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3:20 PM ET, March 22, 2008

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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
Discussion: Fox News, New York Times and Don Surber
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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: Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
Media Matters for America:
Hannity on passport security breach: “Seems to me Barack Obama …
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 Lewis / TownHall Blog:
Carville: Bill Richarson is Judas  —  James Carville is quoted in the NYT on Bill Richardson's endorsement of Barack Obama today ...  Analogies are dangerous.  I understand that he is comparing Richardson to Judas — but in so doing, is he also comparing Bill Clinton to Jesus?
Discussion: QandO
Atrios / Eschaton:
Classy  —  NYT: … (ht reader r)
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.
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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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: Redstate and Liberal Values
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Broad Concerns about Internet Voting  —  The verdict is in on Internet voting, and if Caucus readers are any guide, it's a non-starter, at least for now.  We asked our readers a few days ago whether Internet voting might be a plausible way to stage re-votes in Michigan and Florida.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
Clinton Sees Rise in Online Donations
Discussion: The Caucus
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Defending Bill Clinton  —  You may want to sit down, but I read the following Bill Clinton remarks yesterday and didn't see anything untoward about them: … I don't think he's implying that Obama doesn't love his country or is not devoted to the interest of this country (although you could, with some strain, parse it that way).
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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Obama Aide: Bill Clinton Like McCarthy
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 …
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 …
Lawhawk / A Blog For All:
A Very Rough First Week  —  Governor David Paterson should have been on cloud nine this week, having been sworn in as Governor of New York on Monday, replacing disgraced Democrat Eliot Spitzer.  Paterson, a Democrat himself, promptly began providing cannon fodder for the papers because he admitted …
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
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Keep the Christ in Christmas...  ...but take Him out of Easter: … So now the story ends with the Last Supper - and presumably afterwards Jesus and His friends watch Elmo and then go to bed.  That the foundational event of your faith is now excessively “disturbing” is almost too parodic …
 
 
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Christopher Pearson / The Australian:
Climate facts to warm to
Catherine Crier / The Huffington Post:
Newsrooms Revolt!  —  Profound sadness was my dominant emotion …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Think Progress
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
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Craig keeps promise to retire
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Spiritual Guide Accused Gov't Of Enabling ‘Black Genocide’
Discussion: Wonkette and the field negro
Gail Collins / New York Times:
A Catered Affair  —  Back in 1881, when U.S. Senator Thomas Platt …
Terry Frieden / CNN:
Mukasey ‘surprised’ by scope of threats
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
NY Daily News:
Louis: Bloggers twist Obama's words
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
On Visit, Pelosi Offers Support to Dalai Lama
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
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