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9:40 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.
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 …
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: TigerHawk
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.
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
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!
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bush erroneously says Iran announced desire for nuclear weapons  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush contended that Iran has “declared they want a nuclear weapon to destroy people” and that the Islamic Republic could be hiding a secret program.  —  Iran, however, has never publicly proclaimed …
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Iran a Nuclear Threat, Bush Insists
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics and Hullabaloo
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Wire and TownHall Blog
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