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6:55 PM ET, February 23, 2008

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Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
What That McCain Article Didn't Say  —  BILL KELLER, the executive editor of The Times, said the article about John McCain that appeared in Thursday's paper was about a man nearly felled by scandal who rebuilt himself as a fighter against corruption but is still “careless about appearances …
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Matthew Yglesias:
McCain's Lying Problem  —  It's weird to think of something so random as a ten year-old purchase of a television station in Pittsburgh as posing a major political problem for John McCain, but much more so than other politicians he's made the myth of some kind of preternatural powers of honestness central to his persona.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
New York Times vs.  —  John McCain  —  All the rumors fit to print.  —  Shortly after sundown on Wednesday night, the New York Times posted on its website a long story about John McCain, a female lobbyist, and the relationship—professional and perhaps personal—between the two.
Discussion: Power Line
Emptywheel:
McCain's Favors for Iseman Involved Helping Far Right-Wing Families …
Discussion: D-Day and Daily Kos
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown: Did The NY Times Give The Right Wing Noise Machine …
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Clinton Slams Obama Tactics  —  CINCINNATI - Accusing the Obama campaign of using tactics “that are right out of Karl Rove's playbook,” Senator Hillary Clinton angrily denounced Senator Barack Obama on Saturday for sending fliers to Ohio voters that she called misleading and false.
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
HRC: ‘Shame on you, Barack Obama’  —  CINCINNATI, Ohio — Hillary Rodham Clinton ripped Barack Obama Saturday for mailings his campaign is sending to Ohio voters that Clinton said distorted her record on NAFTA and universal health care.  —  “Shame on you, Barack Obama,” …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Clinton: Obama untested, just like Bush was  —  CINCINNATI — Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton lashed out at rival Barack Obama today for using a strategy out of “Karl Rove's playbook” by making grandiose speeches of hope while sending Ohioans what she called …
John Nichols / The Nation:
FEINGOLD: “I VOTED FOR BARACK OBAMA”...
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Soldiering On, but Somber as the Horizon Darkens  —  To her longtime friends, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton sounds unusually philosophical on the phone these days.  She rarely uses phrases like “when I'm president” anymore.  Somber at times, determined at others, she talks to aides …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA DEFENDS ‘LIBERAL’ LABEL  —  From NBC/NJ's Aswini Anburajan  —  AUSTIN, Texas — In the shadow of the state capitol that provided the United States with one of the most conservative presidents in recent history, Obama last night railed against the charge that being “liberal” was a bad thing.
Discussion: Open Left and TalkLeft
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Yes, The DLC Supports Obama  —  There is something both sad and hilarious about Kagro X's outrage that that the DLC and Lieber-types like Dan Gerstein are on the Obama bandwagon: … This is sad and hilarious because not for one moment can Kagro imagine WHY the DLC and Dan Gerstein might support Barack Obama.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
McConnell/Mukasey: Eavesdropping outside of FISA is “illegal”  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  The White House yesterday escalated its most brazen, Orwellian campaign of the last eight years — shrilly accusing House Democrats of jeopardizing the nation's security by allowing …
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Graham Keeley / Telegraph:
Freed dissidents expose Castro's brutal regime  —  Four dissidents freed this week after five years in inhumane conditions in a Cuban prison have revealed the dark side of Fidel Castro's regime.  —  The four - José Gabriel Ramón Castillo, Omar Pernet Hernández …
Lisa Girion / Los Angeles Times:
Health Net ordered to pay $9 million after canceling cancer patient's policy  —  The punitive damage award is the first of its kind and has prompted the giant medical insurer to scrap practices that have recently come under fire.  —  One of California's largest for-profit insurers stopped …
Discussion: On Deadline
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Thomas Watkins / Associated Press:
Cut-off cancer patient to get $9M
Discussion: Wizbang and Mercury Rising
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Why doesn't negative campaigning work like it used to?  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton apparently thought that she had a killer sound bite during Thursday's debate when she ripped Barack Obama as a promoter of “change your can Xerox.”  —  Instead, the audience booed …
Elizabeth Rubin / New York Times:
Battle Company Is Out There  —  WE TUMBLED OUT of two Black Hawks onto a shrub-dusted mountainside.  It was a windy, cold October evening.  A half-moon illuminated the tall pines and peaks.  Through night-vision goggles the soldiers and landscape glowed in a blurry green-and-white static.
 
 
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Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Redstate
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Associated Press:
Rice says no interest in veep spot
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