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11:05 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.
Marc Ambinder:
Richardson Endorses Obama At... 12:08 am PT
Discussion: Liberal Values and
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Bill Richardson to Endorse Obama
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 …
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
David Neiwert / Firedoglake:   The Media's Race Problem
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
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Looking at Obama's File Gets Two Fired
Washington Post:
State Dept. fires 2, reprimands 1 for viewing Obama's passport file
Discussion: The Newshoggers and All Spin Zone
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Michigan Ends Revote Bid
Dan Morain / Los Angeles Times:
Presidential candidates pull in $790 million
Discussion: New York Times and Cliff Schecter
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
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?
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.
New York Times:
Socialized Compensation  —  How can one feel sorry for James Cayne?  The potential losses of the chairman and former chief executive of Bear Stearns must rank up there with the biggest in modern history.  The value of his stake in Bear Stearns collapsed from about $1 billion a year ago …
Los Angeles Times:
Clinton, Obama are Wall Street darlings
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
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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Daniel J. Chacon / Rocky Mountain News:
Protesters rip DNC lottery
Times of London:
John McCain praises British Forces' sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama's church pushes controversial doctrines
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.
Discussion: TBogg
Breaking News Updates from Portland and Oregon:
Some can't refuse online offers for Obama rally tickets
Discussion: MyDD
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
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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
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Defending Soren Dayton
Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
Obama church published Hamas terror manifesto