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2:50 PM ET, March 31, 2008


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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%.
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Michigan Presidential Election  —  Michigan: McCain 43% Obama 42%; McCain 45% Clinton 42%  —  While Democrats are still fighting about whether and how Michigan's delegates will be seated at their party's national convention, early polling suggests that John McCain …
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:
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 …
Mark Silva / Baltimore Sun:
Clinton: Health care premiums are in the mail
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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 …
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Ickes is Clinton's not-so-secret weapon  —  The veteran political operative is relentless in his drive for Democratic superdelegates.  —  ARLINGTON, VA. — Harold M. Ickes never forgets a favor, especially if he's the one who did the favor.  So the veteran political operative made sure that …
Discussion: Wonkette
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Some Republicans Emerge To Endorse Obama  —  WASHINGTON — With an eye to the general election and the Pennsylvania primary, some Republicans who oppose President Bush's war policy are endorsing Senator Obama.  —  Senator Obama speaks at a rally on the Old Main Lawn at Penn State University yesterday …
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.
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 …
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 …
David Stout / New York Times:
Justices Let Stand Ruling on Illegal F.B.I. Search  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that the F.B.I. went too far in searching the office of Representative William J. Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat accused of using his position to promote business deals in Africa.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Supreme Court won't intervene in Jefferson case
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Gray Lady vs Jeremiah Wright, Round 2: Did Wright intimidate the Times into pulling punches?  —  The New York Times has responded to an angry letter written by Rev. Jeremiah Wright — more than a year ago.  The letter resurfaced this past week, and it contains accusations of misrepresentation and …
Mark Halperin / The Page:   New York Times' Response to Rev. Wright Letter
Ryanteaguebeckwith / projects:
Butterfield: More endorsements coming  —  U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield of Wilson says he is the only North Carolina congressman supporting Barack Obama, but he expects further endorsements Tuesday or Wednesday.  —  “There have been substantial discussions between the Obama campaign and the other six …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
New Backing for Obama As Party Seeks Unity
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The John McCain “centrism” fallacy  —  In a lengthy and largely (though not completely) admiring profile of John McCain, Newsweek's Michael Hirsh writes: … (There's that generous and patently false “McCain-was-merely-mistaken” media defense again).  And there's also this:
Discussion: American Street
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LAST REFUGE ...  PA Gov. Ed Rendell on Fox News coverage …
Discussion: The Politico
Wayne Barrett / The Huffington Post:
Could the Republicans Pick the Democratic Nominee? …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Dems, Reps Agree: Obama Tougher Opponent for McCain
Discussion: The Swamp
Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:
Navarrette: Immigration's ying and yang
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Do They Hate Clinton More Than They Care About The Dem Party?
Amanda / Think Progress:
Jackson Gets Evicted: White House Officials Questioned His 'Ability …
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
Clinton campaign head made $200,000 with subprime lender
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Blogger outreach boosts McCain
Kelefa Sanneh / New Yorker:
PROJECT TRINITY  —  The perilous mission of Obama's church.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Murray Weiss / New York Post:
New York Times:
McCain Faces Test in Wooing Elite Donors
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gore launches $300 million campaign
Ezra Klein / Los Angeles Times:
There's nothing funny about prison rape
Discussion: Hot Air