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10:10 AM ET, March 26, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
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” …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Time to Lose McPeak  —  I tell pretty much anyone who asks …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Wag the Blog: Clinton in Bosnia
Discussion: The Sleuth and Associated Press
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.
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.”
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
The Buzz on the Bus: Pinched, Press Steps Off  —  As Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama debated in Cleveland on a snowy evening in late February, 650 journalists descended on the city to follow every jab and parry, albeit on enormous televisions in two makeshift filing centers.
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.
Gallup Daily: Obama and Clinton Remain Nearly Tied
Discussion: protein wisdom and
McCain Asks When Hillary Clinton Will Apologize to Gen. Petraeus - Video  —  Here is Sen. John McCain on March 24, 2008 asking when Sen. Hillary Clinton will apologize to Gen. David Petraeus for her remarks last year ridiculing the idea that “The Surge” strategy in Iraq was working.
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.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Battles wrack Basra, threatening success of U.S. surge
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
Obama advisor: US Jews hinder peace  —  More trouble for presidential hopeful: Inquiry by conservative US media outlets reveals that Obama advisor Merrill ‘Tony’ McPeak is a longtime anti-Israel critic who slammed American Jews for acting against US interests
Paul Krugman:
Look and feel 15 years younger!  —  The latest report of the Social Security Trustees is out.  I think the key message is what has happened to the estimate of actuarial balance — the difference between projected outlays and projected revenues over the next 75 years.
Discussion: Angry Bear
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   IMMIGRATION AND SOCIAL SECURITY....Paul Krugman points …
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
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Wherefore, Gore?  Inconvenient Al Makes Party Wait  —  If He Gets in at All, His Part May Be Mr. Unity, After Last Primaries Done  —  Al Gore.  —  History may record that there were three distinct windows of opportunity for Al Gore to play a decisive role in this year's Democratic primary contest.
Suzanne Smalley / Newsweek:
Embellished Memory  —  Had Hillary come to believe her increasingly dramatic tale of facing sniper fire in Bosnia? … Is it possible that Hillary Clinton really thought she risked her life disembarking from a plane and running for cover “under sniper fire” at the heavily fortified U.S. Air Force base at Tuzla?
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Team Obama - Someone Buy 'Em A Subscription To Google
Discussion: Fact Checker and
James Romoser / Winston-Salem Journal# North …:
Route to Victory?  —  N.C. may be pivotal in race, analysts predict  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's dwindling chances to be president may hinge on what happens in North Carolina.  —  As she prepares to make her first campaign trip to the state on Thursday, including a stop in Winston-Salem …
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Washington Post:
The Reliable Source  —  A New Campaign Sign for Obama: ‘Gone Fishing’
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Are You For Obama Or The Family?
Peter Hoekstra / Wall Street Journal:
Islam and Free Speech
Discussion: snapped shot and Israpundit
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Taxes: Obamas prospered as he soared
Matt Welch / New York Times:
John McCain Wants You
Kathie Durbin / Columbian:
Cantwell supporting Clinton — for now
Mary Flood / Legal Trade:
Presidential pardons — the raw list
Discussion: At-Largely
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Hillary or Nobody?  —  While the cool cat's away, the Hillary mice will play.
 Earlier Items: 
Times of London:
Sarkozy threatens boycott of Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony
Discussion: Last of the Few
National Journal:
Catching Fire From All Sides
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Behind in the Ratings, CBS News Hopes for Help From a Debate
Discussion: Romenesko and Truthdig
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
‘Russia set on Mideast parley, whether Israel likes it or not’
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Clinton Camp Memo on Obama's “Embellished Words”
Chuck Norris /
Guns, God and Gays
Associated Press:
Chelsea Clinton Startled by Monica Query