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12:50 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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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 …
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 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What can and cannot be spoken on television  —  I'm going to re-post the segment I posted yesterday, from Charlie Rose's fifth anniversary Iraq show, because I want to encourage as many people as possible to watch it.  If I could recommend one article or segment for Americans to read …
New York Times:
Iraqi Crackdown on Shiite Forces Sets Off Fighting  —  BAGHDAD — Heavy fighting broke out Tuesday in two of Iraq's largest cities, as Iraqi ground forces and helicopters mounted a huge operation to break the grip of the Shiite militias controlling Basra, and Iraqi forces clashed with militias in Baghdad.
David Axe / Danger Room:
Brits Bail, Basra Burns (Updated)
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:   IT'S NOT ABOUT POINTS.  —  James Fallows is a bit agog …
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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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 …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
It Takes A Pillage  —  Jeremiah Wright is now the moral equivalent of David Duke?  The latest Clintonite ratchets up the Wright issue still further.  However dim a view you take of some of Wright's rhetorical excesses, and I'm not defending them, to compare a man whose church has such a long history …
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Matt Welch / New York Times:
John McCain Wants You  —  BEHIND any successful politician lies a usable contradiction, and John McCain's is this: We love him (and occasionally hate him) for his stubborn individualism, yet his politics are best understood as a decade-long attack on the individual.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Half-Baked  —  The latest in global-warming denialism.  —  Republicans are no longer denying the scientific basis for global warming.  That's good news for those of us who have grown accustomed to the continued existence of things like polar sea ice, various forms of life, and Miami.
Discussion: The Corner
 
 
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
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Think Progress:
Text of McCain's speech to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Pastor Of Clinton's Former Church: Don't Use Wright To Polarize
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In Texas, the Obama campaign tries to win over Clinton's county …
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
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Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Wright and Israel  —  This Trinity United Church of Christ newsletter …
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Jarheads  —  In light of Tuzla-gate (catchy, no?) …