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11:40 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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New York Times:
Richardson Plans Obama Endorsement  —  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.  —  Mr. Richardson, a former congressman …
Breaking News Updates from Portland and Oregon:
Some can't refuse online offers for Obama rally tickets
Discussion: MyDD
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 …
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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.
Discussion: MSNBC and alicublog
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
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 …
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Washington Post:
Democrats in Stalemate  —  THE COLLAPSE of efforts to conduct …
Discussion: Prometheus 6
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Michigan Ends Revote Bid
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
What's in a Passport File?  —  As MSNBC continues to hyperventilate over the breach of Barack Obama's “passport file”, I'm wondering, what's in a passport file?  They aren't saying his State Department file was breached, only his passport file.  I thought a passport file is just a file for your applications.
Discussion: Salon, Time, TigerHawk and Macsmind
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MSNBC:
2 fired over Obama passport file breach
Washington Post:
State Dept. fires 2, reprimands 1 for viewing Obama's passport file
Discussion: The Newshoggers and All Spin Zone
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Looking at Obama's File Gets Two Fired
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?
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Poll: Divisive Dem Contest Could Boost McCain  —  (CNSNews.com) - The lengthy Democratic primary contest bodes well for Republican chances of holding the White House, a new poll suggests.  —  As Democratic Senators Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Clinton of New York slug it out for the nomination …
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Hillary's Economic Hail Mary  —  With time running out on her campaign, Clinton announces a plan on the financial crisis. … Hello, Hillary?  Hate to wake you, but it's 3 o'clock in the morning, and we have a real crisis.  It's your campaign, senator.  It's Hail Mary time.
PewResearch.org:
Fewer Voters Identify as Republicans  —  Democrats Now Have the Advantage in “Swing” States  —  The balance of party identification in the American electorate now favors the Democratic Party by a decidedly larger margin than in either of the two previous presidential election cycles.
Discussion: The Swamp and Middle Earth Journal
 
 
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Charles Murray / The Corner:
My Last Word on Obama, I Promise.
Lukas I. Alpert / New York Post:
ELIOT'S SEXUAL HEALING
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
The Guardian: The Surge May Be On The Verge Of Collapse
Discussion: Guardian and The Agonist
Daniel J. Chacon / Rocky Mountain News:
Protesters rip DNC lottery
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama's church pushes controversial doctrines
Reuters:
Money buys happiness — if you spend on someone else
Discussion: Will Wilkinson
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
EXPELLED!  —  There is a rich, deep kind of irony that must be shared.
 Earlier Items: 
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Are Still Weak on Security
Discussion: Hot Air and MSNBC
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Political Memo: Clinton Treats Obama Pastor With Extreme Caution
Guardian:
Sunni militia strike could derail US strategy against al-Qaida
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bush erroneously says Iran announced desire for nuclear weapons
Agence France Presse:
Philippines warns ‘crucifixion bad for health’
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
“Race” in the Race for the Nomination: Surprise Reason to Stay on Message
Patrick Ruffini / TownHall Blog:
Defending Soren Dayton
Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
Obama church published Hamas terror manifesto