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9:15 AM ET, March 29, 2008

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Michael James / Political Punch:
Howard Dean 2004: The Medals Matter  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., launches a biography tour next week, which looks to tell the American people about his days as a POW in Vietnam, at least based on his new TV ad (watch HERE) introduced today in New Mexico.  —  In response, Democratic National …
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Endorsement of Obama Points Up Clinton's Obstacles  —  The surprise endorsement of Senator Barack Obama by a popular senator in a battleground state on Friday underlined the ferment in the Democratic nominating race and the serious obstacles facing Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as she tries to rescue her candidacy.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Clinton Says She's in It for the Long Haul  —  HAMMOND, Ind. - To answer questions that have been swirling around her candidacy all day, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived here in northwest Indiana - just a few miles from her Democratic rival's home on Chicago's South Side …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Obama: Primary ‘A Good Movie That Lasted About A Half An Hour Too Long’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Treasury Dept. Plan Would Give Fed Wide New Power  —  WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department will propose on Monday that Congress give the Federal Reserve broad new authority to oversee financial market stability, in effect allowing it to send SWAT teams into any corner of the industry …
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David Cho / Washington Post:
Treasury Wants to Reshape Regulation  —  Overhaul Would Include New Agencies, Powers  —  The Treasury Department on Monday will propose a far-reaching overhaul of the nation's financial regulatory structure that would reshape the relationship between Wall Street and Washington and redefine …
Discussion: Balkinization
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Freed Alabama Ex-Governor Sees Politics in His Case  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Former Governor Don Siegelman of Alabama, released from prison today on bond in a bribery case, said he was as convinced as ever that politics played a leading role in his prosecution.
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Scott Horton / Harper's:
Court of Appeals Sets Governor Siegelman Free As Congress Calls …
New York Post:
GOP ACHILLES HEEL  —  HOW REPUBLICANS LOST WEST  —  CHEERED as Republicans may be by the Clinton-Obama wars, the fact is that long-term trends still favor the Democrats this fall.  To see the problem, consider the interior West - the eight states between the Midwest and the Pacific Coast …
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
McCain guru linked to subprime crisis  —  The general co-chairman of John McCain's presidential campaign, former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas), led the charge in 1999 to repeal a Depression-era banking regulation law that Democrat Barack Obama claimed on Thursday contributed significantly to today's economic turmoil.
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Analysis: Iraqis' Basra fight not going well  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Iraqi military push into the southern city of Basra is not going as well as American officials had hoped, despite President Bush's high praise for the operation, several U.S. officials said Friday.
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Asking a Judge to Save the World, and Maybe a Whole Lot More  —  More fighting in Iraq.  Somalia in chaos.  People in this country can't afford their mortgages and in some places now they can't even afford rice.  —  None of this nor the rest of the grimness on the front page today will matter a bit …
Discussion: Althouse
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
All the news that's Fitna  —  Geert Wilders' film is a hit - over 1.5 million views in English, over 2.5 million in Dutch last time I checked - but it's nevertheless been yanked by LiveLeak, with the following statement: … Indeed.  The Internet will keep Fitna alive in odd corners hither and yon …
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United Nations:
Condemning ‘offensively anti-Islamic’ video, Ban Ki-moon appeals for calm  —  Secretary-General today led a chorus of United Nations condemnation of the Internet broadcast of a video made by the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, describing it as “offensively anti-Islamic,” …
Media Matters for America:
Wash. Post claimed McCain “most aggressive” of the three major candidates in “identifying ways to reduce spending,” ignoring cost of Iraq policy  —  A March 28 Washington Post article, headlined “As Candidates Warm to Bush Tax Cuts, Economists Warn of Long-Term Effects,” claimed that “[o] …
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Matt Browner Hamlin / Hold Fast:
“Yahoo and MSN helping to root out Tibetan rioters”  —  The Observers, a publication of France 24 TV, has documented Yahoo! China and MSN posting banner ads and prominent photos of Tibetans the Chinese government have identified as “most wanted” in connection to recent protests inside Tibet.
 
 
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Donald Rumsfeld / Wall Street Journal:
NATO Expansion Should Continue
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Former secretaries of State: Close Guantanamo
Hindrocket / Power Line:
“THE WORM I' THE BUD”
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
C&L's John Amato Talks About McCain's Free Ride From The Media
Mohammed Fadhil / Pajamas Media:
Behind the Bloodshed in Basra
Ralph Nader / Ralph Nader for President 2008:
Don't Listen to Senator Leahy
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
Michael Yon Phones Home
Discussion: Hot Air
Sydney Morning Herald:
Rudd's troop withdrawal leaves Bush alone on Iraq
Discussion: Think Progress
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Like McCain Needs A Bicycle
Marc Ambinder:
How To Count The Popular Vote
Deacon / Power Line:
DUKE LOWERS THE BAR AGAIN
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
CHELSEA: MOM, BETTER PREZ THAN DAD
Discussion: Wonkette
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ONLY SO FAR  —  Here's another example of what I was talking …
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Todd: Clinton has made the right call
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
NAA Reveals Biggest Ad Revenue Plunge in More Than 50 Years
Associated Press:
Bush aide resigns