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1:00 PM ET, March 21, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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: MSNBC and alicublog
Hindrocket / Power Line:
IT ISN'T ONLY JEREMIAH WRIGHT  —  The Barack Obama campaign has been engulfed in controversy over racist and anti-American sermons given by his minister and friend, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  In responding to questions about Rev. Wright, Obama has consistently emphasized that Rev. Wright …
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Photograph of Bill Clinton and Rev. Wright Surfaces
CNN:
Rice apologizes to Obama for passport snooping  —  (CNN) — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday told Sen. Hillary Clinton that the security of her passport file were breached in 2007, according to Clinton's Senate official.  —  The revelation came shortly after Rice said she hed apologized …
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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  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has told Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton that her passport file was breached in 2007.  —  In a statement from her Senate office, Clinton said she had been contacted by Rice.
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.
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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 …
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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Washington Post:
Democrats in Stalemate  —  THE COLLAPSE of efforts to conduct …
Discussion: Prometheus 6
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?
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: News Hounds, Taylor Marsh and TBogg
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Saddam friendly to terror groups  —  Newly declassified documents show a number of links between the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein and violent terrorist or Islamist groups, many of them dating from the early 1990s.  —  A Pentagon-funded study of the documents failed to find …
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USA Today:
Foreign fighters leaving Iraq, military says
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 …
Charles Murray / The Corner:
My Last Word on Obama, I Promise.  —  To all my friends and people I admire who have completely befuddled me with their reaction to Obama's speech: Speaking or writing about difficult race problems is different from speaking or writing about any other public policy issue.
 
 
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