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5:15 PM ET, March 28, 2008


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Thomas Fitzgerald /
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.
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 …
Bob Kinzel / Vermont Public Radio News:
Leahy says Clinton should drop out of race  —  (Host) Will a protracted battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination hurt the Party's chances of winning the November election?  —  Senator Patrick Leahy, who supports Obama, says the answer is yes …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
The Casey Endorsement  —  In a surprise move, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has endorsed Senator Barack Obama in advance of the April 22 Democratic primary.  Mr. Casey had said he would remain neutral in the race in part because he wanted to help broker a reconciliation between Mr. Obama …
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Casey snubs Clinton, family feud continues  —  PITTSBURGH — Senator Bob Casey, a champion of the working-class Catholic voters at the core of Hillary Clinton's Pennsylvania coalition, bypassed Clinton to endorse Barack Obama today, the latest swipe between two warring dynasties whose battles …
Discussion: The Fix and Spin Cycle
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Vice President Casey?  —  Three more quick thoughts about Casey:  —  1.)  Is it just me, or are there crazier vice presidential picks than Bob Casey?  He may not be a star in the Senate, as Eve points out.  But he's popular with the people Obama is weakest among, and who …
Mike Allen / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama gets a Keystone break
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Todd: Hillary has made the right call
Discussion: MyDD
Dean: Obama, Clinton camps told to cool rhetoric
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Pennsylvania voters feeling ‘neglected’
Discussion: The Page
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
McCain Ad: Cue the Ugly “American” Campaign  —  The American president Americans have been waiting for!  —  That's the tag line on John McCain's new ad, which features a film clip of McCain as a captured POW and a baritone-voice narrator asking, “What must a president believe about us, about America?”
Discussion: American Power and Hold Fast
Erik Schelzig / Associated Press:   Gore thinks Dem nomination will be set before convention
Gallup Daily: Obama Back Into Lead in Democratic Race  —  McCain enjoys advantage in general election trial heat  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Today's Gallup Poll Daily tracking update finds Barack Obama with an eight percentage point advantage over Hillary Clinton (50% to 42%) …
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Mahdi Army Stands Firm in its Basra Neighborhoods; Demonstrations in Baghdad against al-Maliki  —  Mahdi Army Stands Firm in its Basra Neighborhoods;  —  Demonstrations in Baghdad against al-Maliki  —  People are asking me the significance of the fighting going on in Basra and elsewhere.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
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 …
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Mother of All Cultural Battles
Discussion: Human Events and
The Campaign Spot:
Liveblogging Obama on the View
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.
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Obama v. Krugman
Associated Press:
Bush aide resigns  —  White House cites improper use of grant money  —  WASHINGTON - An aide to President Bush has resigned because of his alleged misuse of grant money from the U.S. Agency for International Development when he worked for a Cuban democracy organization.
Fox News:
FBI Focusing on ‘About Four’ Suspects in 2001 Anthrax Attacks  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI has narrowed its focus to “about four” suspects in the 6 1/2-year investigation of the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001, and at least three of those suspects are linked to the Army's bioweapons research facility …
Michelle Malkin:
The anthrax case, the media, and the innocent
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
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.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
42 Democrats Vow a Drawdown in Iraq If They Win Seats  —  More than three dozen Democratic congressional candidates banded together yesterday to promise that, if elected, they will push for legislation calling for an immediate drawdown of troops in Iraq that would leave only a security force …
Mark Niquette / The Columbus Dispatch:
Limbaugh safe from voter-fraud charges  —  Radio host encouraged fans to vote Democratic  —  Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has been telling his audience for days now that he could be indicted for encouraging Ohio Republicans to take a Democratic ballot in the March 4 primary in what he calls “Operation Chaos.”
Discussion: PunditGuy and Macsmind
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
NAA Reveals Biggest Ad Revenue Plunge in More Than 50 Years  —  NEW YORK The newspaper industry has experienced the worst drop in advertising revenue in more than 50 years.  —  According to new data released by the Newspaper Association of America, total print advertising revenue …
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Stephen Marche / The New Republic:
“Shakespearean”?  Nay!  —  With Eliot Spitzer's sordid fall …
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Do Americans Really Want a War Hero for President?
Times of London:
Hillary Clinton; fibber in chief
Discussion: The New Republic
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Ex-congressman disputes Clinton boasts on medical leave legislation
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Dave Marash quits Al-Jazeera English
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Net Neutrality's Quiet Crusader
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Diana West / Washington Times:
Pre-emptive rage  —  Any day now, a short film connecting …
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Power Line