barack Obama basically called all white people racist.  You know, because when us typical white folk walk down the street …
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 …
Joe Ovies / 850 & 620 THE BLOG:
Obama Has The Heels All The Way  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama joined 850 The Buzz this morning, not to talk about politics, but to talk about his bracket.  And why not, figuring out how the delegates are spread out makes less sense than the RPI.
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama's NCAA Bracket
Discussion: The New Republic
Amy Sullivan / Washington Monthly:
Guest: Amy Sullivan  —  AS I WAS SAYING....Good lord.  I always forget there's no presumption of good faith (no pun intended) in the blogosphere.  I should know better than to throw up a quick post, but let's all take a deep breath and start over.  —  I believe one of the reasons …
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Hagee, in ‘NYT’ This Sunday, Says McCain Sought His Endorsement  —  NEW YORK In an interview that will appear in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine, controversial televangelist Rev. John Hagee declares, “It's true that [John] McCain's campaign sought my endorsement.”
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Michigan Do-Over Dies  —  With lawmakers leaving for the holiday weekend today without taking up a bill that would've provided for a second Democratic primary, Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan basically declared the do-over option dead.  —  In a statement issued this afternoon, Ms. Granholm, a Clinton supporter, said:
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Talal Al-Khatib / Political Radar:
Michigan Do-Over Primary ‘Dead’
Discussion: Salon
New York Times:
Obama Links Effects of War Costs to Fragility in the Economy  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senator Barack Obama on Thursday blamed the fragile economy on “careless and incompetent execution” of the Iraq war, imploring voters in this swing state to consider the trickle-down economic consequences …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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Corilyn Shropshire / Houston Chronicle:
Race-related blog causing controversy
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Joseph C. Wilson / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Shallow Credentials on National Security Are Dangerous for the Country
Discussion: Liberal Values and Swampland
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Maher on McCain: “Not Tougher. Dumber.”
Discussion: VetVoice and The RBC
Michael Meyers / Los Angeles Times:
Obama blew it  —  What the candidate should have said about race.
 Earlier Items: 
Amy Sullivan / Washington Monthly:
DISCOVERING BLACK CHURCHES....I had to disappear to write my piece …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Cheney Ex-Aide ‘Scooter’ Libby Disbarred
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.  —  Kevin Drum: … How Kevin was able …
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Double Standards  —  Obama gave a very good interview to Nightline …
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
FBI posts fake hyperlinks to snare child porn suspects
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MCCAIN: PURIM = HALLOWEEN?