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3:25 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:
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 …
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.
WSJ.com:
Clinton Aide Says Richardson's Endorsement Is Insignificant
Marc Ambinder:   Stage Directions Anyone?
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
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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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
Discussion: American Spectator
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.
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
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
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 …
Dan Morain / Los Angeles Times:
Presidential candidates pull in $790 million  —  Obama has the lead in fundraising among both parties, reporting $192.7 million total.  Also-rans are busy paying money back.  —  Led by Barack Obama, Democratic and Republican presidential contenders — including the remaining candidates …
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Al Giordano / The Field:
Oops! The Field Got this Story Wrong
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Obsidian Wings
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:
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
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
A great time of year for intersection of sports/politics
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
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NewsBusters Interview: Karl Rove Slams Lefty Blogosphere …
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Washington Post:
Democrats in Stalemate  —  THE COLLAPSE of efforts to conduct …
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PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
EXPELLED!  —  There is a rich, deep kind of irony that must be shared.
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bush erroneously says Iran announced desire for nuclear weapons
PewResearch.org:
Fewer Voters Identify as Republicans