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12:10 AM ET, March 23, 2008

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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Edges Ahead of Clinton  —  Democratic nomination preference: Obama 48%, Clinton 45%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has quickly made up the deficit he faced with Hillary Clinton earlier this week, with the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update on Democratic presidential …
Kate Bolduan / CNN:
CEO of passport contractor is Obama adviser  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The CEO of a company whose employee is accused of improperly looking at the passport files of presidential candidates is a consultant to the Barack Obama campaign, a source said Saturday.  —  John O. Brennan …
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Amy Driscoll / MiamiHerald.com:
Spitzer Miami tryst alleged  —  Almost four months before Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in a sex scandal, a lawyer for Republican political operative Roger Stone sent a letter to the FBI alleging that Spitzer “used the services of high-priced call girls” while in Florida.
Sacramento Bee:
Freed SLA member Olson arrested again  —  State corrections officials re-arrested Sara Jane Olson on Saturday - five days after she was released - and announced that they intend to keep her in prison for another year.  —  California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Oscar Hidalgo …
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Don Surber
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CNN:
'70s radical-turned-housewife back in prison
Discussion: TalkLeft and JammieWearingFool
Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Constitution  —  Clarence Thomas leaps from his chair.  He retrieves a wire coat hanger from his closet for a demonstration — the same demonstration he gives his law clerks.  He bends it and says: “How do you compensate?  So, you say well, deal with it.  Bend this over here.
Discussion: Political Machine and Convictions
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:   To Keep and Bear Arms
Matthew Yglesias:
Hillary Clinton in Bosnia  —  The former First Lady described her 1996 trip to the base at Tuzla earlier this week in a speech: … I don't recall that sniper incident, but I was only fifteen or so at the time, and now video has surfaced showing contemporary news coverage of the sniper attack on Clinton …
Christopher Pearson / The Australian:
Climate facts to warm to  —  CATASTROPHIC predictions of global warming usually conjure with the notion of a tipping point, a point of no return.  —  Last Monday - on ABC Radio National, of all places - there was a tipping point of a different kind in the debate on climate change.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
A Century in Iraq, if it works right: Obama adviser  —  Yesterday I noted the accusation of McCarthyism against Bill Clinton by Barack Obama military adviser Gen. Tony McPeak.  The former Air Force Chief of Staff has a history of interesting statements, including a couple at the beginning of the war both McPeak and Obama oppose.
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Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Bill Clinton: Democratic race could come down to NC vote
Discussion: Forum: News/Activism
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
Book Details U.S. Pressure On Allies Before War  —  UNITED NATIONS — In the months leading up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration threatened trade reprisals against friendly countries who withheld their support, spied on its allies, and pressed for the recall of U.N. envoys …
Catherine Crier / The Huffington Post:
Newsrooms Revolt!  —  Profound sadness was my dominant emotion as I watched one of the cable news shows this morning.  Two attractive young ‘political analysts’, a handsome African American and a winsome blonde, (guess their politics), ‘illuminated’ the presidential race.
History News Network:
Deja vu — Judith Apter Klinghoffer  —  OBAMA ON HIS NOT “TYPICAL WHITE” GRANDPARENTS  —  To fully appreciate the venality of Obama's treatment of his grandmother, one needs to read the other stories he tells about her.  Yes, Obama does tell in his book the story of his grandmother fear of a man who accosted her on the bus (p.88):
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Erica Jong / The Huffington Post:
Why am I so afraid that the Democratic Party is shooting itself in the foot?  —  The Dems are far from perfect—in any time—but here we are in what has to be a Democratic year and it looks again like we are self-destructing.  —  We have two great candidates—one a hard working …
Discussion: James Wolcott's Blog
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Pope baptizes prominent Italian Muslim  —  VATICAN CITY - Italy's most prominent Muslim, an iconoclastic writer who condemned Islamic extremism and defended Israel, converted to Catholicism Saturday in a baptism by the pope at a Vatican Easter service.  —  An Egyptian-born …
Shadi Hamid / Washington Post:
Speech Translation  —  While Barack Obama's speech on race earlier this week was geared primarily toward domestic concerns, as an American of Middle Eastern origin, watching from a café in Jordan, I was struck by the possibilities it offered not only for race relations at home …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Clinton Sees Rise in Online Donations  —  In the middle of her victory speech after the Ohio and Texas primaries this month, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton paused to reel off the Web address for her campaign.  —  “Go to www.HillaryClinton.com,” she said, drawing applause and cheers from her throngs of supporters.
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Broad Concerns about Internet Voting
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 
 
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Matthew Yglesias:
Halleluja  —  This may be the greatest piece of surrealist …
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Gail Shister / Philly.com:
Obama begins ad blitz in Philadelphia
Discussion: TalkLeft
Carolyn Jones / San Francisco Chronicle:
Marine supporters on motorcycles roar in Berkeley
New York Times:
In Washington, a Split Over Regulation of Wall Street
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Keep the Christ in Christmas...
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Lawhawk / A Blog For All:
A Very Rough First Week  —  Governor David Paterson …
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Hopes for Wireless Cities Fade as Internet Providers Pull Out
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Michael Rubin / The Corner:
Washington Post's curious Iran reporting
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Colorado Court Rules ‘No Smoking’ Means Exactly That, Even on Stage
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
So much for the ‘post-racial’ candidate
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Craig keeps promise to retire
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Matthew Yglesias:
Incompetence  —  The past week saw a lot of “what did I get wrong” …
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
No Admission for Evolutionary Biologist at Creationist Film
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
White House: Computer hard drives tossed