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12:10 PM 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.
Hindrocket / Power Line:   IT ISN'T ONLY JEREMIAH WRIGHT  —  The Barack Obama campaign …
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
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.
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MSNBC:
2 fired over Obama passport file breach
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?
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 …
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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.
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Saddam friendly to terror groups  —  Newly declassified documents show a number of links between the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein and violent terrorist or Islamist groups, many of them dating from the early 1990s.  —  A Pentagon-funded study of the documents failed to find …
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USA Today:
Foreign fighters leaving Iraq, military says
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
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 …
 
 
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Protesters rip DNC lottery
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama's church pushes controversial doctrines
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EXPELLED!  —  There is a rich, deep kind of irony that must be shared.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Are Still Weak on Security
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Bush erroneously says Iran announced desire for nuclear weapons
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Philippines warns ‘crucifixion bad for health’
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Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
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