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11:45 AM 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.
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 …
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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 …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Time to Lose McPeak  —  I tell pretty much anyone who asks these days that we're in the phase of the campaign I don't find especially interesting.  Here, for example, are some things that got a lot of play recently which I don't care much about (and which I don't think have substantive implications …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and James Fallows
Neal Gabler / New York Times:
The Maverick and the Media  —  Amagansett, N.Y.  —  IT is certainly no secret that Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is a darling of the news media.  Reporters routinely attach “maverick,” “straight talker” and “patriot” to him like Homeric epithets.
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Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Just How Did John McCain Obtain What He Has in the Bank with the Press?  —  “Maybe 'Iran is training Al Qaeda 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.”
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Reuters:
Chavez says U.S. relations could worsen with McCain
Discussion: BLOGS FOR JOHN McCAIN
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Chavez: Anyone but McCain
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Maliki, Sadr, and the Wages of Sin  —  Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki is giving powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's forces three days to surrender in Basra, as clashes between Maliki's security forces and Sadr's Mahdi Army—in which the U.S. intervenes on Maliki's side—escalate.
The Politico:
Southern Dem warns party to avert disaster  —  Democrats are increasingly nervous about their party's protracted nomination fight, and some prominent figures are publicly warning that the party needs to act fast to avoid disaster.  —  Chief among these voices is Phil Bredesen …
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 …
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” …
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Michelle Malkin:
Tuzla and truth deprivation
Discussion: The Sleuth and Washington Post
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
IT'S NOT ABOUT POINTS.  —  James Fallows is a bit agog that the Clinton team would disseminate articles from The American Spectator — the same Spectator that spent the 90s conducting a fact-free witch hunt against the Clintons — to harm Obama.  In contrast, I'm much more surprised to see Clinton make a frontal attack on Wright.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Hillary or Nobody?  —  While the cool cat's away, the Hillary mice will play.  —  As Barack Obama was floating in the pool with his daughters the last few days in St. Thomas, some Clinton disciples were floating the idea of St. Hillary as his vice president.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Why The Obama/Clinton Rules Led Us To This Rough Campaign  —  When the Media and the Left blogs deplore the negativity of the Democratic presidential campaign, especially from the Clinton campaign, they ignore that they are a major reason why it has happened.  Why?
 
 
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Court Hears Arguments on Americans Held in Iraq
Discussion: The Corner and TPMMuckraker
Tony Blankley / Real Clear Politics:
More Than Bluebirds in the Sky  —  From a popular English World War II song:
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
Obama's Hollow Doctrine
John H. Taylor / The New Nixon Blog:
Wrong Again, Sen. Clinton. It Was Pat Nixon.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
In Texas, the Obama campaign tries to win over Clinton's county …
Discussion: Redstate
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Obamas' Tax Returns Show Donation Spike
Discussion: The Politico and TaxProf Blog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
It Takes A Pillage  —  Jeremiah Wright is now the moral equivalent of David Duke?
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Foreign Courts Wary of U.S. Punitive Damages
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Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Wright and Israel  —  This Trinity United Church of Christ newsletter …
Discussion: RIGHTWINGSPARKLE
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Be It Ever So Illogical: Homeowners Who Won't Cut the Price
Washington Post:
The Reliable Source  —  A New Campaign Sign for Obama: ‘Gone Fishing’
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Wherefore, Gore? Inconvenient Al Makes Party Wait
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Half-Baked  —  The latest in global-warming denialism.
Discussion: The Corner
Matt Welch / New York Times:
John McCain Wants You
Mary Flood / Legal Trade:
Presidential pardons — the raw list
Discussion: At-Largely
Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
Obama advisor: US Jews hinder peace