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2:40 PM ET, March 21, 2008

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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 …
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
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.
Hindrocket / Power Line:   IT ISN'T ONLY JEREMIAH WRIGHT  —  The Barack Obama campaign …
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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 …
Desmond Butler / Associated Press:
Clinton Says Her Passport File Breached
Associated Press:
3 candidates' passport files breached
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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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.
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 …
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 …
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
NM Gov. Bill Richardson endorses Obama  —  PORTLAND, Ore. - Bill Richardson, the nation's only Hispanic governor, threw his support behind Barack Obama for president Friday, delivering one of the most coveted and tightly held endorsements in the race for the Democratic nomination.
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and News Hounds
ABCNEWS:
Obama Campaign Claims Clinton Has ‘Character Gap’  —  Campaign Promising ‘New Politics’ Assails Rival as Untrustworthy, Duplicitous  —  The campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., delivered one of its harshest, most negative attacks yet today, asserting that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. …
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Michael Barone / US News:   State by State, Obama and Clinton Stack Up Differently Against McCain
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.
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