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7:50 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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PRETTY MUCH  —  As Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen argue in this piece in The Politico, the press has been largely complicit in maintaining the fiction that the Democratic nomination race is not for all intents and purposes over.  The obstacles in the way of Hillary Clinton are virtually insurmountable.
New York Times:
Passport Files of 3 Candidates Breached, Officials Say
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
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 …
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Marc Ambinder:
Stage Directions Anyone?  —  The Obama campaign distributed Gov. Bill Richardson's endorsement speech...note the stage direction:
Discussion: Wonkette
Dan Balz / The Trail:
Five Ways the Richardson Endorsement Boosts Obama  —  Endorsements rarely determine the outcome of presidential races, but the decision by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to announce his support for Barack Obama today is nonetheless an important boost for Obama in his nomination battle with Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ben Smith / The Politico:   Seeking, then downplaying, Richardson's endorsement
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 …
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Sam Graham-Felsen / my.barackobama.com:
Thank You, Chris Wallace  —  Think Progress reports...  Here's video of the exchange...  We appreciate Chris Wallace for doing his job as a tough but fair journalist on a network that has been deeply irresponsible over the last week in its unrelenting and sensationalistic coverage of Senator Obama.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama campaign praises Wallace, says Fox has been “deeply irresponsible”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Hot Air
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   AN UNLIKELY MESSENGER  —  Chris Wallace has had enough Faux News:
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chris Wallace on FOX and Friends: “I heard enough Obama bashing”
CNN:
Obama wants inquiry into passport files snooping  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama called for an investigation Friday into how the security of the passport files of the three remaining presidential candidates was breached.  —  The State Department admitted Friday that the passport files of Obama …
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MSNBC:
Passport scandal leads to Virginia contractor  —  Two of the government contractors who allegedly took a peek at Sen. Barack Obama's passport records worked for a Virginia-based firm called Stanley, Inc., according to U.S. government officials with knowledge of the State Department passport controversy.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Time and The Field
Jonathan Weisman / The Trail:
Obama Calls Passport Intrusion ‘Deeply Disturbing’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Roland S. Martin / CNN:
The full story behind Rev. Jeremiah Wright's 9/11 sermon  —  As this whole sordid episode regarding the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has played out over the last week, I wanted to understand what he ACTUALLY said in this speech.  I've been saying all week on CNN that context is important …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and NewsBusters.org
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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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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Clinton Now at 47% to Obama's 45%  —  Clinton's recent surge among national Democrats appears to be receding  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hillary Clinton's recent lead over Barack Obama in national Democratic nomination preferences has dwindled to the point that the two are now nearly tied …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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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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Atrios / Eschaton:
Noted Without Comment  —  Bill Clinton, today:
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
READING BETWEEN BILL CLINTON LINES ABOUT OBAMA?
Discussion: The Caucus
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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Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
McCain Blows by Public Spending Cap  —  Sen. John McCain has officially broken the limits imposed by the presidential public financing system, reports filed last night show.  —  McCain has now spent $58.4 million on his primary effort.  Those who have committed to public financing can spend …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and TPMMuckraker
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Is the DNC broke?  —  Democrats have a dramatic financial advantage …
Discussion: The New Republic
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
EXPELLED!  —  There is a rich, deep kind of irony that must be shared.  I'm blogging this from the Apple store in the Mall of America, because I'm too amused to want to wait until I get back to my hotel room.  —  I went to attend a screening of the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled, a few minutes ago.
Discussion: unbossed.com
 
 
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