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11:40 AM ET, March 28, 2008

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Thomas Fitzgerald / Philly.com:
Bob Casey to endorse Obama, join bus tour  —  Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey plans to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president today in Pittsburgh, sending a message both to the state's primary voters and to undecided superdelegates who might decide the close race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
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Mike Allen / Ben Smith's Blogs:
BREAKING: Dean wants closure by July 1  —  A potential game-changer from CBS News and “The Early Show.”  Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean says he wants superdelegates to make a decision by JULY 1 — the most specific he has been in his effort to prod the party …
Erik Schelzig / Associated Press:
Gore thinks Dem nomination will be set before convention  —  MURFREESBORO - Former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday that he expects the Democratic nomination fight will “resolve itself” before the party's convention in late August.  —  Gore told The Associated Press that he sees no urgency in endorsing a presidential candidate.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Pennsylvania voters feeling ‘neglected’  —  PITTSBURGH - After envisioning Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama stumping from one end of the state to the other, dipping into diners and delis, all but taking up residence here in the run-up to the state's critical April 22 primary …
Discussion: The Page and PSoTD
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Dean: Bickering Democrats May Hurt Party
Discussion: Daily Kos
Erica Goode / New York Times:
U.S. Planes Attack Militia Strongholds in Basra Fighting  —  BAGHDAD —American military forces for the first time conducted air strikes on targets in Basra late Thursday, joining Iraqi security forces in trying to oust Shiite militias in the southern port city.
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James Hider / Times of London:
Iraqi police in Basra shed their uniforms, kept their rifles and switched sides  —  Abu Iman barely flinched when the Iraqi Government ordered his unit of special police to move against al-Mahdi Army fighters in Basra.  —  His response, while swift, was not what British and US military trainers …
Washington Post:
U.S. Armor Forces Join Offensive In Baghdad Against Sadr Militia
Mike Allen / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama now says he might have left church  —  In appearance taped for airing this morning on “The View,” Senator Obama makes news by saying he might have left Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ if the Rev. Jeremiah Wright had not retired.  —  In a clip posted by ABC, Obama says …
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Daniel / Crooked Timber:
Bad news from Basra  —  My assessment of the battle for Basra has changed significantly.  I still think that, in the subjunctive conditional tense, it was a reasonable piece of analysis - al-Maliki needed to do something[1] to start to establish his monopoly on violence within Iraq …
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CBS News:
U.S. Warplanes Bomb Militias In Basra
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Loans and Leadership  —  When George W. Bush first ran for the White House, political reporters assured us that he came across as a reasonable, moderate guy.  —  Yet those of us who looked at his policy proposals — big tax cuts for the rich and Social Security privatization — had a very different impression.
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Trail and Corrente
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton: Caucuses ‘Killing Us’  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis, Sarah Amos, and Talal Al-Khatib Report: While speaking by phone Thursday to his wife's Texas supporters, former President Bill Clinton downplayed the importance of caucuses and argued that his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. …
New York Sun:
Attorney General Gets Emotional In Calling for Surveillance Power  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney General Mukasey, in an emotional plea for broad surveillance authority in the war on terror, is warning that the price for failing to empower the government would be paid in American lives.
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonkette
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Ex-Governor of Alabama Is Ordered Released  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Donald Siegelman, former governor of Alabama, was ordered released from prison on Thursday by a federal appeals court, pending his appeal of a bribery conviction that Democrats say resulted from a politically driven prosecution.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Tested Over Time  —  Barack Obama says: “John McCain is determined to carry out four more years of George Bush's failed policies.”  Obama is a politician, so it's normal that he'd choose to repeat the lines that some of his followers want to hear.  But before people buy that argument, I'd ask them to read three speeches.
 
 
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Frank James / The Swamp:
McCain targets Obama in new general-election ad
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
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Shawn Pogatchnik / Associated Press:
Clinton's Belfast role draws criticism
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Getting Mrs. Clinton  —  I think we've reached a signal point in the campaign.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Obama Rewriting Rules for Raising Campaign Money Online
Discussion: The Mahablog
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
MCCAIN-ROMNEY?  —  It remains to be seen whether John McCain …
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Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
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Discussion: Gawker and TVNewser
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama thinks higher taxes are a good thing
Discussion: MSNBC and Hot Air
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
MoveOn responds to Pelosi letter
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
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NationalJournal.com:
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