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1:50 PM ET, February 27, 2008

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Douglas Martin / New York Times:
William F. Buckley Jr. Is Dead at 82  —  William F. Buckley Jr., who marshaled polysyllabic exuberance, famously arched eyebrows and a refined, perspicacious mind to elevate conservatism to the center of American political discourse, died Wednesday at his home in Stamford, Conn.
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008)  —  I'm devastated to report that our dear friend, mentor, leader, and founder William F. Buckley Jr., died this morning in his study in Stamford, Connecticut.  —  He died while at work; if he had been given a choice on how to depart this world, I suspect that would have been exactly it.
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
William F. Buckley Jr. dies at 82  —  NEW YORK - William F. Buckley Jr., the erudite Ivy Leaguer and conservative herald who showered huge and scornful words on liberalism as he observed, abetted and cheered on the right's post-World War II rise from the fringes to the White House, died Wednesday.
Rick Perlstein / Today's Ideas & Actions:
Why William F. Buckley Was My Role Model  —  William F. Buckley was my friend.  —  I'm hard on conservatives.  I get harder on them just about every day.  I call them “con men.”  I do so without apology.  And I cannot deny that William F. Buckley said and did many things over the course of his career that were disgusting as well.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
How Do We Defeat Tim Russert?  —  The country wants change.  They want Washington to stop all the partisan bickering and they want a different tone.  They want their government to be serious and deal with real problems.  —  Can someone please explain to me how that can possibly happen until something …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RUSSERT'S LOWEST MOMENT (AND THAT'S SAYING A LOT)  —  I discussed this in the live debate blog.  But I think it's worth going back and watching Russert's run of shame here.  I would say it was borderline to bring up the issue of Farrakhan at all.  But perhaps since it's getting some media play …
Senator Hillary Clinton / New York Times:
The Democratic Debate in Cleveland  —  The following is a transcript of the Democratic presidential debate on MSNBC in Cleveland, Ohio, as provided by the Federal News Service and CQ Transcriptions via The Associated Press.  —  PARTICIPANTS:  —  SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-IL)  —  MODERATORS:
Marc Ambinder:
Here's Your Public Financing, McCain  —  “This is why Barack Obama is hedging from his pledge to accept public financing for the general election.”  —  “So, he's changing his mind as the circumstances warrant?”  —  “Yep.”  —  “Isn't that cynical?”  —  “Depends.
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CNN:
McCain apology angers talk radio host
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
For Clinton, What Defines a ‘Win’ on March 4?  —  Six days before Hillary Rodham Clinton puts her political future on the line in Ohio and Texas, one pressing question remains: What qualifies as a “win” next Tuesday?  —  Is a victory official only if Clinton claims victories over Barack …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
20th Debate: Reality Show or a Spinoff?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama also has news for McCain  —  Obama departed from his regular stump speech today in Columbus to respond to John McCain.  —  “John McCain may like to say he wants to follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of Hell, but so far all he's done is follow George Bush into a misguided war in Iraq,” he said.
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
MCCAIN GOES AFTER OBAMA ON IRAQ
Discussion: Open Left
Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
McCain Slams Obama on Handling War
Discussion: The Page
Quinnipiac University:
February 27, 2008 - Young Voters Help Obama Narrow Gap In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; McCain Runs Neck And Neck Against Either Democrat  —  Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, surging among younger voters, has cut Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead among Pennsylvania likely Democratic primary voters …
Discussion: The Trail and American Street
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Boehner tells GOP to get off ‘dead asses’  —  House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) challenged Republicans on Tuesday to get off their “dead asses” and start raising money for the National Republican Congressional Committee.  —  And the Republican leader wasn't the only lawmaker berating …
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:   NRCC failed Rep. Gilchrest, aide contends
Telegraph:
BBC knew of link to failed 21/7 bombers  —  A BBC producer failed to give police information that would have helped track down the July 21 bombers, the trial was told.  —  Don't Panic, I'm Islamic, which featured the group paintballing and an interview with Mohammed Hamid, was shown on BBC2 on June 12, 2005.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and JammieWearingFool
Agence France Presse:
Automated killer robots ‘threat to humanity’: expert … Increasingly autonomous, gun-totting robots developed for warfare could easily fall into the hands of terrorists and may one day unleash a robot arms race, a top expert on artificial intelligence told AFP.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
GOP Halts Effort to Retrieve White House E-Mails  —  After promising last year to search its computers for tens of thousands of e-mails sent by White House officials, the Republican National Committee has informed a House committee that it no longer plans to retrieve the communications …
Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Camp Presses Super Delegates Not To Take Sides  —  For weeks, the Barack Obama campaign has warned that Hillary Clinton would try to use her ties to the Democratic establishment to muscle ‘super delegates’ into backing her presidential bid, overriding a popular vote majority …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For”  —  Just a quick note about an Obama line that has drawn a lot of derision.  I can see why.  There's an element of messianic self-regard about the sentence.  And I sure hope Obama doesn't get too cocky or begins to get carried away by the wave of support he has inspired.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Disturbed About Obama  —  I thought Terri Schiavo was a jarring presence at the debate last night.  When Senator Obama was asked what legislative regrets, he didn't try to walk away from his radical ways any by citing his votes against born-alive infant protection or against banning the transport …
 
 
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Where the wheel stops, nobody knows
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Up North  —  Since I last checked on developments in Iraq …
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