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11:40 AM ET, March 31, 2008


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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 …
Byron York / The Corner:
Clinton, Obama, and the Racial Divide  —  It has now become conventional wisdom that Barack Obama has weathered the storm over Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  Exhibit A in the discussion is last week's NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, which, it is said, shows that Hillary Clinton suffered more than Obama from the Wright controversy.
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Minn. Sen. Amy Klobuchar endorses Barack Obama, giving him another …
Discussion: The Caucus
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Hillary Clinton portrays calls to quit as chauvinism
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Iran Brokers Call for Ceasefire; Bush reduced to Irrelevancy in Iraq; Fighting Continues  —  Iran Brokers Call for Ceasefire;  —  Bush reduced to Irrelevancy in Iraq;  —  Fighting Continues  —  McClatchy provides a lot of important detail about Sunday's surprising developments regarding …
Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iranian general played key role in brokering Iraq cease-fire  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqi lawmakers traveled to the Iranian holy city of Qom over the weekend to win the support of the commander of Iran's Qods brigades in persuading Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr to order his followers to stop military operations …
Qais Mizher / New York Times:
Firsthand Look at Basra Shows Value of White Flag
Discussion: The Nation and Danger Room
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama had greater role on liberal survey  —  During his first run for elected office, Barack Obama played a greater role than his aides now acknowledge in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion- positions that appear at odds with the more moderate image he's projected during his presidential campaign.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Politico: Obama lied about survey
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Interviewing Six Conservative Female Bloggers On Dating  —  One of the great things about my other blog, Conservative Grapevine, is that I get to link a wide variety of articles and see which links draw the most clicks.  While doing that, one of the things that I've found is that any article about dating tends to do really well.
Discussion: Althouse and Vox Popoli
Selim Algar / New York Post:
FROM BAD TO VERSE FOR HILL  —  AIRPORT'S GIRL POET STUNNED BY SNIPER TALE AS INSULTED FELLOW BOSNIANS RIP ‘LOW BLOW’ LIE  —  SARAJEVO, Bosnia - The Bosnian girl who famously read a poem to Hillary Rodham Clinton during her 1996 visit to the war-torn country is shocked - and her countrymen infuriated …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Dilbert Strategy  —  Anyone who has worked in a large organization — or, for that matter, reads the comic strip “Dilbert” — is familiar with the “org chart” strategy.  To hide their lack of any actual ideas about what to do, managers sometimes make a big show of rearranging the boxes and lines that say who reports to whom.
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
Superdelegates: A guide to the undecided  —  In a Democratic nominating contest that could ultimately be decided by their votes, divining the intentions of the 794 Democratic superdelegates has become something of a Washington parlor game.  —  By nearly all counts — generally measured …
Los Angeles Times:
Ickes is Clinton's not-so-secret weapon
Discussion: Wonkette
The New / New York Times:
Report Says HUD Secretary Will Resign
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
William Kristol / New York Times:
Biography Isn't Enough  —  The McCain campaign's first general election ad, released Friday, includes moving footage of him as a prisoner of war.  What was Democratic Chairman Howard Dean's reaction?  “While we honor McCain's military service, the fact is Americans want a real leader …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Blogger outreach boosts McCain  —  Even as talk radio was brutalizing Sen. John McCain in the Republican presidential primaries, conservative bloggers reached a respectful truce with the Arizona senator over touchy issues and gave him what the campaign called a “tremendous positive psychological” boost.
Discussion: Hot Air and Balloon Juice
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OOPS  —  Racial healer Lou Dobbs explains how he's sick of “cotton pickin'” black leaders telling him how he can and can't talk about race (he catches himself at the last minute — sorta) ...  Special thanks to TPM Reader AR for the catch.  —  Late Update: Whenever we do posts like this …
Discussion: Wonkette and Eschaton
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gore launches $300 million campaign  —  Former Vice President Al Gore is launching a $300 million, bipartisan campaign to try to push climate change higher on the nation's political agenda.  —  The three-year campaign by the Alliance for Climate Protection will begin Wednesday …
Discussion: QandO and Hot Air
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
Clinton campaign head made $200,000 with subprime lender  —  WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign manager, Maggie Williams, earned about $200,000 on the board of a Long Island subprime lender that charged prepayment penalties - a practice that Clinton, a critic of the subprime industry, now seeks to eliminate.
Discussion: and L.A. Land
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / Fox News:   Clinton Pushes Housing Market Fixes As Campaign Manager Sits …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Government rebuffed on Capitol Hill searches
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Key McCain aides lobbyists for shady lender
Kelefa Sanneh / New Yorker:
PROJECT TRINITY  —  The perilous mission of Obama's church.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Murray Weiss / New York Post:
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
Race and the Social Contract
Associated Press:
Remains of Soldier Missing Since '04 Are Found in Iraq
Discussion: INTEL DUMP
New York Times:
McCain Faces Test in Wooing Elite Donors
FACTBOX-Zimbabwe's meltdown in figures
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and normblog
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Ezra Klein / Los Angeles Times:
There's nothing funny about prison rape
Discussion: Unfogged
Lawrence Summers / Financial Times:
Steps that can safeguard America's economy
Dave Montgomery / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Air Force seeks jets powered by liquefied coal
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Was Barack Obama a “law professor”?
Drake Bennett / Boston Globe:
The sting of poverty  —  What bees and dented cars can teach …
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Food Stamp Use at Record Pace as Jobs Vanish