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1:20 PM 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 …
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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Obama Aide: Bill Clinton Like McCarthy  —  SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is trying to clarify comments by former President Clinton that seemed to question Barack Obama's patriotism—comments an Obama aide likened to Joseph McCarthy.  —  Clinton's campaign said the comments …
Sarasota County:
Richardson says Obama has ‘something special’
Discussion: TownHall Blog and The Corner
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
White House: Computer hard drives tossed  —  WASHINGTON - Older White House computer hard drives have been destroyed, the White House disclosed to a federal court Friday in a controversy over millions of possibly missing e-mails from 2003 to 2005.  —  The White House revealed new information …
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
No Admission for Evolutionary Biologist at Creationist Film  —  Two evolutionary biologists — P. Z. Myers of the University of Minnesota, Morris, and Richard Dawkins of Oxford — tried to go to the movies at the Mall of America in Minneapolis Thursday evening.  Dr. Dawkins got in.  Dr. Myers did not.
Discussion: Pharyngula, Blog entry and Hullabaloo
World Public Opinion:
American Public Says Government Leaders Should Pay Attention to Polls  —  Eight in Ten Say Public Should Have Greater Influence on Government  —  In sharp contrast to views recently expressed by Vice President Cheney, a new poll finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe government leaders …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
A Catered Affair  —  Back in 1881, when U.S. Senator Thomas Platt of New York was visiting Albany, word went around the State Capitol that he had rented a hotel room for a tryst.  According to The Albany Argus, Platt's political enemies quickly got hold of the adjoining room, brought in …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Spiritual Guide Accused Gov't Of Enabling ‘Black Genocide’  —  This past week, Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright has come under heavy fire in part over comments that suggested the U.S. government had introduced AIDS into black communities.
Discussion: Wonkette
Terry Frieden / CNN:
Mukasey ‘surprised’ by scope of threats  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Attorney General Michael Mukasey has been taken aback by the scope and variety of potential terrorism threats facing the United States, he told reporters Friday at an informal meeting in his office.
Discussion: Hot Air
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Reporting Facts, Not Opinions  —  I think most readers of Talk Left know that it is my opinion that because Florida and Michigan will not have a revote, Hillary Clinton's chances to win the nomination are slim at best.  The key point here is it is my opinion, not a fact.
Discussion: The Swamp and Jules Crittenden
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Bush Vows to Prevent Iran From Acquiring Nuclear Arms  —  President Says Tehran Wants to ‘Destroy People;’ Cannot Be Trusted to Enrich Uranium  —  President Bush said the Iranian government has “declared they want to have a nuclear weapon to destroy people” and vowed that the United States would be …
Discussion: The Corner and Informed Comment
TMZ.com:
“Bachelor” On Hunt For Human Remains  —  Former “Bachelor” bachelor Andy Baldwin just got back from the island of Palau in the South Pacific — not on vacation, on a mission with the Navy.  Now let's talk about why we the taxpayers are footing the bill on such BS.
Discussion: Hot Air, Wizbang and BLACKFIVE
NY Daily News:
Louis: Bloggers twist Obama's words  —  There's a new anti-Obama storyline whipping through cyberspace at the speed of stupid.  —  Put simply, some Internet nitwits say Obama's comment that his white grandmother - who made racist remarks and was fearful of blacks - was a “typical white person” …
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 …
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Media Matters for America:
Hannity on passport security breach: “Seems to me Barack Obama …
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama Speech Grades: 51% Good or Excellent, 26% Fair, 21% Poor
Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:
Henley Everywhere 2008alt.
Laurie Goering / Chicago Tribune:
On Friday, a religious convergence
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Jacob Sullum / Reason Magazine:
Why Is Barack Obama Afraid of Decriminalization?
Weekly Standard:
FDR's “indiscretions,” McCain's “gaffe,” etc.
Discussion: The New Republic
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Democratic senators urge HUD secretary to resign amid allegations of cronyism
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Democratic Donations Keep Pouring In, but for Clinton, There's a Catch
Discussion: The Caucus and Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Edwards unlikely to endorse
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
wftv.com:
Spring Breakers Arrested After Dynamite Explodes On Hotel Sundeck
Discussion: protein wisdom and Wizbang
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
STEP 8: ACCEPTANCE?  —  This will probably bring the emails out of the woodwork.
Discussion: The RBC and Corrente
Steve Forbes / Forbes:
Here's How to End the Panic
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Angry Bear
iowahawk:
It's Time For Some Straight Talk About My Gimp
Discussion: Hog On Ice and protein wisdom