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6:45 PM ET, March 29, 2008

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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.
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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 …
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.
ABCNEWS:
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: Hot Air
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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” …
Diann Burns / WBBM-TV:
Rev. Jeremiah Wright Makes Surprise Appearance  —  Sen. Obama's Controversial Former Pastor Spoke In Public For First Time Since Scandal Broke  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― The Rev. Jeremiah Wright made a surprise appearance in Chicago Friday night.  —  Wright, Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor appeared …
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.
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Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:   Sexism, Real and Perceived
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Party fears tight Obama-Clinton finish
Discussion: Donklephant
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 …
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 Schecter.com
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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 …
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Michelle Malkin:
Rev. Michael Pfleger and Rev. Jeremiah Wright together again: “Hallelujah!”  Update: Rock star reception, video link added  —  Well, isn't this special? … Here's the video of the rock star reception Wright received at Pfleger's church (hat tip - William Amos).  And a warm-and-fuzzy screenshot from the event:
Discussion: Macsmind and Hot Air
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Associated Press:   Wright drops in on Chicago church
Wall Street Journal:
At the Barricades In the Gender Wars  —  Clinton's women supporters fear her bid has unleashed a sexist backlash  —  Valerie Benjamin, a human-resources manager for a consulting firm here, was driving to work recently in her red minivan with a Hillary bumper sticker when a man pulled up alongside and rolled down his window.
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog and Gawker
Matthew Yglesias:
Phil Gramm, Hero of Deregulation  —  A nice piece by Lisa Lerer in Politico makes the point that Phil Gramm, on whom John McCain says he'll be relying for economic policy advice, was one of the key architects of a piece of deregulation that's been a big contributor to the current crisis in the financial markets.
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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 …
 
 
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Merkel to boycott Olympic ceremony
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Eve Fairbanks / The New Republic:
Wiki Woman  —  The battle to define Hillary online.
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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
Ed OKeefe / Political Punch:
Did Obama Say Rev. Wright Acknowledged Offending People?
Lynn Sweet:
Obama did NOT “hold the title” of a University of Chicago law school professor.
Carol Rosenberg / MiamiHerald.com:
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United Nations:
Condemning ‘offensively anti-Islamic’ video, Ban Ki-moon appeals for calm