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6:50 PM ET, March 25, 2008


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Clinton: Wright ‘would not have been my pastor’  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a wide-ranging interview today with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporters and editors, said she would have left her church if her pastor made the sort of inflammatory remarks Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor made.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Clinton takes the low road, goes after Obama on Wright  —  When the controversy surrounding some of Jeremiah Wright's sermons first erupted a couple of weeks ago, the Clinton campaign went out of its way to say absolutely nothing about the story publicly.  If a reporter brought it up during …
Washington Wire:
Rev. Wright to Deliver Sermon at Florida Church
Discussion: The Swamp, and New York Post
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:   The Audacity of Rhetoric  —  It is painful to watch defenders …
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Clinton: Wright ‘Would Not Have Been My Pastor’
Discussion: Shakesville and Oliver Willis   Rev. Wright appearance canceled
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Hillary on Wright: I would have quit the church
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Long Defeat  —  Hillary Clinton may not realize it yet, but she's just endured one of the worst weeks of her campaign.  —  First, Barack Obama weathered the Rev. Jeremiah Wright affair without serious damage to his nomination prospects.  Obama still holds a tiny lead among Democrats nationally …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Poll: Obama Ahead 21 Points In North Carolina Primary  —  A new Public Policy Polling (D) survey of North Carolina shows that Barack Obama has jumped into an enormous lead over Hillary Clinton, after having been in a dead heat during the worst of the Jeremiah Wright controversy.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Ending The Nomination Campaign  —  A consensus seems to be forming that Hillary Clinton has only a very slim chance to win the nomination.  Recent articles in The New York Times and The Politico are examples of this.  Further, the consensus is not only that Clinton has a very small chance …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
A note on today's poll
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Matthew Yglesias:
Ending the War  —  Chris Bowers sketches out a plausible …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Obama Releases 2000-2006 Tax Returns  —  Barack Obama today released his 2000-2006 tax returns:  — 2006 Return  — 2005 Return  — 2004 Return  — 2003 Return  — 2002 Return  — 2001 Return  — 2000 Return  —  Here is a summary of the figures:
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Fact Hub:
Fact Check: Sen. Obama and Disclosure
Fox News:
Obamas Open Tax Returns, Earned Nearly $1M in 2006
Hindrocket / Power Line:
LET'S TURN OUT TO SUPPORT THE VETS  —  Scott noted this morning that the principal of Forest Lake High School canceled the scheduled appearance this morning by Forest Lake alum Pete Hegseth and his fellow Vets For Freedom.  The cancellation was prompted by an unspecified number of complaints from …
Justin Piehowski / KSTP-TV:
Students skip school to see Iraq speech
Discussion: The Corner
Ari Melber / The Nation:
LIMBAUGH'S LYING VOTERS UNDER INVESTIGATION...  “Operation Chaos,” Rush Limbaugh's campaign urging Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton in Democratic primaries, has been very effective.  It doubled Republican turnout in Ohio and Texas, boosting Clinton and prolonging the Democratic race.
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
HARRY REID: “IT WILL BE DONE.”  —  The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Molly Ball has Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the record seeming to imply that high-level, uncommitted Democrats are ready to tell Hillary to quit the race: … Cryptic.  But as I wrote yesterday, the tide is truly changing …
Sam Dagher / Christian Science Monitor:
ACROSS IRAQ, BATTLES ERUPT WITH MAHDI ARMY  —  Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army fought US, Iraqi forces in Baghdad and Basra on Tuesday. … The Mahdi Army's seven-month-long cease-fire appears to have come undone.  —  Rockets fired from the capital's Shiite district of Sadr City slammed …
Agence France Presse:
Sadr militia battle troops in four Iraqi cities
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Clinton camp in lockdown mode over Bosnia flap  —  The campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) is seeking to play down news that the former first lady gave an incorrect account of landing in Bosnia in 1996 under sniper fire, and refused to answer additional questions about a flap …
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Why Anti-Cassandras Get the Media Attention  —  Paul Krugman today bemoans the fact that on the housing crisis and especially on Iraq the people who get the most media attention are those who got it wrong. … (Brad DeLong, Dean Baker and others have made similar complaints.)
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Democratic Party Official: Clinton Pursuing ‘The Tonya Harding Option’  —  l just spoke with a Democratic Party official, who asked for anonymity so as to speak candidly, who said we in the media are all missing the point of this Democratic fight.  —  The delegate math is difficult for Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, the official said.
Discussion: Hot Air
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
A Big Win for Judicial Supremacy, a Big Loss for Government Language Lawyers and Another Example of Real Change  —  Parents “do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children.”  —  So wrote a California judge in a case that has ominous potential for the estimated …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Anthony Cormier /
1 Of 2 93-Year-Olds Charged In Manatee County Sex Sting  —  MANATEE COUNTY - Prosecutors are moving ahead with a case against one of two 93-year-old men picked up during undercover prostitution stings.  —  In the case of Frank Milio, prosecutors have issued subpoenas and plan to take him to trial in April.
Discussion: Blog
Michael Evans / Times of London:
Britain is world's 7th most stable and prosperous nation  —  The United Kingdom has been ranked as one of the most stable and prosperous countries in the world, beating the United States, France and even Switzerland in a global assessment of every nation's achievements and standards.
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Court doesn't mess with Texas; denies new trial  —  Texas has wanted to put Jose Medellin to death for a long time.  It looks like the state is going to get its way.  —  The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday sided with Texas against the Bush administration in a highly charged dispute …
David Stout / New York Times:   Justices Rule Against Bush on Death Penalty Case
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Conservatives' Hate-Based Campaign Against Obama  —  The right-wing smear campaign against Barack Obama has already begun.  Conservatives intend, as they have so many times before, to appeal to Americans' ugliest prejudices and most craven fears.  —  For months, I've been predicting …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
McCain: 'We're succeeding'  —  Returning from his eighth trip to Iraq …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Covering all the bases  —  The Clinton campaign just sent …
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Fox Refuses To Pay FCC Indecency Fine
Washington Post:
Cheney on the Iraq War — and Nixon's Pardon
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Think Progress
Matthew Yglesias:
True Crime  —  Robert Gordon has a nice piece in TNR making …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Nancy Reagan to endorse McCain in Calif.
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Think Progress / Wonk Room:
McCain's Record Of Denying Assistance To Homeowners
Lionel Chetwynd / Pajamas Media:
An Open Letter to Senator Obama
Discussion: Power Line and Ed
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
In Response To Hitch On Obama
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Hillary's Delusion Is Mac's Gain
Discussion: If I Ran the Zoo
Wall Street Journal:
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