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2:30 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 …
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
Carville: Bill Richarson is Judas
Discussion: QandO
Sarasota County:
Richardson says Obama has ‘something special’
Discussion: TownHall Blog and The Corner
Media Matters for America:
Hannity on passport security breach: “Seems to me Barack Obama is looking for anything to distract from the story of Jeremiah Wright” … On the March 20 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, discussing the State Department's admission that Sen. Barack Obama's passport records …
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Washington Times:
Passports probe focuses on worker  —  The State Department investigation of improper computer access to passport records of three presidential candidates is focusing on one remaining employee — a contract worker with a company headed by an adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama
Little Green Footballs:
Passport Probe Finds Link to Obama Campaign?  —  Bill Gertz and Jon Ward report that one of the people who illegally accessed the presidential candidates' passport records works for a company headed by an adviser to the Barack Obama campaign.
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
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.
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 …
Matthew Yglesias:
Incompetence  —  The past week saw a lot of “what did I get wrong"-type articles about Iraq and they frequently put me in the mind of the incompetence dodge.  I note that one frequent way in which people argue for the proposition that poor execution, rather than an underlying flawed concept …
Michael Rubin / The Corner:
Washington Post's curious Iran reporting  —  William Branigin and Robin Wright have a rather factually flawed Washington Post article on President Bush's speech on Iran that suggests either extreme sloppiness or that integrity has gone out the window in the news section.
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
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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 …
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Hopes for Wireless Cities Fade as Internet Providers Pull Out  —  PHILADELPHIA — It was hailed as Internet for the masses when Philadelphia officials announced plans in 2005 to erect the largest municipal Wi-Fi grid in the country, stretching wireless access over 135 square miles with the hope …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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: Jules Crittenden and The Swamp
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 …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Craig keeps promise to retire  —  Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), encumbered by a scandal since last summer, did not file for reelection by his state's deadline Friday, keeping a promise he made and officially marking the end of his congressional career.  —  Craig's political future …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
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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Michael Luo / New York Times:
Clinton Sees Rise in Online Donations
Discussion: The Caucus
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Colorado Court Rules ‘No Smoking’ Means Exactly That, Even on Stage
Discussion: TalkLeft
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Steyn: Post Post-Racial Candidate
Discussion: Snarky Bastards
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Spiritual Guide Accused Gov't Of Enabling ‘Black Genocide’
Discussion: Wonkette and the field negro
Terry Frieden / CNN:
Mukasey ‘surprised’ by scope of threats
Discussion: Hot Air
NY Daily News:
Louis: Bloggers twist Obama's words
Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:
Henley Everywhere 2008alt.
Laurie Goering / Chicago Tribune:
On Friday, a religious convergence
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
 Earlier Items: 
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
TMZ.com:
“Bachelor” On Hunt For Human Remains
Discussion: Hot Air, Wizbang and BLACKFIVE
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Democratic Donations Keep Pouring In, but for Clinton, There's a Catch
Discussion: Prairie Weather
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Edwards unlikely to endorse