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11:40 AM 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 run for president  —  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.”
CNN:
Ralph Nader enters presidential race  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Ralph Nader is entering the presidential race as an independent, he announced Sunday.  —  In an interview with NBC's “Meet the Press,” the consumer advocate said great changes in U.S. history have come “through little parties that never won any national election.”
Discussion: Balkinization
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Ralph Nader running again — impact on the race?
Discussion: The Politico
MSNBC:
Ralph Nader
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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  —  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...  At Fey's first sentence, mentioning that Hillary …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Audacity of Hopelessness  —  WHEN people one day look back at the remarkable implosion of the Hillary Clinton campaign, they may notice that it both began and ended in the long dark shadow of Iraq.  —  It's not just that her candidacy's central premise — the priceless value of …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Obama: I'd get different treatment if I lost as much as Clinton  —  (CNN) — Hillary Clinton's campaign says it remains upbeat about the New York senator's White House chances, but rival Barack Obama said Saturday he would likely be treated differently if his campaign had suffered a similar string of losses as her's.
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
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
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 …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
¿Quién Es Less Macho?  —  If this is truly the Decline and Fall of the Clinton Empire, it is marked by one freaky stroke of bad luck and one striking historical irony.  —  How likely is it that a woman who finally unfetters herself from one superstar then finds herself eclipsed by another?
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Vox Popoli
Editor and Publisher:
Head of Iraqi Journalists Union Shot, Seriously Wounded  —  BAGHDAD The head of the Iraqi Journalists' Union was shot and seriously wounded on Saturday, police and union officials said.  —  Union chief Shihab al-Timimi was shot by unidentified gunmen as he was being driven to an art gallery in Waziriya, near central Baghdad.
 
 
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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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN EMBRACES OBAMA HOAX EMAIL
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times:
Serbia grapples with Kosovo move
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Hear No Evil  —  Are House Democrats serious about national security?
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
The real reason why the rich see America's problems differently
Discussion: Angry Bear
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
 Earlier Items: 
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Obama's Red-State Prospects Unclear
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
RickinVa / Brutally Honest:
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Discussion: Verum Serum
Michael Powell / New York Times:
On Center Stage, a Candidate Letting His Confidence Show
Discussion: protein wisdom and TalkLeft
Amy Harmon / New York Times:
Fear of Insurance Trouble Leads Many to Shun or Hide DNA Tests
Kirk Murphy / Firedoglake:
Ugh! Frankenfoods Again?
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
After the War, a New Battle to Become Citizens
Discussion: The Agonist
Matthew Yglesias:
The Re-Up  —  I think the NAFTA mailing that comes …
Discussion: The Newshoggers, Open Left, CNN and Digg
Reuters:
Springsteen, Young join anti-war soundtrack
Discussion: NewsBusters.org