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1:10 AM ET, February 9, 2008


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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Breaking: Hillary Campaign Goes To War With MSNBC Over Chelsea “Pimp” Comment  —  This is really something.  The Hillary campaign has just gone to war with MSNBC, dispatching a top Hillary adviser to launch a lacerating attack on the network on a conference call with reporters moments ago.
Howard Kurtz / The Trail:
MSNBC's Shuster to Offer On-Air Apology to Clinton  —  Using a prostitution metaphor for the daughter of a presidential candidate is a surefire way for a journalist to get into trouble.  —  On MSNBC yesterday, correspondent David Shuster went there, amazingly enough, while interviewing …
Chris / TVNewser:
Shuster Suspended For “Pimped Out” Comment  —  NBC NEWS STATEMENT REGARDING CHELSEA CLINTON COMMENT:  —  On Thursday's “Tucker” on MSNBC, David Shuster, who was serving as guest-host of the program, made a comment about Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton campaign that was irresponsible and inappropriate.
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
MSNBC's Chelsea comment angers Clinton  —  SEATTLE - A distasteful comment about Chelsea Clinton by an MSNBC anchor could imperil Hillary Rodham Clinton's participation in future presidential debates on the network, a Clinton spokesman said.  —  In a conference call with reporters …
Discussion: The Trail, MyDD and Hot Air
The Huffington Post:
MSNBC Reporter Begrudgingly Apologizes For Chelsea “Pimp” Comment  —  He made the following comments to MediaMatters: … UPDATE: The Clinton campaign is fighting back against MSNBC.  Top campaign adviser Howard Wolfson has responded to David Shuster's comments, calling MSNBC out for a …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Here We Go Again  —  I have taken a fair amount of grief for criticizing the campaign coverage on MSNBC over the past few months, most recently for what I saw as pretty obviously biased coverage on Super Tuesday.  Up until recently the “illness” was mostly confined to Matthews, Carlson and Scarborough, particularly the first.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:   Reporter initially defended Chelsea comment
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
MSNBC's Chelsea Comment Angers Clinton
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Roger L. Simon
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
When the GOP closes ranks  —  Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran (R), 11 days ago, on the idea of John McCain getting elected: … Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran (R), last night, on his presidential endorsement: … In the end, they come around.  They always do.
Bill Schneider / CNN:   Analysis: Obama has leg up over McCain
Michelle Malkin:
“Stay positive and stay focused”
Discussion: Riehl World View
Gabriel Malor / Ace of Spades HQ:
CPAC Blogger of the Year Award  —  Well, the Moron-in-Chief won the Blogger of the Year award at CPAC.  Hopefully he will be along in a while to tell us all about it.  For now, here is John Hawkin's experience of meeting Ace: … This echoes my experience meeting Ace at Aceapalooza West.
Discussion: Fausta's blog and
Attila Girl / Little Miss Attila:   The Blogger of the Year Title
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
The Upcoming Contests: Polls, Delegates, Formats and More  —  Are we getting ready to vote again already?  Really?  Man, this never ends.  Super Tuesday counting is expected to end today, so I guess we will be receiving new delegate totals every day from now through Wednesday, inclusive.
Deep Background: Where is al-Qaida's American?  —  Where is accused terrorist Adam Gadahn?  —  That's what Taliban sources along the Afghan-Pakistan border are wondering about the American-born al-Qaida member.  Gadahn, known as Azzam al-Ameriki (Azzam the American), joined al-Qaida in 2003 …
Howie / The Jawa Report:
Adam Gadahn Still Missing, Taliban Worried  —  All Azzam's terrorist buddies are just so worried about him. … A bit early for the cowbell, but its looking more and more like something bad happened to Azzam.  —  How, Talibans might ask, is it possible that the strongest and best-equipped army …
Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
Fred Thompson Backs McCain  —  Fred Thompson, the one-time Republican presidential candidate, endorsed Sen. John McCain Friday, calling on the party to “close ranks” behind the presumed nominee.  —  “This is no longer about past preferences or differences.
The media pick the winners  —  Super Tuesday's over, and there's no absolute winner among either Democrats or Republicans.  —  Nonetheless, even though no one candidate has yet locked up their party's nomination, we might as well cancel the rest of the primaries or caucuses.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
what liberal media (redux, redux, redux)?
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Macsmind
Karl / protein wisdom:
Dems 2008: Another reading from the Book of Obama  —  In the L.A. Times, Joel Stein delivers the latest chapter in the Book of Obama: … Proof of that — or of Stein's position on the political spectrum - is that Obama is not a “mainstream” politician at all.  Obama was the most liberal member of the US Senate in 2007.
Joel Stein / Los Angeles Times:
He's got Obamaphilia
Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
Obama Camp to Clinton: Show Us Your Taxes  —  Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign aides stepped up their effort to force Democrat Hillary Clinton to release her tax returns yesterday, to shed light on the sources of income that enabled her to loan $5 million of her own money to her presidential bid.
Discussion: Salon
More on the Delegate Discrepancy
Arwa Damon / CNN:
Violations of ‘Islamic teachings’ take deadly toll on Iraqi women  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The images in the Basra police file are nauseating: Page after page of women killed in brutal fashion — some strangled to death, their faces disfigured; others beheaded.  All bear signs of torture.
Discussion: Hoffmania! and Daily Kos
The Sun Also Sets  —  Climate Change: Not every scientist is part of Al Gore's mythical “consensus.”  Scientists worried about a new ice age seek funding to better observe something bigger than your SUV — the sun.  —  Back in 1991, before Al Gore first shouted that the Earth was in the balance …
Jonathan Garthwaite / TownHall Blog:
Ann Coulter Speaks At CPAC  —  Ann Coulter wasn't invited to CPAC this year but she came to CPAC anyway and gave a speech just down the hallway from the ballroom where John McCain spoke Thursday.  The speech was only open to 1000 attendees but you can watch it live here on
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