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8:55 PM ET, March 30, 2008


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Gallup Daily: Obama Now at 52% to Clinton's 42%  —  McCain still has slight advantage over both Democratic opponents  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has extended his lead over Hillary Clinton among Democrats nationally to 52% to 42%, the third consecutive Gallup Poll Daily tracking report …
How to Win in a Knife Fight  —  The Democratic race could well come down to the first contested convention in years.  Lessons on how to prevail.  —  After the last Democratic primary is held in early June, neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama will have enough votes from delegates elected …
Discussion: Dean's World
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BRAZILE EXPLAINS CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE  —  Donna Brazile was on This Week this morning and explained how the credentials committee works.  If she's right, and I'm sure Brazile knows this stuff like the back of her hand, it's even worse for Clinton than I thought.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Balloon Juice and Donklephant
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Obama To Blame If The Dem Contest Goes To The Convention  —  Obama supporter Josh Marshall: … (Emphasis supplied.)  What did Clinton actually say? … (Emphasis mine.)  Josh's reaction to this? … (Emphasis supplied.)  Excuse me?  Not even Barack Obama says MI and FL is resolved.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CLINTON: ALL THE WAY TO DENVER  —  Sen. Clinton gave a pretty astonishing interview to the Washington Post in which she appears to say she will stay in the race till the convention in August, where she will take her fight to the credentials committee to have the delegates from the non-sanctioned Michigan and Florida primaries seated.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Cash-strapped Clinton fails to pay bills  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small-business circles.
Richard M. Scaife /
Hillary, reassessed  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  Hillary Clinton walked into a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review conference room last Tuesday to meet with some of the newspaper's editors and reporters and declared, “It was so counterintuitive, I just thought it would be fun to do.”  —  The room erupted in laughter.
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Senior Democrats mull Al Gore's nomination
Iraq's al-Sadr orders fighters to stop  —  Iraq leader calls move ‘step in the right direction’ after hundreds killed  —  Shortly before Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers to desist from attacking Iraqi forces, his militia stormed this TV facility in Basra on Sunday, forcing Iraqi troops to flee.
Aqeel Hussein / Telegraph:
Iraqi army forces defect to Moqtada al-Sadr  —  With gunfire and explosions echoing round him, Lt Hamid Abbas of the Iraqi Army was letting no car pass unchallenged at his makeshift roadblock on the outskirts of a Basra slum.  —  His closest scrutiny, however, was reserved …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Cordesman on what's really going on in Basra
Sholnn Freeman / Washington Post:
Shiite Cleric Sadr Offers Conditions for Cease-Fire
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Say It Ain't So, Joe  —  It's not news that Sen. Joe Lieberman, the onetime Democratic VP candidate, is backing John McCain for President.  Nor is it news that Lieberman takes a different view of the Iraq War than most Democrats.  But what he said this morning on ABC's “This Week” is certainly news.
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Lieberman makes the Zell Miller transition final: ‘...the Democratic Party changed’
Discussion: American Power and Shakesville
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Dith Pran, ‘Killing Fields’ Photographer, Dies at 65  —  Dith Pran, a photojournalist for The New York Times whose gruesome ordeal in the killing fields of Cambodia was re-created in a 1984 movie that gave him an eminence he tenaciously used to press for his people's rights, died in New Brunswick, N.J., on Sunday.
RIP, Dith Pran
Discussion: Dean's World
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
No, John McCain Can't Just Quit  —  Susan Milligan, writing in the Boston Globe, takes an all-too-rare foray into John McCain's campaign finance hypocrisy.  But this bit, straight out of the McCain's disinformation machine, simply isn't true: … McCain took the money all right …
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
McCain's commitment to public financing questioned
Discussion: Hold Fast and DownWithTyranny!
Muslims more numerous than Catholics: Vatican  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world, the Vatican said on Sunday.  —  Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican's newly-released 2008 yearbook of statistics …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rove: The horns are retractable  —  Karl Rove got interrupted during an appearance at George Washington University on Friday by demonstrators calling for his prosecution as a war criminal.  Rove, who had nothing to do with war planning or execution — he ran the political side of the White House …
Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
Obama Overstates Kennedys' Role in Helping His Father  —  Addressing civil rights activists in Selma, Ala., a year ago, Sen. Barack Obama traced his “very existence” to the generosity of the Kennedy family, which he said paid for his Kenyan father to travel to America on a student scholarship and thus meet his Kansan mother.
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Photo of the Day  —  From the West Bank town of Hebron …
Discussion: The Sun
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Shiite Cleric Al-Sadr Offers Iraq Truce
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