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12:00 PM ET, March 31, 2008


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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.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Rosy Words for Clinton by '90s Nemesis  —  To Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Richard Mellon Scaife qualifies as a charter member of the “vast right-wing conspiracy,” having bankrolled an elaborate multimillion-dollar campaign throughout the 1990s to unearth damaging information about the couple.
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New Jersey Presidential Election  —  New Jersey: McCain in Toss-Up with Both Clinton and Obama  —  John McCain holds statistically insignificant leads over both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in New Jersey.  It's McCain 45%, Clinton 42% and McCain 46%, Obama 45%.
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Minn. Sen. Amy Klobuchar endorses Barack Obama, giving him another …
Discussion: The Caucus
Qais Mizher / New York Times:
Firsthand Look at Basra Shows Value of White Flag
Discussion: The Nation and Danger Room
Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iranian general played key role in brokering Iraq cease-fire
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 …
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
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
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.
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: Booman Tribune, Wonkette and Eschaton
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Supreme Court won't intervene in Jefferson case  —  The Supreme Court Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that curtails the FBI's power to search congressional offices.  —  The case arose out of the FBI's raid of the offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) in 2006.
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Government rebuffed on Capitol Hill searches
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
HUD Secretary Expected to Quit  —  WASHINGTON — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson is expected to announce his resignation Monday, according to people familiar with the matter, a decision that will deal a blow to the Bush administration's efforts to tackle the housing crisis.
The New / New York Times:
Report Says HUD Secretary Will Resign
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Clinton didn't pay health insurance bills  —  Among the debts reported this month by Hillary Clinton's struggling presidential campaign, the $292,000 in unpaid health insurance premiums for her campaign staff stands out.  —  Clinton, who is being pressured to end her campaign against Barack Obama …
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 …
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Discussion: ThePoliticalCat
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Obama Bowls for Pennsylvania Voters
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The John McCain “centrism” fallacy
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
Clinton campaign head made $200,000 with subprime lender
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Key McCain aides lobbyists for shady lender
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Blogger outreach boosts McCain
Discussion: Hot Air and Balloon Juice
Kelefa Sanneh / New Yorker:
PROJECT TRINITY  —  The perilous mission of Obama's church.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Murray Weiss / New York Post:
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Was Barack Obama a “law professor”?
Discussion: TownHall Blog and TalkLeft

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Last week, LinkedIn began letting advertisers pay to amplify posts from some users through Thought Leader ads, as it enters the market of influencer marketing

New York Times:
Uri Berliner's essay about NPR reignited criticism of the outlet on social media, especially by conservatives, and spurred vehement pushback from some staffers

Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the internal upheaval at the NYT around sensitive subjects and management's push to emphasize neutrality and independence, including through probes

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