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9:00 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 …
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 …
McCain Asks When Hillary Clinton Will Apologize to Gen. Petraeus - Video  —  Here is Sen. John McCain on March 24, 2008 asking when Sen. Hillary Clinton will apologize to Gen. David Petraeus for her remarks last year ridiculing the idea that “The Surge” strategy in Iraq was working.
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Just How Did John McCain Obtain What He Has in the Bank with the Press?  —  “Maybe ‘Iran is training Al Queda’ is McCain's way of signaling that he intends to pick up where Bush and Cheney left off in discarding the whole reality-based approach to policy-making and public communication.”
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?
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 …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Seeks to Soften Impact of Misstatement
Discussion: TalkLeft
New York Times:
Iraqi Crackdown on Shiite Forces Sets Off Fighting  —  BAGHDAD — Heavy fighting broke out Tuesday in two of Iraq's largest cities, as Iraqi ground forces and helicopters mounted a huge operation to break the grip of the Shiite militias controlling Basra, and Iraqi forces clashed with militias in Baghdad.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Battles wrack Basra, threatening success of U.S. surge
Discussion: Firedoglake
Paul Krugman:
Look and feel 15 years younger!  —  The latest report of the Social Security Trustees is out.  I think the key message is what has happened to the estimate of actuarial balance — the difference between projected outlays and projected revenues over the next 75 years.
Discussion: Angry Bear
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   IMMIGRATION AND SOCIAL SECURITY....Paul Krugman points …
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Jarheads  —  In light of Tuzla-gate (catchy, no?), reporters are going over past statements by Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, (and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois) to see if others don't stand more rigorous examination.  —  One that may get renewed scrutiny is a story she told “Women in Military Service” …
Discussion: Democracy Project and Boston Globe
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 …
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.
James Romoser / Winston-Salem Journal# North …:
Route to Victory?  —  N.C. may be pivotal in race, analysts predict  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's dwindling chances to be president may hinge on what happens in North Carolina.  —  As she prepares to make her first campaign trip to the state on Thursday, including a stop in Winston-Salem …
Discussion: The Page
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 …
Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
Obama advisor: US Jews hinder peace  —  More trouble for presidential hopeful: Inquiry by conservative US media outlets reveals that Obama advisor Merrill ‘Tony’ McPeak is a longtime anti-Israel critic who slammed American Jews for acting against US interests
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Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
Obama related to Pitt, Clinton to Jolie
Gallup Daily: Obama and Clinton Remain Nearly Tied
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Behind in the Ratings, CBS News Hopes for Help From a Debate
Discussion: Truthdig
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
‘Russia set on Mideast parley, whether Israel likes it or not’
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Campaign spending limits don't apply to mavericks
John McCain / Real Clear Politics:
John McCain's Remarks on Economic Woes
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Clinton Camp Memo on Obama's “Embellished Words”
Frank Pasquale / Concurring Opinions:
Legal Extortion  —  Scott Greenfield of Simple Justice mentions …
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Guns, God and Gays
Kathie Durbin / Columbian:
Cantwell supporting Clinton — for now
Discussion: The Jed Report
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THAT'S NOT WRIGHT  —  You can always tell when a scandal story …
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
A Big Win for Judicial Supremacy, a Big Loss for Government …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Rev. Wright appearance canceled
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Fox Refuses To Pay FCC Indecency Fine
Discussion: Liberal Values and Media Blog