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9:00 AM ET, March 27, 2008


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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
New NBC-WSJ poll  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  As expected, one of the two major Democratic candidates saw a downturn in the latest NBC/WSJ poll, but it's not the candidate that you think.  Hillary Clinton is sporting the lowest personal ratings of the campaign.
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Pastor Flap Hasn't Hurt Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The racially charged debate over Barack Obama's relationship with his longtime pastor hasn't much changed his close contest against Hillary Clinton, or hurt him against Republican nominee-in-waiting John McCain, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Fox News:
Clinton Insists Dems Race Is a ‘Long Way’ From Over, Looks Toward Convention  —  The Democratic race is a “long way from being over,” Hillary Clinton told FOX News on Wednesday, and she has no qualms about taking the primary fight all the way to the convention floor.
Debbie Schlussel:
BREAKING - Feds Indict Former CAIR Michigan Chief/Current Muslim …
Discussion: Power Line and A Blog For All
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
In Letter, Top Clinton Donors Chastise Pelosi For Statements About Super-Delegates  —  Twenty top Hillary fundraisers and donors have sent a scathing private letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, chastising her for publicly saying that the super-delegates should support the winner …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
CLINTON TACTICS TURN OFF SOME SUPERDELEGATES  —  From NBC/NJ's Matthew E. Berger  —  At a time when Sen. Hillary Clinton is increasingly relying on superdelegates to vault her to the Democratic Party's nomination, a handful of undecided and pledged superdelegates are coming forward …
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.”
Patrick Cockburn / The Independent:
Iraq implodes as Shia fights Shia
Discussion: Donklephant
Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   U.S. airstrike in Iraq reportedly causes 60 casualties
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Finding Political News Online, the Young Pass It On  —  Senator Barack Obama's videotaped response to President Bush's final State of the Union address — almost five minutes of Mr. Obama talking directly to the camera — elicited little attention from newspaper and television reporters in January.
The Politico:
Welcome to the age of the sound blast  —  If 1960 was the year that TV displaced radio as the main platform for political persuasion, then the 2008 primary fight between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton may go down in history as the moment when the Internet ended the dominance of television.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Jules Crittenden:
Blackwater Fever  —  It's new, it's so bad they named it after the hated American mercenaries, because it kills the innocent just like they do.  Slamming Blackwater is always fun and really adds some zing to this story suggesting that an Iraqi malaria epidemic is being kept secret.
IPS Inter Press Service:
IRAQ: Fever Named After Blackwater
Discussion: The Impolitic
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Public Believes Americans Have Right to Own Guns  —  Nearly three in four say Second Amendment guarantees this right  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A solid majority of the U.S. public, 73%, believes the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the rights of Americans to own guns.
Discussion: Convictions
Martin Peretz / The New Republic:
Standing By His Man  —  Why Obama was right in not repudiating his pastor.  —  The power of the preacher is an unmeasured force in American life.  Of course, now that it has become an issue in a political campaign, we are focusing on the one minister and the one candidate whose lives …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
The Company Obama Keeps
Discussion: Soccer Dad and Commentary
Washington Post:
Further Debunking the ‘War Zone’ Myth  —  The Clinton campaign has cited newspaper accounts, including one in The Washington Post, to bolster the senator's claim that her now-famous March 1996 trip to Bosnia was the first visit to a “war zone” by a first lady since World War II.
This Is London:
MARRIAGE HITS LOWEST RATE SINCE RECORDS BEGAN ALMOST 150 YEARS AGO  —  The number of Britons tying the knot has collapsed to a record low, it has emerged.  —  The proportion of men and women getting married is below any level found since figures were first kept nearly 150 years ago.
Duncan Currie / Weekly Standard:
Family Ties  —  Any serious discussion of race must address out-of-wedlock births.  —  SAY THIS FOR Barack Obama's big speech: It is still being analyzed this week, and it will be analyzed more in the weeks and months ahead.  Senator Obama went beyond the controversy over his former pastor …
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Supplier Under Scrutiny on Aging Arms for Afghans  —  Since 2006, when the insurgency in Afghanistan sharply intensified, the Afghan government has been dependent on American logistics and military support in the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.  —  But to arm the Afghan forces …
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U.S. Steps Up Unilateral Strikes in Pakistan
Discussion: Hot Air
Marcia Gelbart /
Phila. Democrats might not endorse Clinton or Obama
Discussion: Washington Post and The Caucus
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
GOP Looks to ‘McCain Democrats’
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Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Pennsylvania's Superdelegates Measure Clinton, Obama
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Ian Black / Guardian:
UN to try Lebanon PM's killers
Discussion: abu muqawama
Frank Newport / Gallup:
If McCain vs. Obama, 28% of Clinton Backers Go for McCain
Jeff Karoub / Associated Press:
Federal judge in Detroit strikes down state primary records law
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Report Assails Auditor for Work at Failed Home Lender
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Seriously, how do you flip from Romney to Obama?
Discussion: God-o-Meter
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
BREAKING: Condi Rice Flirts With VP Possibility …