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10:50 PM ET, March 27, 2008


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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 …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton, Obama predict eventual unity
Gallup:   Gallup Daily: Obama Now at 48% to Clinton 44%
Washington Wire:
Wright Controversy DoesnÂ't Hurt Obama, Poll Shows
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Attytood
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.
New York Times:
Thousands in Baghdad Protest Basra Assault  —  BAGHDAD — In direct confrontation with the American-backed government in Iraq, thousands of supporters of the powerful Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army militia took to the streets of Baghdad on Thursday to protest the Iraqi Army's assault …
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.
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
A victory for the blogosphere
Discussion: WVTM-TV and Crooks and Liars
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Court Orders Release of Ex-Governor From Prison
Discussion: TalkLeft and Facing South
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.
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 …
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.
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Lasting harm feared in Democrats' battle
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.)
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 …
Michael Sean Winters / America Magazine:
In All Things  —  Last Monday, the Democratic National Committee approved Puerto Rico's plan to change from a June 7 caucus to a June 1 primary.  After North Carolina and Indiana vote on May 6, Puerto Rico's 55 delegates will be the largest prize left.  —  News accounts and early analysis claim …
Marc Ambinder:   Obama Superdelegate Indicted
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
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 …
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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Obama would have left if Wright stayed
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Obama's Former Pastor Getting $1.6M Home in Retirement
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Senator calls for sweeping election overhaul
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McCain, Romney campaign together
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Wright's anger is part of the problem
Discussion: Hillary Is 44
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Enforcement First?  Not!  —  Rep. Heath Shuler, D-NC …
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