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3:00 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.
National Review:
William F. Buckley, Jr., R.I.P.  —  Our revered founder, William F. Buckley Jr., died in his study this morning.  —  If ever an institution were the lengthened shadow of one man, this publication is his.  So we hope it will not be thought immodest for us to say that Buckley has had more of an impact …
James Kirchick / The New Republic:   William F. Buckley Jr., RIP
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Saying Goodbye  —  I just saw Kathryn's post about Bill Buckley.
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Marc Ambinder:
Rove: Don't “Hussein” Obama  —  No less an authority figure than Karl Rove has warned Republican operatives from demagoguing Barack Obama's middle name.  —  At a closed door meeting of GOP state executive directors in late January, Rove said the safest way to refer to Obama would be to use his honorific, “Sen. Obama.”
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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.
Tom Humphrey / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Tenn. GOP stands by “Anti-Semites for Obama” piece  —  NASHVILLE - Tennessee Republican Chairman Robin Smith says she stands by the state party's use of “Barack Hussein Obama” in party criticism of the Democratic presidential candidate - even though John McCain says it's inappropriate.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
CNN:
McCain apology angers talk radio host
Associated Press:   Clinton aide: She and Obama could be running mates
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 …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Disturbed About Obama  —  I thought Terri Schiavo was a jarring …
Senator Hillary Clinton / New York Times:
The Democratic Debate in Cleveland
Allison Kaplan Sommer / Pajamas Media:
‘I AM NOT A MUSLIM’: OBAMA WOOS THE JEWS
Discussion: protein wisdom, Salon and neo-neocon
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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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.
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Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
‘Robot arms race’ underway, expert warns
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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: TalkLeft, The Trail and American Street
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Begrudging His Bedazzling  —  A huge Ellen suddenly materialized behind Hillary on a giant screen, interrupting her speech Monday night at a fund-raiser at George Washington University in Washington.  —  What better way for a desperate Hillary to try and stop her rival from running off …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Maureen Dowd: Only Reason Hillary Is Still In Race Is Because Of Media's Benevolence
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
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 …
 
 
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