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9:45 AM ET, March 24, 2008

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Washington Post:
Both Obama And Clinton Embellish Their Roles  —  After weeks of arduous negotiations, on April 6, 2006, a bipartisan group of senators burst out of the “President's Room,” just off the Senate chamber, with a deal on new immigration policy.  —  As the half-dozen senators — including John McCain …
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
2 McCain Moments, Rarely Mentioned  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain never fails to call himself a conservative Republican as he campaigns as his party's presumptive presidential nominee.  He often adds that he was a “foot soldier” in the Reagan revolution and that he believes …
Robin Toner / International Herald Tribune:
Obama's promise of a new majority, and the question it prompts
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Associated Press:
U.S. death toll in Iraq hits 4,000  —  Grim milestone reached when IED kills 4 U.S. soldiers in Baghdad  —  An unidentified man walks among the headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Friday, March 14, 2008.  —  Grim milestone  —  March 24: A grim milestone is reached …
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Brandon Friedman / VetVoice:
25 Killed in Two Weeks; More Significant Number than 4,000  —  American forces have just experienced the most violent two-week period in Iraq since September 2007.  Unfortunately, I'm afraid this fact will be lost in the media coverage over the number 4,000 during the next several days.
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
US Death Toll in Iraq War Hits 4,000
Discussion: Informed Comment and Truthdig
pw pub:
Obama Nation (Interlude)...  Cross posted from Pull On Superman's Cape.  —  In these next few months there will be troubled waters.  —  There are many, many things to say.  Some are very difficult to say.  Perhaps it is a good time to have a national conversation.
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William Kristol / New York Times:
Let's Not, and Say We Did  —  I shuddered only once while watching Barack Obama's speech last Tuesday.  —  It wasn't when he posed the rhetorical questions: “Why associate myself with Reverend Wright in the first place, they may ask?  Why not join another church?”
Discussion: Prometheus 6 and TBogg
Fester / The Newshoggers:
Clinton, odds and 2012  —  My good buddy Kyle at Comments from Left Field is raising and smashing a line of argument about Hillary Clinton's motives for continuing in the Democratic primary despite having a minimal chance of actually achieiving her goals.  And this line of speculation …
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Gateway Pundit:
EASTER MASS ATTACK!!  Protesters Scream & Spray Fake Blood at Churchgoers  —  NOT JUST ANTIWAR...  Leftist Protesters Attack Catholic Worshippers at Easter Mass in Chicago  —  The Progressives squirted fake blood around on the Catholics attending Easter Mass this morning.!!
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Michael Jacobson / Washington Post:
They Trained.  They Plotted.  Then They Bailed.  —  On Dec. 10, 2001, after completing his al-Qaeda training in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sajid Badat returned home to Britain.  Badat, a 22-year-old Muslim born in Gloucester, had an associate, a gangly man named Richard Reid …
Discussion: Hot Air and TownHall Blog
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Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times Has Hit Piece on McCain …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Clinton Backer Points to Electoral College Votes as New Measure  —  Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, who backs Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, proposed another metric Sunday by which superdelegates might judge whether to support Mrs. Clinton or Senator Barack Obama.
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Democrats' Obama Dilemma  —  Barack Obama's speech last week, hastily prepared to extinguish the firestorm over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, won critical praise for style and substance but failed politically.  By elevating the question of race in America, the front-running Democratic presidential candidate …
Discussion: The Page
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Rising Health Costs Cut Into Wages  —  Recent history has not been kind to working-class Americans, who were down on the economy long before the word recession was uttered.  —  The main reason: spiraling health-care costs have been whacking away at their wages.
Discussion: European Tribune and ParaPundit
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Taming the Beast  —  We're now in the midst of an epic financial crisis, which ought to be at the center of the election debate.  But it isn't.  —  Now, I don't expect presidential campaigns to have all the answers to our current crisis — even financial experts are scrambling to keep up with events.
Patterico's Pontifications:
Not from The Onion — Kmiec Endorses . . . Obama  —  Doug Kmiec has endorsed Barack Obama, in one of the most puzzling pieces of writing I have ever read.  Kmiec, who claims to be a Republican, literally does not advance one single reason why Obama would be a better President than John McCain.
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The Prophetic Stream, Conspiracy Theory and Paranoia: What's Wrong …
Discussion: The Corner
Newsweek:
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BBC:
Cigarette display ban considered
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News:
State Democratic Party postpones district conventions
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
Clarence Thomas Is Not ‘Mr. Constitution’
Jules Crittenden:
Politics = Torture  —  McCain says the Keating Five ordeal …
Discussion: Herald
Jonathan Ellis / Argus Leader:
Poll may gauge Obama fallout
Discussion: MyDD
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘This is not a crackpot church’
CNN:
Richardson says he still feels loyal to Clintons
The Day, New London, CT:
We Don't Know This Sen. Joe