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12:10 AM ET, March 31, 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 …
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
New Backing for Obama As Party Seeks Unity  —  WASHINGTON — Slowly but steadily, a string of Democratic Party figures is taking Barack Obama's side in the presidential nominating race and raising the pressure on Hillary Clinton to give up.  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is expected …
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Cordesman on what's really going on in Basra  —  Excellent work as usual from a guy who's never shied from telling either side what it doesn't want to hear.  I cringe every time I write about Basra since it's impossible anymore to tell who's allied with whom and why: Maliki, Sadr, the JAM …
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 …
Al-Sadr calls off fighting, orders compliance with Iraqi security
Discussion: Donklephant and Danger Room
Anthony H. Cordesman / New York Times:
A Civil War Iraq Can't Win
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Sholnn Freeman / Washington Post:   Shiite Cleric Sadr Offers Conditions for Cease-Fire
New York Times:
In This Shiite Battle, a Marked Shift From the Past
Discussion: Commentary and The Left Coaster
Think Progress:
Bush booed loudly while throwing out first pitch in Nationals home opener.  —  President Bush delivered the first pitch tonight at the new Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. to a resounding chorus of boos.  After being announced, Bush was showered by boos as he strode to the mound.
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.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Lieberman makes the Zell Miller transition final: ‘...the Democratic Party changed’
Discussion: American Power and Shakesville
Maupin's remains found in Iraq  —  digg us!!  —  Sgt. Matt Maupin is dead, the parents of the missing Clermont County soldier said today.  —  Maupin's remain were found in Iraq, nearly four years after he was captured by insurgents, his parents said.
Michelle Malkin:
Staff Sgt. Maupin's remains found in Iraq  —  Keep the Maupin family in your thoughts and prayers tonight: … The Maupin family website is here.  —  They adopted a saying: … R.I.P.  —  Let's hope our troops find the animals who murdered Maupin and deliver justice.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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.
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
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Public Death, Private Life  —  What should a newspaper print about a person's most private life in a story after his death?  —  The Post ran a story March 22 about the burial at Arlington National Cemetery of Army Maj. Alan G. Rogers, a decorated war hero killed in an explosion in Baghdad.
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: DownWithTyranny! and Hold Fast
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 …
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Debate and Protest at Spy Program's Inception
Discussion: Macsmind and Think Progress
Judith Klinghoffer / American Thinker:
Scary McCain  —  With McCain you get the real thing while with Obama …
Michael Powell / The Caucus:
Barack Bowl  —  Barack Obama spent Saturday evening …
Geoffrey Lean / The Independent:
Mobile phones ‘more dangerous than smoking’
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Little Green Footballs:
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Muslims more numerous than Catholics: Vatican