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11:00 PM ET, February 22, 2008

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Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
From the Fact Check Desk: Obama's Army Anecdote  —  At last night's debate in Texas, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, told an anecdote about an Army captain that is causing a lot of chatter in the political world.  —  Obama was making a point about what he called “the single …
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Associated Press:
Fact check: Obama's platoon story  —  WASHINGTON - Democrat Barack Obama says the war in Iraq, which he opposes, has pulled troops away from Afghanistan and left soldiers there without proper equipment.  —  He underscored his point in the Democratic debate Thursday by telling a story …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Matthew Yglesias:
Platoon  —  Conservatives have been all over Barack Obama (here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here) for telling the following anecdote during last night's debate: … Basically, as you can see if you check the conservative blogs above …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Obama's Captain Speaks  —  Although his identity is withheld.  —  Jake Tapper spoke to the guy, and he claims to find him credible.  He re-tells Obama's tale.  —  Still sounds like bulls**t, but here's what the guy's saying. … This continues sounding like pure bulls**t …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Stuart Koehl / Weekly Standard:
Obama Heard Wrong  —  There is a lot about Obama's story that makes no sense.  Let us start with the opening line: … Well, captains command companies, not rifle platoons.  A rifle platoon is normally commanded by a 2nd lieutenant, sometimes (if short handed) by a senior sergeant.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Warner Questions Obama's Story  —  Senator John Warner sent a letter to Barack Obama this afternoon regarding his comments during last night's debate alleging ammunition and other equipment shortages in Afghanistan.  Warner refers to Obama's comments as “a disturbing framework of factual allegations.”
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
ABC interviews Obama's Army source for last night's ammo shortage …
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:   “Sent to Iraq”  —  I've received tons of e-mail about Obama's …
Phillip Carter / intel-dump.com:   Obama And The 39-Man Rifle Platoon
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
A Hole in McCain's Defense?  —  An apparent contradiction in his response to lobbyist story.  —  A sworn deposition that Sen. John McCain gave in a lawsuit more than five years ago appears to contradict one part of a sweeping denial that his campaign issued this week to rebut a New York Times story …
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Washington Post:
Paxson Contradicts McCain Campaign on Meetings  —  Broadcaster Says He Met with Senator Several Weeks Before Letters to FCC Were Sent  —  Broadcaster Lowell “Bud” Paxson today contradicted statements from Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign that the senator did not meet with Paxson …
Matthew Philips / Newsweek:
McCain's ‘Free Ride’  —  A critic on the senator's cozy ties to the press corps.  —  This week the New York Times made news with a front-page story on John McCain's relationship with a telecommunications lobbyist.  The story hinted at a possible romantic entanglement and raised questions …
The Big Blog:
Why we didn't run the McCain story
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
McCain's Cronies: Ya Gotta Have Friends
Discussion: Salon, MoJoBlog and The Seminal
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Michelle Obama thesis was on racial divide  —  Michelle Obama's senior year thesis at Princeton University, obtained exclusively from the campaign by Politico, shows a document written by a young woman grappling with a society in which a black Princeton alumnus might only be allowed to remain “on the periphery.”
Jack Douglas Jr / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Secret Service defends security at Obama rally in Dallas  —  JLD@STAR-TELEGRAM.COM … FORT WORTH — The U.S. Secret Service on Friday defended its handling of security during a massive rally in downtown Dallas for Barack Obama, saying there was no “lapse” in its “comprehensive and layered security plan …
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UPI:   Secret Service says Obama rally was secure
CNN:
Officer in Clinton motorcade killed in accident
Discussion: Associated Press
Ralph Nader / Associated Press:
Nader considering another White House run  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Ralph Nader could be poised for another third party presidential campaign.  —  The consumer advocate will appear on NBC's “Meet the Press” on Sunday.  Nader launched his 2004 presidential run on the show.
Matt / Think Progress:
Coburn: ‘I Think It Was Probably A Mistake Going To Iraq’  —  During a town hall meeting in Muskogee, Oklahoma this past weekend, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) admitted that it was “a mistake” for the United States to invade Iraq in 2003.  “I will tell you personally that I think it was probably …
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Obama: is America ready for this dangerous leftwinger?  —  Listen to the rhetoric of Barack Obama ...  For most ordinary Americans, those not encumbered with an expensive education or infected by prolonged exposure to cosmopolitan heterodoxy, patriotism is a consequence of birth.
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:   Peggy Noonan: The Obamas Are Unpatriotic Liberal Snobs
Evan Smith / Poll Dancing:
Hillary: Seat Michigan, Florida Delegates  —  I just finished a thirty-minute interview with Hillary Clinton — it will air statewide next week, just before the Texas primary, on “Texas Monthly Talks” — and among the topics we discussed was the controversy over whether the Michigan …
 
 
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