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9:30 PM ET, March 27, 2008

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CNN:
Clinton tells Democrats: Don't vote for McCain  —  FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (CNN) - Hillary Clinton pleaded for partisan unity on Thursday, urging Democrats not to abandon their party to vote for John McCain if their preferred candidate fails to secure the nomination.
Southern Political Report:
New InsiderAdvantage Poll  —  Obama Leads Big In North Carolina  —  Hillary Clinton desperately needs to claim more white votes if she is to win a desperately needed primary by taking the Democratic presidential contest in North Carolina May 6.  —  But with five weeks to go …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Democratic Groups Most at Risk of Deserting  —  Independents, conservatives likeliest to vote for McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Democrats are at most risk of losing the support of independents, conservative Democrats, and, among Hillary Clinton supporters, less well-educated Democrats …
Gallup:   Gallup Daily: Obama Now at 48% to Clinton 44%
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton, Obama predict eventual unity
Amanda / Think Progress:
EXCLUSIVE: McCain's Foreign Affairs Speech Plagiarizes 1996 Address By Adm. Timothy Ziemer (UPDATED)  —  EXCLUSIVE: McCain's Foreign Affairs Speech 1996 Address By Adm. Timothy Ziemer (UPDATED) … Yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gave a foreign policy speech to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
al.com:
Siegelman to be released from prison, Scrushy must stay in  —  MONTGOMERY — A federal appellate court today ordered former Gov. Don Siegelman released from prison while he appeals his 2006 conviction, but denied co-defendant Richard Scrushy's request to be released.
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Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Court Orders Release of Ex-Governor From Prison  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The former governor of Alabama, Don Siegelman, was ordered Thursday to be released from prison on bond by a federal appeals court, pending his broader appeal in a bribery conviction last June.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Facing South
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
A victory for the blogosphere
Discussion: WVTM-TV and Crooks and Liars
The Raw Story:
BREAKING: EX-ALABAMA GOV. TO BE FREED ON BOND
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
CNN:
Analysis: Al-Sadr in trouble, Iraq headed for meltdown  —  (CNN) — The fighting among Shiite militias and government troops in Basra is a glimpse of Iraq's future, and pivotal cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is in deep trouble, according to two CNN correspondents and a CNN military analyst.
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Lindsay Renick Mayer / Capital Eye:
Democratic Donors Send $24 Million Letter to Pelosi  —  Major fundraisers, who support Hillary Clinton, urge the Speaker of the House not to meddle with superdelegate votes—and millions of dollars are behind their message.  —  Prominent backers of Hillary Clinton sent a multi-million-dollar message …
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Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Donors Circulate Florida/Michigan Petition  —  A member of Hillary Clinton's national finance team has started to circulate an online petititon that urges the Democratic National Committee to recognize the delegations from Michigan and Florida or else promise to hold new elections.
Discussion: Open Left, Taylor Marsh and Daily Kos
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Senator calls for sweeping election overhaul
Discussion: Political Machine and The Page
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Hillary vows: We're going all the way to the convention; Update: Hillary questions the legitimacy of Obama's nomination  —  Good lord.  Even I find her ruthlessness here creepy, and I'm pulling for her.  I'm giving you the second clip mostly for the smug look on her face after she delivers her bone-chilling …
Discussion: RIGHTWINGSPARKLE
Michelle Malkin:
Fitna has arrived; Update: “Restraint?”  We'll see; Plus: A case of mistaken identity  —  Scroll down for updates...  Readers are sending the Liveleak English version of Geert Wilders' Fitna, which has just been posted.  (Be patient, may be a little slow to load.)
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John Eskow / The Huffington Post:
Obama Fathers Two-Headed Gay Terrorist Baby: The National Enquirer-ization of American Politics  —  As campaign politics in America lurches, zombie-like, deeper and deeper into the muck, with Hillary Clinton desperately flogging the Reverend Wright “scandal” in all its idiotic glory …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Superdelegate Indicted  —  To Puerto Ricans, he's known as their governor — Aníbal Acevedo Vilá.  He has a history of friction with the Clinton family, and a few weeks ago, he endorsed Barack Obama.  —  The indictment, on charges relating to his gubernatorial campaign financing …
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Mike Allen / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama talks cap-gains rate with CNBC  —  In an interview in conjunction with his big economic speech in New York, Senator Obama tells CNBC's Maria Bartiromo he favors increasing the capital-gains tax rate.  —  Bartiromo reported after her interview: “Right now, as you know, the cap gains tax is at 15 percent.
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: MYTH BUSTER  —  From Chuck Todd and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Myth buster: Pollster Peter Hart calls the NBC/WSJ poll a “myth buster” survey; it really breaks down a lot of the myths we've been hearing over the last week like: (1) that the Wright controversy was the beginning …
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New York Times:
Obama on ‘Renewing the American Economy’  —  Following is the transcript of Barack Obama's economic speech at Cooper Union in New York, as provided by CQ Transcriptions Inc.  —  Thank you so much for being here.  —  Let me begin by thanking Dr. Drucker and Cooper Union for hosting us here today.
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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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Matthew Yglesias:   The Wages of Corruption  —  C.J. Chivers has a crackerjack piece …
Ben / Think Progress:
Krauthammer: McCain Has ‘Hidden Agenda’ To ‘Kill The United Nations’  —  Yesterday in an foreign policy address in Los Angeles, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called for the United States to create and lead a “League of Democracies” in order to “harness the vast influence of the more than one hundred …
 
 
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Gene Lyons / NWAnews.com:
Wright's anger is part of the problem
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Enforcement First?  Not!  —  Rep. Heath Shuler, D-NC …
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Obama: No fan of retirement saving
Discussion: TaxProf Blog
Emilie Lounsberry / Philly.com:
No death for Mumia Abu-Jamal — at least for now