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8:20 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.
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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, Macsmind and PoliGazette
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Spin Cycle:
Rev. Wright's Italian Job (Hold the Garlic)
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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
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 …
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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
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 …
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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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 …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
McCain's Iraq victory speech interrupted by reports of violence in Iraq  —  While giving one of his standard “we're winning in Iraq...I don't care what you say” speeches today, Senator McCain was interrupted by MSNBC with some breaking news of violence from that country.
 
 
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Martin Peretz / The New Republic:
Standing By His Man  —  Why Obama was right in not repudiating his pastor.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
IPS Inter Press Service:
IRAQ: Fever Named After Blackwater
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
Aljean Harmetz / New York Times:
Richard Widmark, Actor, Dies at 93
 Earlier Items: 
Evan Smith / Poll Dancing:
The McKinnon and Dowd Show
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonkette
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
Mark Halperin / Time:
Exclusive: Clinton Vows to Push On