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10:35 AM ET, March 27, 2008

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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.
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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.
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
GOP Looks to ‘McCain Democrats’  —  A new analysis of March polling data suggests that John McCain's cross-party support surpasses that of either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.  —  According to data provided by the Gallup Organization at Politico's request, in a hypothetical contest between McCain …
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.
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WCBS-TV:
Bloomberg, Obama Meeting Fuels Endorsement Rumors  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― Mayor Michael Bloomberg will stand side by side with Democratic presidential hopeful Sen Barack Obama for the second time in four months Thursday.  Bloomberg will introduce the Illinois senator at a speech on the economy at Cooper Union College.
Discussion: Political Machine
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Outlines Foreign Policy
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.
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The Politico:
Welcome to the age of the sound blast
Discussion: The Other McCain
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: The Sundries Shack and Donklephant
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Obama, Clinton — and Echoes of Nader?  —  Yes, Hillary Rodham Clinton may still have a chance of winning the Democratic nomination.  But it's probably smaller than the chance that a continued slugfest will hand the White House to John McCain.  —  Consider what it would take for Senator Clinton to win.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Obsidian Wings
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Early Dazzle, Then Tough Path for a Governor
Discussion: American Spectator
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Obama Warms to Wrapping Up Contest
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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 …
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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Report Assails Auditor for Work at Failed Home Lender  —  In a sweeping accusation against one of the country's largest accounting firms, an investigator released a report on Wednesday that said “improper and imprudent practices” by a once high-flying mortgage company were condoned and enabled by its auditors.
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Uses History as Pennsylvania Guide  —  In Pennsylvania, it's still the economy, stupid, or so Hillary Clinton hopes.  —  Sen. Clinton, looking for a big win in the April 22 primary, is adopting a battle plan reminiscent of the one James Carville and Paul Begala used …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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.
 
 
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Joe Klein / Time:
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Phila. Democrats might not endorse Clinton or Obama
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This Is London:
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Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Pennsylvania's Superdelegates Measure Clinton, Obama
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Inside Higher Ed:
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Martin Peretz / The New Republic:
Standing By His Man  —  Why Obama was right in not repudiating his pastor.