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12:45 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.
Associated Press:
Nader running for president  —  Consumer advocate announces third-party bid on ‘Meet the Press’  —  WASHINGTON - Ralph Nader is launching a third-party campaign for president.  —  The consumer advocate made the announcement Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press.”
Discussion: Gothamist
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Ralph Nader running again — impact on the race?
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Yahoo! News:
Nader announces another presidential bid
CNN:
Ralph Nader enters presidential race
Discussion: Balkinization
MSNBC:
Ralph Nader
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Dispatch from Maryland  —  Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton, spoke at St. Mary's college in Maryland last week and offered a very frank assessment of the state of the Clinton campaign.  A Political Wire reader emails a summary:
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Clinton Supporter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Says Obama Will Get Nomination
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
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...
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’ ...
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
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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Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
New York Times editor blames readers for dustup over John McCain article
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.
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
Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol: ‘I Recommend The Politcs 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.
Massoud Ansari / Telegraph:
Pervez Musharraf ‘will exit in days, not months’  —  Pervez Musharraf is considering stepping down as president of Pakistan rather than waiting to be forced out by his victorious opponents, aides have told The Sunday Telegraph.  —  One close confidante said that the president believed …
 
 
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Matthew Yglesias:
Are You Experienced?  —  Scott Lemieux further elaborates …
SurveyUSA:
In Alabama and California, Little Difference Which Democrat …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GOING TO THE EXPERTS  —  Does Obama have a patriotism problem?
Dan Gerstein / The Politico:
End a superproblem with a superconvention
Editor and Publisher:
Head of Iraqi Journalists Union Shot, Seriously Wounded
Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times:
Serbia grapples with Kosovo move
Telegraph:
Artist hanged herself after aborting her twins
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
¿Quién Es Less Macho?
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Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
The real reason why the rich see America's problems differently
Discussion: Angry Bear
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Audacity of Hopelessness
Rolling Stone:
The Myth of the Surge  —  Hoping to turn enemies into allies …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Researchers Find Way to Steal Encrypted Data
Discussion: Pajamas Media and abu muqawama
RickinVa / Brutally Honest:
What Media Bias  —  Verum Serum brings us the MSM Bias Moment of the Day:
Discussion: Verum Serum
Michael Powell / New York Times:
On Center Stage, a Candidate Letting His Confidence Show
Discussion: protein wisdom and TalkLeft
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama: I'd get different treatment if I lost as much as Clinton
Matthew Yglesias:
The Re-Up  —  I think the NAFTA mailing that comes …
Discussion: The Newshoggers, Open Left and Digg