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4:05 AM ET, March 22, 2008

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New York Times:
First a Tense Talk With Clinton, Then Richardson Backs Obama  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — “I talked to Senator Clinton last night,” Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico said on Friday, describing the tense telephone call in which he informed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton that, despite two months …
Discussion: PunditGuy
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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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Another Bill Clinton Moment On The Campaign Trail  —  Adding a bit of fuel to the political fire, Bill Clinton made a bizarre comment on Friday, leaving the impression that he believed Barack Obama's patriotism would be a general election issue.  —  MSNBC is reporting that on the campaign trail today …
Marc Ambinder:
Stage Directions Anyone?  —  The Obama campaign distributed Gov. Bill Richardson's endorsement speech...note the stage direction:
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Seeking, then downplaying, Richardson's endorsement
Discussion: The Swamp and The Page
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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Christopher Beam / Trailhead:   Clinton Facing Obstructed Path to the Nomination
Mark Halperin / The Page:   HALPERIN'S TAKE: Painful Things Hillary Clinton Knows — Or Should Know
The Huffington Post:
Mayhem At Fox News: Anchor Walks Off Set, Wallace Rails Network For “Obama-Bashing”  —  Fox News' very own anchors are speaking out — and walking off — over what they perceive to be “Obama-bashing” on their network.  —  This morning on “Fox and Friends,” Brian Kilmeade walked off the set …
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chris Wallace on FOX and Friends: “I heard enough Obama bashing”
Discussion: Left in the West
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama campaign praises Wallace, says Fox has been “deeply irresponsible”
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Good Reviews For Obama Speech  —  But Problems For Democratic Candidate Remain As Fewer Think He Could Unite The Country  —  (CBS) Sen. Barack Obama's speech on race this week, in which he discussed his relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his controversial longtime minister …
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Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
READING BETWEEN BILL CLINTON LINES ABOUT OBAMA?  —  CHARLOTTE, NC — At a small VFW hall in Charlotte, NC, today, former president Bill Clinton contemplated a McCain/Clinton general election matchup, saying that it would one between “two people who loved this country” without …
Discussion: The Caucus and The Fact Hub
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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:   Obama aide: Bill Clinton like McCarthy
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama supporter Gen. McPeak calls Bill Clinton another Joe McCarthy
Discussion: Redstate and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Donations Keep Pouring in, but for at Least One Candidate, There's a Catch  —  Democratic fund-raising continued at a breathtaking pace in February, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission, with candidates breaking records as soon as they were set.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Campaign “In The Red”
Discussion: The Caucus and MyDD
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
On Visit, Pelosi Offers Support to Dalai Lama  —  DHARAMSALA, India — As far as visits by American politicians go, it would be hard to stage a warmer reception.  —  Buddhist nuns waved American flags and the Dalai Lama ordered his followers to offer a standing ovation Friday morning as Nancy Pelosi …
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Edwards unlikely to endorse  —  John Edwards is unlikely to endorse either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton before the nomination is decided, according to interviews with several members of the former candidate's inner circle.  —  At least three individuals who have recently spoken …
Discussion: Hot Air
Deep Background / MSNBC:
Passport scandal leads to Virginia contractors  — Home» - Community» - Deep Background  —  By Jim Popkin and Libby Leist, NBC News  —  Two of the government contractors who accessed Sen. Barack Obama's passport records worked for a Virginia-based firm called Stanley, Inc., the company said in a statement.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Field
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CNN:
Obama wants inquiry into passport files snooping
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
STEP 8: ACCEPTANCE?  —  This will probably bring the emails out of the woodwork.  And that's fine; we can take it.  But usually when we publish something that doesn't reflect well on either of the remaining Democratic candidates (was the same when Edwards was still in) we get a flood of really not very happy emails from readers.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and Corrente
iowahawk:
It's Time For Some Straight Talk About My Gimp  —  As a candidate for the presidency of this great nation of ours, it has been my privilege to meet and hear the concerns of voters from across the political spectrum.  If there's anything I've learned along the way it's this …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hog On Ice
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush's Alternate Reality  —  President Bush on Wednesday said something demonstrably false and inflammatory about Iran — asserting that the Iranian government has “declared they want to have a nuclear weapon to destroy people.”  —  The Iranians have never done any such thing …
Weekly Standard:
FDR's “indiscretions,” McCain's “gaffe,” etc.  —  The silver linings in any scandal, or so THE SCRAPBOOK has learned, are the more-in-sorrow-than-anger essays by friends and admirers of the person who's been caught with his hand in the till or sneaking out of the bedroom.
Discussion: The New Republic
 
 
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