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12:05 PM ET, March 27, 2008


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New York Post:
IT'S THE BLOOMY-'BAMA SHOW  —  Mayor Bloomberg made a surprise announcement last night that he will introduce Barack Obama when the Illinois senator makes a campaign speech today at Cooper Union.  —  The mayor's office took the highly unusual step of releasing information about the event late last night.
Marc Ambinder:
Obama: Bloomberg Is “Extraordinary”  —  Here's the first paragraph from Barack Obama's speech this a.m. in New York: … The First Read gang is all a-buzz at the Obama-Needs-A-Jew-On-The-Ticket- Angle, but I think the best way to look at an Obama-Bloomberg ticket is by noticing their complimentary traits.
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Obama Warms to Wrapping Up Contest
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Obama offers plan for economic woes
Discussion: Donklephant
Bloomberg, Obama Meeting Fuels Endorsement Rumors
Discussion: Political Machine
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Obama, Clinton — and Echoes of Nader?
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Obsidian Wings
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Early Dazzle, Then Tough Path for a Governor
Discussion: Wonkette and American Spectator
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
NBC-WSJ POLL: NEW CLINTON LOWS  —  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.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Spin Cycle and marbury
Steve Benen / Crooks and Liars:
No apparent ‘Wright effect’ in new NBC/WSJ poll
Discussion: BlondeSense
Patrick Cockburn / The Independent:
Iraq implodes as Shia fights Shia  —  Another tragedy as the Shia majority turn on each other  —  A new civil war is threatening to explode in Iraq as American-backed Iraqi government forces fight Shia militiamen for control of Basra and parts of Baghdad.  —  Heavy fighting engulfed Iraq's …
Discussion: Donklephant and The Sundries Shack
Al Pessin / Voice of America:
Pentagon Calls Iraq Fighting Good Sign, Analysts Not Convinced
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Clinton backers warn Pelosi on superdelegate rift  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of prominent Hillary Clinton donors sent a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday asking her to retract her comments on superdelegates and stay out of the Democratic fight over their role in the presidential race.
Marcia Gelbart /
Phila. Democrats might not endorse Clinton or Obama
Discussion: MSNBC
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Clinton Donors Warn on Superdelegate Fight
Discussion: Commentary and The Page
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 …
John Shiffman /
PR governor, four Philadelphians charged  —  Puerto Rico's governor and four Philadelphians, including prominent fund-raiser Robert M. Feldman, were charged this morning in San Juan with federal campaign-finance related crimes.  —  The investigation of Gov. Anibal Acevedo-Vila …
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
McCain, in Foreign Policy Talk, Turns His Back on Unilateralism  —  LOS ANGELES—In a wide-ranging speech on foreign policy, Senator John McCain sought Wednesday to distance himself from the unilateralism that has been a hallmark of the Bush administration, saying Americans must …
Discussion: Wonk Room
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.
Salt Lake Tribune:
McCain makes stop in SLC today  —  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain will make an invitation-only fundraising stop in Salt Lake City at the Grand America Hotel today.  —  Former presidential contender Mitt Romney will accompany McCain to the $1,000-a-person event …
Discussion: The Page and Hotline On Call
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.
Joe Klein / Time:
Silly Season  —  Unlike Barack Obama, Bill Clinton does not believe in “the fierce urgency of now.”  The former President has an exquisitely languid sense of how political time unfurls.  He understands that those moments the political community, especially the media, considers urgent usually aren't.
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Equity Loans as Next Round in Credit Crisis  —  Little by little, millions of Americans surrendered equity in their homes in recent years.  Lulled by good times, they borrowed — sometimes heavily — against the roofs over their heads.  —  Now the bill is coming due.
New York Post:
AND THERE HE HO'S AGAIN  —  ‘WICKED’ SPITZER LINKED TO BUSTY BUSTED MADAM'S BIZ  —  Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been identified as a long-standing client of a second high-priced call-girl ring, The Post has learned.  —  The ex-governor regularly patronized Wicked Models …
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
U.S. Says Hussein Spy Agency and Iraqi-American Arranged '02 Trip by Lawmakers  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Wednesday that Saddam Hussein's principal foreign intelligence agency and an Iraqi-American man had organized and paid for a 2002 visit to Iraq by three House Democrats whose trip …
Discussion: On Deadline and ThreatsWatch
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bob Barr thinking ‘very serious’ thoughts about a presidential race, Iraq, and torture  —  On an Internet site called Anti-War Radio, former Georgia congressman Bob Barr confirmed on Wednesday that he's “very seriously” looking at joining the race for the White House as a Libertarian …
Discussion: The Trail and Reason Magazine
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
L.A. Times Apologizes for Rapper Story
Michael Barone / US News:
Polls Show Obama Damaged by Reverend Wright
James Shea /
Shuler: McCain blocked immigration bill
Steven Emerson / Articles by the Investigative Project …:
CAIR Remains Apologist for Terrorist Hamas, Seeks To Silence Critics
Candidates' Economic Plans Don't Add Up
Discussion: Think Progress
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Come west, young man
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
President Bush: Iraq violence is a ‘positive moment’
Washington Post:
U.S. Steps Up Unilateral Strikes in Pakistan
This Is London:
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
GOP Looks to ‘McCain Democrats’
Washington Post:
Further Debunking the ‘War Zone’ Myth
Duncan Currie / Weekly Standard:
Family Ties  —  Any serious discussion of race must address out-of-wedlock births.