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1:25 PM 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
Mike Allen / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama gets a Keystone break
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THE PITIFUL AL MALIKI  —  As you've probably heard, our local boss in Iraq, Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki, sternly set forth a 72 hour deadline for members of the Mahdi Army to surrender their weapons or his government forces would take them by force, attack, whatever.
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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.
James Hider / Times of London:
Iraqi police in Basra shed their uniforms, kept their rifles and switched sides
Nicholas Kralev / Washington Times:
Rice hits U.S. ‘birth defect’  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that the United States still has trouble dealing with race because of a national “birth defect” that denied black Americans the opportunities given to whites at the country's very founding.
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Ben / Think Progress:
Rice Concedes She Didn't Think Iraq 'Would Be This Tough …
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Claude Salhani / Middle East Times:
Rice: ‘Iraq was harder than I thought’
Greg Risling / Associated Press:
Woman Says TSA Forced Piercings Removal  —  Traveler Says TSA Forced Her to Remove Nipple Piercings at Texas Airport  —  Mandi Hamlin, right, who claims a Transportation Security Administration agent forced her to remove a nipple ring with pliers in order to board an airplane demonstrates …
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Woman forced to rip out nipple ring
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Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
GIULIANI WEIGHING ‘SPECIAL’ RUN FOR GOV  —  In the latest twist in New York politics, Rudy Giuliani is eyeing a run for governor in a special election this fall should Gov. Paterson be forced to resign, sources say.  —  A top adviser to the former mayor, who pulled the plug on his presidential bid …
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.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Getting Mrs. Clinton  —  I think we've reached a signal point in the campaign.  This is the point where, with Hillary Clinton, either you get it or you don't.  There's no dodging now.  You either understand the problem with her candidacy, or you don't.  You either understand who she is, or not.
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 …
Frank James / The Swamp:
McCain targets Obama in new general-election ad  —  Why wait to start the general-election campaign until the Democrats have their presidential nominee sorted out?  An aggressive campaign like Sen. John McCain's might as well start it now.  —  That's the message coming from McCain, winner of the Republican presidential primaries.
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Obama-Backing Senator Calls for Clinton to Drop Out  —  Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vermont, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a high-profile supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has called for Obama's opponent to drop out of the race.  —  In an interview on Vermont Public Radio …
 
 
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