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12:05 PM 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 …
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain seeks his share of the spotlight  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The double-wide press bus is gone.  Once-long waits to be patted down by TSA agents on frozen tarmacs have been reduced from minutes to moments.  And the old JetBlue charter warhorse has been replaced by a sleeker and smaller plane …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Chickens of Identity Politics Come Home to Roost?  —  Watching the parade of apologists for Rev. Wright's hatred—"garlic noses"; “KKK of A;” “God Damn America;” “Condamnesia;” the U.S. deserved 9/11; America is no different from al-Qaeda; we caused the AIDs virus; Israel is a “dirty word” …
Discussion: Fausta's blog
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Who'll Stop the Pain?  —  Gore and Edwards may have the most party clout.  But there's only one person Hillary will finally listen to.  Her name isn't Bill.  —  In the days after John Edwards's withdrawal from the Democratic race, the political world expected his endorsement of Barack Obama would be forthcoming tout de suite.
Discussion: Swampland and The Current
James Carville / Washington Post:
Disloyalty That Merits An Insult  —  Last Friday the New York Times asked me to comment on New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama for president.  For 15 years, Richardson served with no small measure of distinction as the representative of New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District.
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 …
Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
Hillary's Consolation Prize?  —  Some Dems float the New York Statehouse as an option.  —  Some Democrats terrified that their bloody primary campaign will doom them in November are floating a consolation prize for Hillary Clinton: governor of New York.  —  The travails of New York …
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Police Mutiny, Refuse to attack Sadrists; Clashes continue in Basra; Sadrists open New fronts throughout Shiite South  —  Police Mutiny, Refuse to attack Sadrists;  —  Clashes continue in Basra;  —  Sadrists open New fronts throughout Shiite South  —  Mahdi Army Militiamen, courtesy Al-Zaman of Baghdad.
Discussion: missing links and Angry Bear
James Poniewozik / Time:
Fox on the Run  —  On super Tuesday, Bush's former brain, Karl Rove, debuted on Fox News Channel as a political analyst.  Genteel, wry and armed with terabytes of political minutiae, he won critical raves.  ("One of the best things in television news right now," said the New York Times …
Joe Conason / Salon:
Hillary's team crosses the line  —  From left, Sen. Barack Obama, retired Gen. Merrill “Tony” McPeak and Sen. Hillary Clinton  —  Over the past few months, the emotional trajectory of the Democratic presidential primary has dropped precipitously, from inspiring to enervating …
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Buyers' Revenge: Trash the House After Foreclosure  —  Banks Pay People Off To Deter Home Rage; Loose Pets, Paint Spills  —  LAS VEGAS — Eddy Buompensiero noticed eight pairs of shoes outside the door of the modest house on Mother of Pearl Street, evidence that the former owners were still living …
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 …
David Cho / Washington Post:
Treasury Wants to Reshape Regulation
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.
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Court of Appeals Sets Governor Siegelman Free As Congress Calls …
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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United Nations:
Condemning ‘offensively anti-Islamic’ video, Ban Ki-moon appeals for calm
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
McCain guru linked to subprime crisis
Discussion: Macsmind
Donald Rumsfeld / Wall Street Journal:
NATO Expansion Should Continue
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Former secretaries of State: Close Guantanamo
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
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Don't Listen to Senator Leahy
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Michael Yon Phones Home
Discussion: Confederate Yankee and Hot Air
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Obama: Primary ‘A Good Movie That Lasted About A Half An Hour Too Long’
Discussion: Althouse