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1:10 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.
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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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Pastor Of Clinton's Former Church: Don't Use Wright To Polarize  —  On Tuesday, Sen. Hillary Clinton re-stoked the flames of the controversy surrounding Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor, saying she would have long ago distanced herself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright if she had attended his church.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Time to Lose McPeak  —  I tell pretty much anyone who asks …
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.
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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Michael Ledeen / The Corner:
Heroes Of Our Day.  Of Our Time, Really  —  Today is National Medal of Honor Day.  In a letter to his local newspaper, Medal of Honor holder Michael Thornton reminds us of the qualities of such men: … Every one of these men is amazing, and we spend too little time thinking about their stories …
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
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Hijabs at a Harvard Gym  —  It's a measure of America's multicultural journey over the past half-century that we've gone from “God and Man at Yale” to Allah and Woman at Harvard.  —  In a contretemps scarcely imaginable in William F. Buckley's day, Harvard has closed one of its gyms to men …
 
 
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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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Gateway Pundit:
Oops!... She Did It Again- Michelle Obama Bashes Ignorant America!
Tony Blankley / Real Clear Politics:
More Than Bluebirds in the Sky  —  From a popular English World War II song:
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Obama's Hollow Doctrine
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
In Texas, the Obama campaign tries to win over Clinton's county …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
IT'S NOT ABOUT POINTS.  —  James Fallows is a bit agog …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Why The Obama/Clinton Rules Led Us To This Rough Campaign
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Foreign Courts Wary of U.S. Punitive Damages
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Wright and Israel  —  This Trinity United Church of Christ newsletter …
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
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Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Jarheads  —  In light of Tuzla-gate (catchy, no?) …