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2:10 PM ET, February 24, 2008

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Reuters:
Consumer advocate Nader starts presidential bid  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader said on Sunday that he is launching another long shot independent campaign for president of the United States.  —  Nader, who will turn 74 this week, announced his presidential bid on NBC's …
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Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Nader announces new bid for White House  —  WASHINGTON - Ralph Nader said Sunday he will run for president as a third-party candidate, criticizing the top White House contenders as too close to big business and pledging to repeat a bid that will “shift the power from the few to the many.”
The Politico:
Nader enters in boon to GOP  —  Ralph Nader announced on NBC's “Meet the Press” that he'll run as a third-party, anti-corporate candidate for president this fall, which would be likely to drain votes from the Democratic nominee and provide a huge boon to Republicans.
Discussion: The Swamp, American Power and Open Left
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Nader An Oh-Eighter  —  Barack Obama can now point to someone running to his left as evidence of his moderateness.  Ralph Nader has announced that he will run for President in 2008, giving Democrats another potential headache in the fall, albeit a small one:
Discussion: BBC and AMERICAblog
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Ralph Nader Will Run For President Again But Faces Different Political Landscape
Discussion: WSJ.com
James Fallows:
Ralph Nader: tragedy to farce
Discussion: The Caucus and Roger Ailes
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Ralph Nader running again — impact on the race?
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Associated Press:
Nader running for president
Discussion: TVNewser and Gothamist
Yahoo! News:
Nader announces another presidential bid
CNN:   Ralph Nader enters presidential race
The Politico:
Clinton camp divided on strategy  —  As Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign wages what could be its last stand, aides are wrestling with a strategic dilemma centered on how sharply she should make the case that Sen. Barack Obama is unprepared to be commander in chief during a time of urgent national security challenges.
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Saturday Night Live Pulls One Out for Hillary  —  (Updated to include video).  Comments now closed.)  —  Do not miss the You Tube of Tina Fey's commentary on Saturday Night Live last night when it comes out.  It was incredible.  My DD has a rough transcript of the last part. … More...
Matthew Yglesias:
Are You Experienced?  —  Scott Lemieux further elaborates on the trouble with the Hillary Clinton experience argument: … I think the point in the parenthesis is key.  If you win a primary on an “experience” argument, then you'd damn well better be more experienced than your general election opponent.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN EMBRACES OBAMA HOAX EMAIL  —  Overtime, and pretty quickly now, it'll make sense to keep a list of stuff like this.  On Friday night's Bill Maher show, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) claimed that Barack Obama refuses to say the pledge of allegiance to the American flag.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol: ‘I Recommend The Politics Of Fear’  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, New York Times columnist Bill Kristol recommended that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) employ the “politics of fear” to attack Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL): … Kristol explained that his fear-mongering political strategy would focus on Iran.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Assassination ‘Would Leave Road Paved for McCain’ ...  One of the most disturbing questions that Barack Obama's candidacy raises is this: What if he were murdered?  If Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination and was gunned down before November, what effect would this have on the presidential race?
Discussion: PoliGazette
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Francisco Martín Moreno / WORLDMEETS.US:   Obama Assassination ‘Would Leave Road Paved for McCain’ ...
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Obama, not Clinton, favored over McCain  —  Whether Iowa turns red or blue in the fall presidential election may have a lot to do with which Democrat is on the ballot against Republican John McCain, according to a new Iowa Poll by The Des Moines Register.  —  Barack Obama would carry Iowa …
Discussion: The Washington Note and The Page
Telegraph:
Artist hanged herself after aborting her twins  —  An artist killed herself after aborting her twins when she was eight weeks pregnant, leaving a note saying: “I should never have had an abortion.  I see now I would have been a good mum.”  —  Emma Beck was found hanging at her home in Helston, Cornwall, on Feb 1 2007.
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Obama's Red-State Prospects Unclear  —  For Democrats desperate to reclaim the White House, the numbers have been tantalizing.  —  In winning Tuesday's primary in the key swing state of Wisconsin, Sen. Barack Obama drew support from tens of thousands of Republicans and independents.
The Politico:
Why the right reluctantly defended McCain  —  Conservative leaders often portray their political mission in moralistic terms: right vs. wrong.  But their reaction to a news report that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) might have had an inappropriate relationship with a female lobbyist shows …
 
 
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Rolling Stone:
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Hillary Clinton / CNN:
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