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12:10 PM ET, March 25, 2008


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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 …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Is ‘success’ of U.S. surge in Iraq about to unravel?  —  BAGHDAD — A cease-fire critical to the improved security situation in Iraq appeared to unravel Monday when a militia loyal to radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al Sadr began shutting down neighborhoods in west Baghdad and issuing demands of the central government.
Aref Mohammed / Reuters:
Iraqi forces fight Mehdi Army in Basra
Iraq forces battle Basra militias
Allie Shah / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Forest Lake event canceled; too political  —  Forest Lake High's principal said the decision was spurred by concerns that the presentation was more political than educational.  —  A national tour featuring decorated veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan won't be stopping …
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
THE LEFT HAS NO HEROES  —  Apparently the left doesn't have any heroes, they believe that anyone in or out of uniform who is not protesting or telling tales of atrocities reminiscent of Jenjis Khan, is simply a tool of the vast right-wing conspiracy.  In the La La land inhabited by the liberals …
Discussion: and Hot Air
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
No Room for the Vets@School  —  The patriots at Vets for Freedom …
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Mark Tomasik /
Don't discount Gore-led ticket  —  U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney, whose district includes much of Martin and St. Lucie counties, is hoping he won't have to attend the Democratic Party national convention in Denver in August.  —  If he does go, that will mean the Democrats still haven't decided a nominee for the presidential election.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Clinton camp tags Obama for ‘the audacity of nope’  —  The Clinton campaign will not let go of the discounted Democratic primary votes in Michigan, where Sen. Hillary Clinton “won” as the only major candidate on the Jballot, and in Florida, which Clinton “won” in an uncontested election.
Will / Attytood:
UPDATED: Clinton: Pledged delegates are “like superdelegates”
Associated Press:
NY gov says he tried drugs in his youth  —  NEW YORK (AP) — New York's new governor, who disclosed last week that he and his wife committed adultery several years ago, said Monday he used cocaine in his 20s and smoked marijuana when he was younger.  —  In reference to cocaine …
USA Today:
Worried Dems wish for ‘dream team’  —  WASHINGTON — What are the odds Democrats will field a “dream team ticket” with Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton combining forces?  —  London bookmaker Ladbrokes is taking bets at 8-1, but leading Democratic insiders aren't ready to put down their money — yet.
Discussion: MSNBC, Corrente and Real Clear Politics
New York Times:
Clinton Says She ‘Misspoke’ About Dodging Sniper Fire  —  BLUE BELL, Pa. — As part of her argument that she has the best experience and instincts to deal with a sudden crisis as president, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton recently offered a vivid description of having to run across a tarmac …
Clinton says she ‘misspoke’ about sniper fire
Discussion: The Iconic Midwest
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Dems to hammer McCain for ‘100 years’  —  John McCain is scheduled to deliver a major foreign policy speech Wednesday in Los Angeles, one with a heavy Iraq focus, but chances are Democrats won't be listening.  They've already distilled his views into an easy to remember formulation: 100 years of war.
Discussion: Hot Air
Molly Ball / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Presidential primary fight doesn't bother Reid  —  Democrat predicts early resolution  —  While Democrats across the country are anguished about the bitter fight for their presidential nomination, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn't appear to be losing any sleep over it.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and The RBC
E. J. Dionne / Real Clear Politics:
Righting the Right  —  WASHINGTON — What's the matter with conservatism?  —  Its problems start with the failure of George W. Bush's presidency but they don't end there.  Inequality is rising and working-class voters are being hammered.  The cost and availability of health coverage are a big problem …
Hugh Hewitt /
Senator Obama, Unplugged  —  I have written and broadcast on the subject of Senator Obama's first book, Dreams From My Father.  It has to be the most unusual book ever by a presidential aspirant, and much of what he writes cannot be classified as mainstream, and some of what he wrote would shock …
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Rush to register at Pa. deadline  —  At the Montgomery County Board of Elections Office yesterday, there wasn't a single moment when someone wasn't at the counter clutching a voter registration form.  —  “It's been a madhouse,” said Joseph Passarella, the director of voter services …
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Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
The Audacity of Rhetoric  —  It is painful to watch defenders …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
New York Sun:
Smoke Bomb  —  Nicholson Baker, author of the revisionist tract …
Discussion: Power Line and The Corner
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Conservatives' Hate-Based Campaign Against Obama
Sources: Air marshals missing from almost all flights
Jonathan Petre / Telegraph:
Muslims ‘to outnumber traditional churchgoers’
Discussion: The Debatable Land
Katharine Zaleski / The Huffington Post:
Did Only Two Papers Feature 4,000 Iraq Deaths Across Their Front Pages?
Discussion: All Spin Zone
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
Paterson Billed Taxpayers for Albany Hotels
 Earlier Items: 
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When The Post Was Late to Church
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The ongoing exclusion of war opponents from the Iraq debate
Matthew Yglesias:
The Hand-Wringing Gap
Michael Tanji / Weekly Standard:
Intelligently Misleading
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Behind the Deal, the Hand of the Fed
Gateway Pundit:
Bond Set at $25-35,000 For Holy Name Easter Protesters!
Ari Berman / The Nation:
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