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1:15 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.”
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, AMERICAblog and Sister Toldjah
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
The Politico:   Nader enters in boon to GOP
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
Yahoo! News:
Nader announces another presidential bid
CNN:
Ralph Nader enters presidential race
Discussion: Balkinization
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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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Ali Waked / Ynetnews:
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol: ‘I Recommend The Politics Of Fear’
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
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 Earlier Items: 
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Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
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Discussion: Angry Bear
Massoud Ansari / Telegraph:
Pervez Musharraf ‘will exit in days, not months’
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
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