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2:23 AM ET, March 21, 2008

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MSNBC:
2 fired over Obama passport file breach  —  Third employee at State disciplined over accessing candidate's records  —  Two contract employees of the State Department were fired and a third person was disciplined for accessing passport records of Sen. Barack Obama “without a need to do so …
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Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Obama passport files violated; 2 State Department workers fired  —  Two State Department employees were fired recently and a third disciplined for improperly accessing electronic personal data on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NUGGETS  —  A few more details about the Obama passport breach.  According to a new piece out in the Post from Glenn Kessler, the breaches occurred Jan. 9th, Feb. 21st and March 14th.  —  That would be the day after the New Hampshire primary, the day of the Democratic debate in Texas and the day the Wright story really hit.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Looking at Obama's File Gets Two Fired  —  The State Department said last night that it had fired two contract employees and disciplined a third for accessing Sen. Barack Obama's passport file.  —  Obama's presidential campaign immediately called for a “complete investigation.”
CNN:
Officials: Someone snooped in Obama passport file  —  (CNN) — On three occasions since January, Sen. Barack Obama's passport file was looked at by three different contract workers, said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.  —  The contractors accessed information in the file in an unauthorized way, he said.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
State Dept. workers illicitly check Obama's passport [Updated]
Discussion: The Swamp
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:   State Dept. Punishes Aides for Obama Passport Breach
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Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Photograph of Bill Clinton and Rev. Wright Surfaces  —  During one of the most difficult periods in the presidency of Bill Clinton, he addressed a group of clerics at an annual prayer breakfast in September 1998 just as the Starr report outlining his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky was about to be published.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: More Than Half Believe Obama Doesn't Share Views of Pastor Wright  —  Fifty-seven percent of Americans do not believe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama shares the controversial views of his former spiritual mentor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, while about one in four …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain aide circulates Obama/Wright video, is suspended  —  An aide to John McCain was suspended from the campaign today for blasting out an inflammatory video that raises questions about Barack Obama's patriotism.  —  Soren Dayton, who works in McCain's political department …
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Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
McCain Throws Aide Under the Bus for Twittering YouTube Link  —  Today, John McCain suspended an aide — Soren Dayton — for distributing this controversial YouTube video about Barack Obama and Rev. Wright.  As campaigns spokesperson Jill Hazelbaker told Jonathan Martin, Dayton was “reprimanded by campaign leadership.”
Gene Maddaus / Daily Breeze:
Geraldine Ferraro resents being lumped in with the Rev. Wright in Obama speech  —  » See and hear the speech  —  Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro said today that she objected to the comparison Sen. Barack Obama drew between her and his former pastor in his speech on race relations Tuesday.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Aide Suspended For Pushing Racially-Charged Obama-Wright Video
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A “TYPICAL WHITE PERSON”?!  —  I've expressed admiration for Barack Obama's political skills, but maybe, in a time of stress, his inexperience is beginning to show.  In an interview earlier today, he referred to his grandmother—the one he slandered in his speech on Tuesday—as a “typical white person.”
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Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Obama: Grandmother “Typical White Person”  —  Via a WIP radio: … Can you imagine if Hillary Clinton said someone was a “typical black person?”  —  Seriously, Barack Obama basically called all white people racist.  You know, because when us typical white folk walk down the street …
Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
Obama church published Hamas terror manifesto  —  Compares charter calling for murder of Jews to Declaration of Independence  —  JERUSALEM - Sen. Barack Obama's Chicago church reprinted a manifesto by Hamas that defended terrorism as legitimate resistance, refused to recognize the right …
Joe Ovies / 850 & 620 THE BLOG:
Obama Has The Heels All The Way  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama joined 850 The Buzz this morning, not to talk about politics, but to talk about his bracket.  And why not, figuring out how the delegates are spread out makes less sense than the RPI.
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama's NCAA Bracket
Discussion: The New Republic
David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
The Media's Race Problem  —  Probably the most remarkable aspect of the recent feeding frenzy about Barack Obama's so-called “pastor problem” — besides the agility and smarts that Obama has displayed in handling it — is not as much what it reveals about the state of race in America …
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Amy Sullivan / Washington Monthly:
Guest: Amy Sullivan  —  AS I WAS SAYING....Good lord.  I always forget there's no presumption of good faith (no pun intended) in the blogosphere.  I should know better than to throw up a quick post, but let's all take a deep breath and start over.  —  I believe one of the reasons …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Clinton Holds Onto Lead Over Obama  —  McCain has slim advantage in general election preferences  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Hillary Clinton with a five percentage point lead over Barack Obama in national Democratic voters' nomination preferences, 48% to 43%.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Michigan Do-Over Dies  —  With lawmakers leaving for the holiday weekend today without taking up a bill that would've provided for a second Democratic primary, Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan basically declared the do-over option dead.  —  In a statement issued this afternoon, Ms. Granholm, a Clinton supporter, said:
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
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Talal Al-Khatib / Political Radar:
Michigan Do-Over Primary ‘Dead’
Discussion: Salon
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Clinton Doesn't Deny Campaign is Pushing Wright Story to Superdelegates  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign has strictly maintained a public position not to comment on Sen. Barack Obama's relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Hagee, in ‘NYT’ This Sunday, Says McCain Sought His Endorsement  —  NEW YORK In an interview that will appear in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine, controversial televangelist Rev. John Hagee declares, “It's true that [John] McCain's campaign sought my endorsement.”
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and AMERICAblog
 
 
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