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3:35 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 …
New York Times:
Passport Files of 3 Candidates Breached, Officials Say
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PRETTY MUCH  —  As Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen argue in this piece …
Discussion: Eschaton
Washington Post:
Democrats in Stalemate  —  THE COLLAPSE of efforts to conduct …
Discussion: Prometheus 6
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
Hindrocket / Power Line:
IT ISN'T ONLY JEREMIAH WRIGHT  —  The Barack Obama campaign …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Hillary Clinton's passport files also breached: State
Discussion: Don Surber and The Huffington Post
Marc Ambinder:
Stage Directions Anyone?  —  The Obama campaign distributed Gov. Bill Richardson's endorsement speech...note the stage direction:
Discussion: Wonkette
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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 …
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.
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Keystone Democrats Set to Defect  —  In the new Franklin & Marshall College Poll (read it HERE) some good news for Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, and some troubling news for Democrats.  —  Clinton leads Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, 51% to 35% — increasing her lead from February, when she was up 44% to 37%.
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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’
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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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 …
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
War advocates like Anne-Marie Slaughter demand that you forget the past  —  (updated below)  —  Anne-Marie Slaughter — a supporter of the Iraq invasion, a member of the hawkish wing of the Democratic Party Foreign Policy Community, and the Dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
The Guardian: The Surge May Be On The Verge Of Collapse  —  Our occupation of Iraq and the fragile surge has been all but blacked out in the U.S. media, but thankfully, the foreign press is still out there trying to bring the truth to the rest of the world.  A big part of the surge was the Awakening Project.
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Al Giordano / The Field:
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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
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Matthew Sheffield / NewsBusters.org:
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Charles Murray / The Corner:
My Last Word on Obama, I Promise.
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PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
EXPELLED!  —  There is a rich, deep kind of irony that must be shared.
PewResearch.org:
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