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3:55 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.
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.
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 …
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 and MyDD
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 …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:   Reporter initially defended Chelsea comment
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.
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: John Bolton makes the case for McCain at CPAC
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Bolton As McCain's Secretary Of State?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Think Progress
Michelle Malkin:
“Stay positive and stay focused”
Discussion: Riehl World View
Deep Background / MSNBC:
American al-Qaida member missing?  —  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 and has appeared …
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 …
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.
Attila Girl / Little Miss Attila:   The Blogger of the Year Title
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
Hannity's Afternoon Meltdown  —  Boy, oh boy.  Something is happening with the ‘true’ conservatives on AM Talk Radio.  I tuned into Hannity see what had happened today and the guy just went off on what can only be described as a lick-spittle tirade!  Apparently Rich Galen wrote a piece today …
Rich Galen /   Rush, Sean, and Laura
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.
New York Times:
State of Washington Is the Contest du Jour  —  TACOMA, Wash. — Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama crisscrossed Washington State on Friday, drawing standing-room-only crowds as they campaigned only miles apart on the eve of Saturday's Democratic caucuses.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Colin Powell / CNN:
Colin Powell may support Democrat or Independent in '08  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican who served under President Bush, said Friday he may not back the GOP presidential nominee in November, telling CNN that “I am keeping my options open at the moment.”
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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
William Glaberson / New York Times:
6 Guantánamo Detainees Are Said to Face Trial Over 9/11  —  Military prosecutors are in the final phases of preparing the first sweeping case against suspected conspirators in the plot that led to the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001, and drew the United States into war …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
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