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1:35 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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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 …
Brianinmo / BLOGS FOR JOHN McCAIN:
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.
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 …
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.
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
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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 …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:   IT'S NOT ABOUT POINTS.  —  James Fallows is a bit agog …
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.
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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 …
Ben / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: Media Matters, Huff Post, Daily Kos ‘are fascists’ and anti-American  —  Last night on his Fox News program, Bill O'Reilly said that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) “doesn't have anything to do” with progressive blogs because he can't “control the kind of filth” they produce.
Gateway Pundit:
Oops!... She Did It Again- Michelle Obama Bashes Ignorant America!  (Video)  —  “It's easier to hold on to your own stereotypes and misconceptions, it makes you feel justified in your own ignorance...That's AMERICA” … Oops!... She did it again!  —  Michelle Obama bashes America:
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 …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Prairie Weather
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 …
Megan McArdle:
Anger management  —  Once more into the breach, and then I will go back to more pleasant topics, like how we know how many people have died in Iraq (answer: we don't.  But that's a long story.)  —  Obviously, I have a temper.  I am slow to anger, but once roused, I as well as anyone …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
 
 
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Chicago Tribune:
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Holding McCain Accountable For Campaign Finance Violations
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Seminal
Michele Reaves / Syracuse Post-Standard:
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Samantha Power Unapologetic About Iraq Remarks, Hints At Return
Alan Zibel / Associated Press:
FDIC Plans for Rise In Bank Failures
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
What Does Bush Mean by “Victory in Iraq”?
Think Progress:
Text of McCain's speech to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Michael Ledeen / The Corner:
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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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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:
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
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Jarheads  —  In light of Tuzla-gate (catchy, no?) …