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4:05 PM ET, March 21, 2008

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The Politico:
Story behind the story: The Clinton myth  —  One big fact has largely been lost in the recent coverage of the Democratic presidential race: Hillary Rodham Clinton has virtually no chance of winning.  —  Her own campaign acknowledges there is no way that she will finish ahead in pledged delegates.
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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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PRETTY MUCH  —  As Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen argue in this piece …
Discussion: Eschaton
New York Times:
Passport Files of 3 Candidates Breached, Officials Say
CNN:
All three candidates' staffs briefed on passport breaches  —  (CNN) — The security of the passport files of the three remaining presidential candidates was breached, the State Department admitted Friday.  —  Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Sen. Barack Obama's files had been viewed three times …
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ABCNEWS:
Passport Security Breach on McCain, Clinton & Obama  —  State Department Contract Employees Fired, Another Disciplined for Looking at Passport File  —  An embarrassed State Department admitted today that the passport files of all three presidential candidates — Sens. John McCain …
Michael Barone / US News:
State by State, Obama and Clinton Stack Up Differently Against McCain
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
ABCNEWS:   Obama Campaign Claims Clinton Has ‘Character Gap’
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Keystone Democrats Set to Defect
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 …
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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.
Gary Reese / Southern Political Report:
New InsiderAdvantage Poll  —  Obama's speech meets unsympathetic ears with Americans  —  Barack Obama's speech about race on Tuesday impressed many who witnessed it or read it.  But most of America did neither, and many of them — white and black — were less persuaded of the speech's capacity …
Discussion: The New Republic and Donklephant
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
NOT GONNA SAY IT.  —  As the Daily Show clip I posted last night suggested, Barack Obama's speech on race didn't so much open a conversation on race as it furthered chatter about the campaign.  Which is a pity.  But read EJ Dionne today for some of the commentary that we should be hearing.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
WSJ.com:
Clinton Aide Says Richardson's Endorsement Is Insignificant  —  Susan Davis reports on the presidential race.  —  New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson finally made up his mind and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama today, but a senior adviser to Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign — which likewise spent months courting …
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Marc Ambinder:
Stage Directions Anyone?  —  The Obama campaign distributed Gov. Bill Richardson's endorsement speech...note the stage direction:
Discussion: Wonkette
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Richardson Endorses Obama  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico delivered a forceful endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for president on Friday, urging Democrats to unite behind his candidacy to move the nation beyond its racial and partisan divide.
Jane Hamsher / The Huffington Post:
A Few Unanswered Questions About Bill Richardson's Obama Endorsement
Discussion: Corrente
Think Progress:
Fox's Chris Wallace Takes Fox And Friends ‘To Task’ For ‘Two Hours Of Obama Bashing’  —  On Fox and Friends this morning, hosts Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Gretchen Carlson spent multiple segments sensationalizing a comment Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) made yesterday, in which he referred …
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?
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What I Got Wrong About Iraq  —  Slate asked me to reflect on my own failings of judgment on the fifth year of the war.  Maybe the day we Christans are called to atonement is a good day for publishing it.  It's cross-posted here.  —  I think I committed four cardinal sins.  —  Historical Narcissism.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
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Krooney / The Page:
State Dept: All Three Candidates' Passport Files Breached
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Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Shiite clashes fray truce
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Al Giordano / The Field:
Oops! The Field Got this Story Wrong
Al Giordano / The Field:
Plan Jericho  —  As always, and probably even more so than usual …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Is the DNC broke?  —  Democrats have a dramatic financial advantage …
Discussion: The New Republic
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Wright In Context  —  This strikes me as worth a look.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Swampland
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
Albany Starts To Wonder at Paterson
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
HILLARY'S BALKAN ADVENTURES, PART II
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Arianna Bests Drudge?
Matthew Sheffield / NewsBusters.org:
NewsBusters Interview: Karl Rove Slams Lefty Blogosphere …
Discussion: Classical Values
Rasmussen Reports:
Minnesota: 2008 Presidential Election
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
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
EXPELLED!  —  There is a rich, deep kind of irony that must be shared.