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5:00 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 …
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 …
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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James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. Times to investigate validity of documents in Tupac report  —  The Smoking Gun website reports that the records the paper used to uncover new details in the rapper's murder were largely fabricated.  An internal investigation will be launched.  —  Los Angeles Times Editor Russ Stanton …
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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John Holusha / New York Times:
U.S. Has ‘Moral Responsibility’ in Iraq, McCain Says
Discussion: Reuters and PunditGuy
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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David Stout / New York Times:
Paulson Calls for More Oversight of Investment Banks
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.
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 …
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.
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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 and Don Surber
James Fallows:
This is disgusting (Clintons, McPeak, American Spectator)  —  Watching from 12 time zones away, I've tried to stay out of campaign blow-by-blow.  —  But if, as I assume is true based on Marc Ambinder's report, the Hillary Clinton campaign is circulating a hit job from the American Spectator, this is simply disgusting.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Michelle Obama: America the Ignorant  —  Jim Hoft links to this speech from January of this year by Michelle Obama to students at the University of South Carolina, presumably just before their primary.  It shows how Mrs. Obama can utter some truth but put it in such a tone-deaf manner …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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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.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard Blog
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Samantha Power Unapologetic About Iraq Remarks, Hints At Return  —  Former Obama aide Samantha Power may be repentant for calling Sen. Hillary Clinton a political monster, but on the other issue that marked her resignation, she is not conceding an inch.  —  Speaking at the Columbia University School …
God-o-Meter:
Kmiec's Obama Endorsement: What He's Thinking  —  God-o-Meter called legal scholar Douglas Kmiec, former counsel to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush, conservative Catholic, and, until recently, an advisor to Mitt Romney, to discuss his endorsement of Barack Obama.  Here's the exchange:
Discussion: StephenBainbridge.com
 
 
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Ali Eteraz / The Huffington Post:
Obama is Nietzschean  —  For many years, the United States …
Discussion: Commentary and God-o-Meter
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain offers straight talk on money deficit
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Barack Obama For President
Discussion: Daily Kos
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Moqtada al-Sadr orders Iraq PM out of Basra
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
BREAKING: Condi Rice Flirts With VP Possibility …
Discussion: Think Progress
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
In Letter, Top Clinton Donors Chastise Pelosi For Statements About Super-Delegates
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
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Some Obama fabulism as well?
Rasmussen Reports:
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Discussion: The Corner
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Stingy senators stiff GOP
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What can and cannot be spoken on television
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
It Takes A Pillage  —  Jeremiah Wright is now the moral equivalent of David Duke?
Neal Gabler / New York Times:
The Maverick and the Media