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10:20 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.
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
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 …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Barack Obama For President
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Daily Kos
The Trail:
Clinton Donors Warn Pelosi on Superdelegates
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Wonkette
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.
Discussion: Donklephant and Poll Dancing
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: Balloon Juice and Donklephant
Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   U.S. airstrike in Iraq reportedly causes 60 casualties
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
McCain's Iraq victory speech interrupted by reports of violence in Iraq
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Moqtada al-Sadr orders Iraq PM out of Basra
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 …
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 …
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
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
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  —  ( - 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)
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.
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 …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORAL HAZARD....How important is the effect of moral hazard in the financial marketplace?
Discussion: Megan McArdle
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.
God-o-Meter:   Kmiec's Obama Endorsement: What He's Thinking
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
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.
Martin Peretz / The New Republic:
Standing By His Man  —  Why Obama was right in not repudiating his pastor.  —  The power of the preacher is an unmeasured force in American life.  Of course, now that it has become an issue in a political campaign, we are focusing on the one minister and the one candidate whose lives …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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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Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Fox & Frenemies  —  On the morning of Friday, March 21 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Washington Wire:
Cindy McCain Visits Kosovo
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
McCain on the Red Phone
Evan Smith / Poll Dancing:
The McKinnon and Dowd Show
Discussion: Wonkette and Think Progress
Marc Caputo /
Florida Legislature apologizes for slavery
Rasmussen Reports:
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Discussion: MyDD, Taylor Marsh and The Corner
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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
Discussion: Crooks and Liars