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3:50 AM ET, March 26, 2008


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Byron York / The Corner:
Hell Has Officially Frozen Over  —  It caught my eye as a flash on Brit Hume a few moments ago, but here is a photo from Hillary Clinton's visit today to the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  In this picture, she is seen talking to none other than Richard Mellon Scaife …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
YA THINK?  —  As you know, earlier today Hillary Clinton tried to stoke the Jeremiah Wright controversy by telling an editorial board meeting in Pittsburgh that Jeremiah Wright “would not have been my pastor” and then going on to note that she had denounced Don Imus in contrast to Obama's allegedly …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Clinton would have left Obama's pastor
Discussion: Lance Mannion
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Team Obama - Someone Buy 'Em A Subscription To Google  —  Per Ben Smith's blog at The Politico I see that Team Obama is alerting reporters to earlier incidents of Hillarity mis-speaking about her Excellent Adventure in Bosnia.  —  But the Obama crowd has not found her December tale-telling …
Discussion: The Politico and
Suzanne Smalley / Newsweek:
Embellished Memory  —  Had Hillary come to believe her increasingly dramatic tale of facing sniper fire in Bosnia? … Is it possible that Hillary Clinton really thought she risked her life disembarking from a plane and running for cover “under sniper fire” at the heavily fortified U.S. Air Force base at Tuzla?
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Seeks to Soften Impact of Misstatement
Discussion: TalkLeft
Clinton Says Account of Sniper Fire Was ‘Mistake’
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Clinton camp in lockdown mode over Bosnia flap
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: The Volokh Conspiracy and TalkLeft
Byron York / The Corner:
Michelle and Barack: The Tax Returns
Obama releases tax returns, challenges Clinton
Discussion: Donklephant
Associated Press:
Chelsea Clinton Startled by Monica Query  —  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chelsea Clinton had a quick retort Tuesday when asked whether her mother's credibility had been hurt during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.  —  “Wow, you're the first person actually that's ever asked me that question in the …
The Nation:
Progressives for Obama  —  All American progressives should unite for Barack Obama.  We descend from the proud tradition of independent social movements that have made America a more just and democratic country.  We believe that the movement today supporting Barack Obama continues …
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Obama And The Jews  —  The Clinton campaign is distributing an article in the American Spectator (!) about Obama foreign policy adviser Merrill McPeak and his penchant for.. well, the article accuses him of being an anti-Semite and a drunk.  Principally, the author takes McPeak to task …
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
The Buzz on the Bus: Pinched, Press Steps Off  —  As Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama debated in Cleveland on a snowy evening in late February, 650 journalists descended on the city to follow every jab and parry, albeit on enormous televisions in two makeshift filing centers.
Discussion: Gawker
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
‘Russia set on Mideast parley, whether Israel likes it or not’  —  Russia is determined to go ahead with an international Middle East conference in Moscow in June whether Israel likes it or not, government sources told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, summing up Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit here last week.
Discussion: The New Republic and Israel Matzav
Matthew Yglesias:
Ending the War  —  Chris Bowers sketches out a plausible and appealing scenario in which Barack Obama wraps up the nomination on May 6.  Among other things that would be good about such a scenario, it's worth noting that at this point the main obstacle to a satisfactory resolution …
Discussion: Corrente and TalkLeft
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Clinton Camp Memo on Obama's “Embellished Words”  —  Just Embellished Words: Senator Obama's Record of Exaggerations & Misstatements  —  Once again, the Obama campaign is getting caught saying one thing while doing another.  They are personally attacking Hillary even though Sen. Obama …
If Rush Gets Indicted for Operation Chaos, Indict Obama, Clinton, Too  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: On Friday we made Operation Chaos merchandise available at the EIB Store at  You have two days to be among the first to order either a T-shirt or a cap or bumper sticker …
Ari Melber / The Nation:
Discussion: and TalkLeft
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
IMMIGRATION AND SOCIAL SECURITY....Paul Krugman points out that in the 2008 report of the Social Security Trustees released today the “actuarial balance” of the system is better than it's been since 1993.  Interesting!  But how much better?  —  Click here for the answer …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
John McCain / Real Clear Politics:
John McCain's Remarks on Economic Woes  —  Thank you for joining me here today.  I just returned from a trip overseas that included assessing the state of affairs in Iraq, the Middle East, and Europe.  I will have more to say on those important issues in the days and weeks to come.
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.
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Ed Koch / Real Clear Politics:
Why Obama's Speech Was Unconvincing
Discussion: TalkLeft and Commentary
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Shameless liar on Bosnia: I'm only human; Video: CBS embarrasses Hillary again
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Campaign spending limits don't apply to mavericks
Frank Pasquale / Concurring Opinions:
Legal Extortion  —  Scott Greenfield of Simple Justice mentions …
Chuck Norris /
Guns, God and Gays
Kathie Durbin / Columbian:
Cantwell supporting Clinton — for now
Robert Gordon / The New Republic:
Criminal Intent  —  The presidential candidates need …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The RBC
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THAT'S NOT WRIGHT  —  You can always tell when a scandal story …
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org
 Earlier Items: 
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Caucus and The Page
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
A Big Win for Judicial Supremacy, a Big Loss for Government …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Rev. Wright appearance canceled
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Covering all the bases  —  The Clinton campaign just sent …
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Missile Parts Sent to Taiwan in Error
Discussion: Neptunus Lex
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Fox Refuses To Pay FCC Indecency Fine
Discussion: Liberal Values
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Nancy Reagan to endorse McCain in Calif.
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect: