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7:35 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 …
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 …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Barack Obama For President
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: MSNBC and Hot Air
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.”
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CNN:
Iraqi forces battle militia fighters
Discussion: Bloomberg
Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   U.S. airstrike in Iraq reportedly causes 60 casualties
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
McCain's Iraq victory speech interrupted by reports of violence in Iraq
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
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.
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Spin Cycle:
Rev. Wright's Italian Job (Hold the Garlic)
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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.
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 …
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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
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.
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: Liberty Street, Don Surber and TalkLeft
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What can and cannot be spoken on television  —  (updated below)  —  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 …
 
 
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Paul Bedard / US News:
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Cindy McCain Visits Kosovo
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain offers straight talk on money deficit
Discussion: MyDD
God-o-Meter:
Kmiec's Obama Endorsement: What He's Thinking
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: Wonkette and Think Progress
Marc Caputo / MiamiHerald.com:
Florida Legislature apologizes for slavery
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Some Obama fabulism as well?
Discussion: Classical Values
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Missouri Presidential Election
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Stingy senators stiff GOP
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Samantha Power Unapologetic About Iraq Remarks, Hints At Return
Gateway Pundit:
Oops!... She Did It Again- Michelle Obama Bashes Ignorant America!
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
It Takes A Pillage  —  Jeremiah Wright is now the moral equivalent of David Duke?