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1:35 AM ET, March 27, 2008


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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.
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Pastor Flap Hasn't Hurt Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The racially charged debate over Barack Obama's relationship with his longtime pastor hasn't much changed his close contest against Hillary Clinton, or hurt him against Republican nominee-in-waiting John McCain, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
22% of Democrats Want Clinton to Drop Out; 22% Say Obama Should Withdraw
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
In Letter, Top Clinton Donors Chastise Pelosi For Statements About Super-Delegates  —  Twenty top Hillary fundraisers and donors have sent a scathing private letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, chastising her for publicly saying that the super-delegates should support the winner …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
CLINTON TACTICS TURN OFF SOME SUPERDELEGATES  —  From NBC/NJ's Matthew E. Berger  —  At a time when Sen. Hillary Clinton is increasingly relying on superdelegates to vault her to the Democratic Party's nomination, a handful of undecided and pledged superdelegates are coming forward …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
The Trail:
Clinton Donors Warn Pelosi on Superdelegates
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Wonkette
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 …
Did Saddam pay for lawmakers' trip?
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Debbie Schlussel:
BREAKING - Feds Indict Former CAIR Michigan Chief/Current Muslim …
Discussion: A Blog For All
Niraj Warikoo / Detroit Free Press:
Former worker for Muslim charity in Southfield accused of being Hussein spy
Discussion: Articles by the …
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.”
Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   U.S. airstrike in Iraq reportedly causes 60 casualties
Jules Crittenden:
Blackwater Fever  —  It's new, it's so bad they named it after the hated American mercenaries, because it kills the innocent just like they do.  Slamming Blackwater is always fun and really adds some zing to this story suggesting that an Iraqi malaria epidemic is being kept secret.
IPS Inter Press Service:
IRAQ: Fever Named After Blackwater  —  By Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail*  —  Iraqi doctors in al-Anbar province warn of a new disease they call “Blackwater” that threatens the lives of thousands.  The disease is named after Blackwater Worldwide, the U.S. mercenary company operating in Iraq.
Discussion: The Impolitic
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
The Company Obama Keeps  —  Marc Ambinder wrote today of Obama's troubles with McPeak and Rev. Wright: … Fair enough.  But there comes a point when one looks at the people Obama has surrounded himself with and begins to wonder.  On Israel, Obama has no real track record …
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.
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 …
The Last Word on Obama's Character  —  I am convinced that Obama is pursuing a sort of liberal radical chic acceptance.  That this half-black Harvard grad has gone all Patty Hearst on us.  That he deliberately chose the most distressed blackfolks in his ambit to align himself …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Obama's Pastor Slurs Italians in Latest Magazine  —  ( - 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.
Spin Cycle:
Rev. Wright's Italian Job (Hold the Garlic)
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.
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.
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Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Judicial Watch: Obama ‘intended to leave no paper trail’
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
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Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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Discussion: Crooks and Liars