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8:35 PM ET, March 29, 2008


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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.
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 …
Philly Mayor: Obama Pastor Talk Beyond Pale  —  Mayor Michael Nutter Tells ABC News He Would Have Quit Church if His Pastor Made Such Remarks  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton's most prominent African-American supporter in Pennsylvania says that had he been a member of Sen. Barack Obama's church …
Discussion: Macsmind, Hot Air and Booman Tribune
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Chickens of Identity Politics Come Home to Roost?
Diann Burns / WBBM-TV:
Rev. Jeremiah Wright Makes Surprise Appearance
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and The Page
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Endorsement of Obama Points Up Clinton 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.
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:   Sexism, Real and Perceived
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Party fears tight Obama-Clinton finish
Discussion: Donklephant
Will / Attytood:
Liberal bloggers declare war in Philly over media, McCain  —  The primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama seems far from over (no matter what the numbers say), the war in Iraq just marked its grim 5th anniversary with renewed bloodshed, and a host of issues from domestic spying …
Discussion: Eschaton and Cliff
Nikki Finke / Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily:
‘21’ Holds Winning Hand At Box Office; ‘Superhero’ Is Superflop; ‘Stop-Loss’ DOA  —  SATURDAY AM: Friday's domestic gross showed that Hollywood can't boost the slumping box office this spring break even though 30% of students are out of school.  No. 1 is Sony Pictures's based-on-a-true-story 21 …
New York Times:
Shiite Militias Cling to Swaths of Basra and Stage Raids  —  BAGHDAD — Shiite militias in Basra openly controlled wide swaths of the city on Saturday and staged increasingly bold raids on Iraqi government forces sent in five days ago to wrest control from the gunmen, witnesses said …
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
Why Blog?  Reason No. 92: Book Deal  —  THIS is how it happens.  —  A guy starts a clever blog in January and calls it Stuff White People Like.  The site contains a list of cultural totems, including gifted children, marathons and writers' workshops, that a certain type of moneyed and liberal American might be expected to like.
Discussion: PoliGazette
Gallup Daily: Obama Still on Top, 50% to 43%  —  McCain beats Clinton in fall ballot, but is in a statistical tie with Obama  —  RINCETON, NJ — For the second consecutive Gallup Poll Daily tracking report, Barack Obama holds a statistically significant lead over Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: MyDD
New York Times:
In Treasury Plan, a Reluctant Eye Over Wall Street  —  The Bush administration is proposing the broadest overhaul of Wall Street regulation since the Great Depression.  But the plan, to be unveiled on Monday, has its genesis in a yearlong effort to limit Washington's role in the market.
Mario M. Cuomo / Boston Globe:
How to avoid a Democratic disaster  —  A DEMOCRATIC disaster in the November election looms, but it can be avoided by a demonstration of true leadership by the two candidates.  —  By the end of the primary process, no matter how robust the turnout appears, less than half of all Democratic voters will have expressed their preference.
Gary Gross / Let Freedom Ring:
The Indictment Against John Murtha  —  Charges were dropped against LCpl.  Stephen Tatum on Friday, leaving Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, Sgt. Frank Wuterich and Cpl. Andrew Grayson as the remaining three Marines who haven't had their cases resolved.  Eventually, John Murtha will be exposed …
Discussion: BBC and
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Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Culture Wars Continuing (Continued)
Discussion: Crunchy Con and The Corner
Merkel to boycott Olympic ceremony
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Eve Fairbanks / The New Republic:
Wiki Woman  —  The battle to define Hillary online.
Discussion: The New Editor
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
I Knew Gene Kelly. The President Is No Gene Kelly.
Discussion: Liberty Street
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Jihadist cleric Omar Bakri: Fitna “could be a film by the Mujahideen”
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and PoliGazette
Matthew Yglesias:
Phil Gramm, Hero of Deregulation
Lynn Sweet:
Obama did NOT “hold the title” of a University of Chicago law school professor.
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Lawyer: Gitmo trials pegged to '08 campaign
Michelle Malkin:
Rev. Michael Pfleger and Rev. Jeremiah Wright together again: “Hallelujah!”
Randall Patterson / New York Times:
Students of Virginity  —  There was a time when not having sex consumed …
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Washington Post:
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Wall Street Journal:
At the Barricades In the Gender Wars
James Poniewozik / Time:
Fox on the Run  —  On super Tuesday, Bush's former brain …
Joe Conason / Salon:
Hillary's team crosses the line
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Buyers' Revenge: Trash the House After Foreclosure