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8:10 PM ET, March 26, 2008

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Frank Newport / Gallup:
If McCain vs. Obama, 28% of Clinton Backers Go for McCain  —  If McCain vs. Clinton, 19% of Obama backers go for McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A sizable proportion of Democrats would vote for John McCain next November if he is matched against the candidate they do not support for the Democratic nomination.
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Rasmussen Reports:
22% of Democrats Want Clinton to Drop Out; 22% Say Obama Should Withdraw  —  Twenty-two percent (22%) of Democratic voters nationwide say that Hillary Clinton should drop out of the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination.  However, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
New NBC-WSJ poll  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  As expected, one of the two major Democratic candidates saw a downturn in the latest NBC/WSJ poll, but it's not the candidate that you think.  Hillary Clinton is sporting the lowest personal ratings of the campaign.
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Election 2008: Missouri Presidential Election
Discussion: The Corner and MyDD
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Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
BREAKING: Condi Rice Flirts With VP Possibility — Speaks to Grover Norquist's Wednesday Group Meeting  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is speaking this morning to Grover Norquist's weekly powerhouse gathering at Americans for Tax Reform of conservative associations, think tanks, and political operations.
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Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
More on Condoleezza Rice - Grover Norquist Group Meeting
Discussion: The Swamp and Think Progress
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
BILL: ‘SADDLE UP’  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli  —  PARKERSBURG, W.V. — Bill Clinton kicked off a day of campaigning here by making a personal appeal to voters, saying Hillary's success depends on “real” people like those who came to see him.  And as the rhetoric heats up between the Democratic campaigns …
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Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Bill Clinton: 'I Don't Give a Rip About All This Name-Calling....Let's Just Saddle Up and Have an Argument'  —  Don't like the tenor of the Democratic contest?  —  Don't look to former President Bill Clinton for consolation.  —  Speaking to voters in Parkersburg, West Virginia …
Discussion: Hot Air
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Judicial Watch: Obama ‘intended to leave no paper trail’  —  The president of a prominent watchdog group said Wednesday that he believes Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) “intended to leave no paper trail” during his time in the Illinois Senate.
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Obama's Pastor Slurs Italians in Latest Magazine  —  (CNSNews.com) - Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago where Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has been a member for two decades, slurred Italians in a piece published in the most recent issue of Trumpet Newsmagazine.
Discussion: The Corner, PoliGazette and Macsmind
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Spin Cycle:
Rev. Wright's Italian Job (Hold the Garlic)
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News:
Federal judge: Michigan's presidential primary law unconstitutional  —  DETROIT — A federal judge on Wednesday ruled Michigan's presidential primary law unconstitutional and blocked the state from giving voter lists from the Jan. 15 election to the state's major political parties.
stephenbainbridge.com:
Seriously, how do you flip from Romney to Obama?  —  In a Beliefnet interview, Kmiec explains that: … He continues: … The trouble with this explanation is that just a few months ago Kmiec was part of Mitt Romney's campaign.  I don't recall Mitt talking about Dorothy Day very much.
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God-o-Meter:   Kmiec's Obama Endorsement: What He's Thinking
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
The rescue of Bear Stearns marks liberalisation's limit  —  Remember Friday March 14 2008: it was the day the dream of global free- market capitalism died.  For three decades we have moved towards market-driven financial systems.  By its decision to rescue Bear Stearns, the Federal Reserve …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORAL HAZARD....How important is the effect of moral hazard in the financial marketplace?
Discussion: Megan McArdle
John McCain 2008:
Remarks By John McCain To The Los Angeles World Affairs Council  —  ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain's will deliver the following remarks as prepared for delivery today at the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles, California:  —  When I was five years old, a car pulled up in front …
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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
US: Saddam Paid for Lawmakers' Iraq Trip  —  Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.  —  An indictment unsealed in Detroit accuses Muthanna Al-Hanooti …
Joshua Green / The Current:
Hillary's Minister Problem  —  Barack Obama isn't the only candidate with ties to a controversial religious group.  —  Since Hillary Clinton has launched a frontal attack on her opponent's church and pastor, it's worth noting that she has some odd religious ties of her own.
Agence France Presse:
Pentagon says new Iraq fighting arises from surge's success  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — The Pentagon on Wednesday said an eruption of violence in southern Iraq, where US-backed government forces were battling Shiite militias, was a “by-product of the success of the surge.”
Discussion: VetVoice
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Moqtada al-Sadr orders Iraq PM out of Basra  —  The Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has demanded that the country's prime minister leave Basra where he is overseeing a military operation to purge the southern city of its radical Shi'ite militiamen.  —  Relations between Sadr and Nouri al-Maliki …
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Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   U.S. airstrike in Iraq reportedly causes 60 casualties
The Smoking Gun:
Big Phat Liar  —  How a federal inmate duped the Los Angeles Times, fabricated FBI reports, and linked Sean “Diddy” Combs to 1994 ambush of Tupac Shakur  —  Last week's bombshell Los Angeles Times report claiming that the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur in the lobby of a Manhattan recording studio …
Mark Halperin / Time:
Exclusive: Clinton Vows to Push On  —  Hillary Clinton is under a lot of pressure these days, but in a Tuesday interview she seemed cheery, confident and unapologetic as she talked about her determination to fight on in the Presidential race.  Speaking by phone from Pennsylvania …
 
 
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Martin Peretz / The New Republic:
Standing By His Man  —  Why Obama was right in not repudiating his pastor.
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IPS Inter Press Service:
IRAQ: Fever Named After Blackwater
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
McCain's Iraq victory speech interrupted by reports of violence in Iraq
Discussion: CNN, Bloomberg and Open Left
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Fox & Frenemies  —  On the morning of Friday, March 21 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Washington Wire:
Cindy McCain Visits Kosovo
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Barack Obama For President
Discussion: Daily Kos
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
McCain on the Red Phone
Steven Emerson / Articles by the Investigative Project …:
Some CAIR Officials Convicted of Crimes, More Tied to Extremist Groups
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Aljean Harmetz / New York Times:
Richard Widmark, Actor, Dies at 93
Evan Smith / Poll Dancing:
The McKinnon and Dowd Show
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Marc Caputo / MiamiHerald.com:
Florida Legislature apologizes for slavery
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Holding McCain Accountable For Campaign Finance Violations
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Samantha Power Unapologetic About Iraq Remarks, Hints At Return
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Pastor Of Clinton's Former Church: Don't Use Wright To Polarize
Gateway Pundit:
Oops!... She Did It Again- Michelle Obama Bashes Ignorant America!
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What can and cannot be spoken on television