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1:40 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
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
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Hot Air
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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 …
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 …
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
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 and the field negro
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Steyn: Post Post-Racial Candidate  —  'I'm sure," said Barack Obama in that sonorous baritone that makes his drive-thru order for a Big Mac, fries, and strawberry shake sound profound, “many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.  Well, yes.
Discussion: Snarky Bastards
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, TBogg and Informed Comment
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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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Reporting Facts, Not Opinions
Discussion: The Swamp and Jules Crittenden
Terry Frieden / CNN:
Mukasey ‘surprised’ by scope of threats
Discussion: Hot Air
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama Speech Grades: 51% Good or Excellent, 26% Fair, 21% Poor
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
Jacob Sullum / Reason Magazine:
Why Is Barack Obama Afraid of Decriminalization?
Weekly Standard:
FDR's “indiscretions,” McCain's “gaffe,” etc.
Discussion: The New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
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: The Caucus and Prairie Weather
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Edwards unlikely to endorse
wftv.com:
Spring Breakers Arrested After Dynamite Explodes On Hotel Sundeck
Discussion: protein wisdom and Wizbang
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