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Primary Choices: John McCain  —  We have strong disagreements with all the Republicans running for president.  The leading candidates have no plan for getting American troops out of Iraq.  They are too wedded to discredited economic theories and unwilling even now to break with the legacy of President Bush.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Tight schedule makes NY Times endorse early
Discussion: Riehl World View
Mark Naymik / Cleveland's Top Story …:
Kucinich drops presidential bid  —  Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich is dropping out of the Democratic race for president.  —  Kucinich will make the announcement Friday at a news conference in Cleveland.  In an exclusive interview with Plain Dealer editors and reporters, Kucinich said he will explain his “transition” tomorrow.
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Joe Milicia / Associated Press:
Democrat Kucinich quits White House race  —  CLEVELAND - Democrat Dennis Kucinich is abandoning his second, long-shot bid for the White House as he faces a tough fight to hold onto his other job — U.S. congressman.  —  In an interview with Cleveland's Plain Dealer, the six-term House member …
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
Bill Clinton's Old Politics  —  I write this more out of sadness than anger.  Bill Clinton's ill-tempered and ill-founded attacks on Barack Obama are doing no credit to the former President, his legacy, or his wife's campaign.  Nor are they helping the Democratic party.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Winning Spin War Over Who's Victim In Campaign  —  One of the central struggles between the Obama and Hillary campaigns right now is this: Which of the two can successfully persuade voters that he or she is the fair-fighter being victimized by the other's out-of-control aggression?
John Mercurio / MSNBC:
Clintons leave no fingerprints
Discussion: MyDD
Michael Graham / The Corner:
Why was this debate so bad?  —  One of my GOP candidates had an expression: “WOT."  Waste of time.  —  Did this debate accomplish anything, other than to remind us that Tim Russert is the most overrated journalist in television?  —  I'm trying to imagine what Florida voter watched that and went—"OK, now I'm ready to vote!"
Discussion: Say Anything
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CBS News:
Interrogator: Invasion Surprised Saddam  —  Tells 60 Minutes Former Dictator Bragged About Eluding Capture  —  (CBS) Saddam Hussein initially didn't think the U.S. would invade Iraq to destroy weapons of mass destruction, so he kept the fact that he had none a secret to prevent an Iranian invasion he believed could happen.
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The BIDINOTTO BLOG:
Saddam lied, people died
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
Saddam Speaks...  ...through the FBI interrogator who debriefed …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ poll: Romney, Obama hold leads  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. - Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama are leading in their respective parties' upcoming primaries, according to two new state surveys.  —  But a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that their rivals …
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Marisa Taylor / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Immigration officials detaining, deporting American citizens  —  FLORENCE, Ariz. — Thomas Warziniack was born in Minnesota and grew up in Georgia, but immigration authorities pronounced him an illegal immigrant from Russia.  —  Immigration and Customs Enforcement has held Warziniack for weeks …
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Senate rejects secret court measure  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday rejected an attempt to expand a secret court's oversight of government eavesdropping, sticking instead with a surveillance bill favored by the White House.  —  The bill, which failed 60-36, would have strengthened …
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Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Senate Delays Eavesdropping Vote
Discussion: Firedoglake
Matt / Think Progress:
Gibson Defends His Mockery Of Ledger's Death: ‘No Point In Passing Up A Good Joke’  —  On his radio show yesterday, Fox News host John Gibson responded to ThinkProgress' criticism of his comments mocking the death of Heath Ledger, saying that it was just “a little Brokeback Mountain joke” …
Fox News:
President Bush Says Usama Bin Laden May Not Be Captured During His Time in Office  —  Capturing Usama bin Laden has been one of President Bush's top priorities during his time in office, but the president now seems to doubt the Al Qaeda mastermind will be found before his term ends next January.
President Bill Clinton / Detroit Free Press:
2 notable perjury cases  —  High-profile cases involving public officials and the truth include:  —  Lewis (Scooter) Libby  —  Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff was convicted of perjury in March for lying to investigators trying to find who leaked the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame.
Rachel Lucas:
Breaking News: Sunny Lucas announces her candidacy for President.  —  Sunny Lucas announces her candidacy for President.  —  I just read through the 90-odd comments to the last post to learn what The People want, and it became more and more clear to me that what The People want is not exemplified …
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