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9:30 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.
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
Bill Richardson to endorse Obama
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Bill Richardson to Endorse Obama
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 …
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.
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!
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: 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.
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
“Race” in the Race for the Nomination: Surprise Reason to Stay on Message  —  The message is up and awake, unanesthetized and walking.  The message is about ‘the past’ and the ghosts that are yet unlaid in our country.  Its other name is “racial issues.”  —  I hope it isn't too politically incorrect …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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John Gizzi / Human Events:
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Fewer Voters Identify as Republicans
Discussion: The Swamp
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Iran a Nuclear Threat, Bush Insists
Discussion: Hullabaloo
John McWhorter & Glenn Loury: If Obama Wasn't Black Before, He Sure Is Now
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Alec Russell / Financial Times:
Mugabe opponents ‘denied access to food’
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Redstate
David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
The Media's Race Problem
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Time
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Amy Sullivan / Washington Monthly:
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Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
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Discussion: AMERICAblog and Cliff Schecter