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4:20 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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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
James Fallows:
Ralph Nader: tragedy to farce  —  I have liked and admired Ralph Nader so much.  I first worked for him when I was in my teens (and he was in his 30s).  Under his auspices, encouragement, and relentless pressure, I'd written two books for his organization by the time I was 23 — if only I'd been able to keep up that pace!
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Ralph Nader Will Run For President Again But Faces Different Political Landscape  —  Onetime iconic consumer advocate Ralph Nader has announced yet another run for the White House — but past-campaign political hubris plus a loss of a big chunk of his previous voting constituency is unlikely to make him a major factor.
Associated Press:
Nader running for president
Discussion: Gothamist and TVNewser
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Ralph Nader running again — impact on the race?
Discussion: The Politico and Politics Plus
ABCNEWS:   Ralph Nader Running for President — Again
Yahoo! News:
Nader announces another presidential bid
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.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
EXPERIENCE....Riffing off Scott Lemieux, Matt Yglesias takes …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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Brooks Jackson / FactCheck.org:
Obama Mailings ‘False’?  —  Clinton says Democrats should be “outraged.”  You be the judge.  —  Clinton said “every Democrat should be outraged” at two “false” mailers that Obama sent to voters in Ohio.  —  We find that a mailer criticizing her position on trade is indeed misleading.
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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...
Sweetness & Light:
Obama Wore Muslim Garb During Kenya Trip?  —  A poster named “Bannie” at Free Republic has noted a photo that appeared in the February 4, 2008 edition of the notoriously unreliable supermarket tabloid, the National Examiner: … It appeared in the following National Examiner article:
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
Colin McEnroe / Hartford Courant:
The Lobbyist, The Drudge, The Times, The Fixer  —  The older I get, the less I want to know about anybody else's sex life.  If you put a picture face down in front of me and told me it was Tiger Woods and Lindsay Lohan engaged in an act of lewd and lascivious congress, I would not turn it over.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
White House backtracks on claims of lost intelligence  —  Hours after chiding Congress for not finishing a wiretapping bill and leaving the nation ‘vulnerable to terrorist attack,’ officials acknowledge all requested information is being received.  —  WASHINGTON — A day after warning …
Discussion: The Corner
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
DNC to File FEC Complaint Against McCain Campaign  —  John McCain's attempted politically motivated gaming of the public financing system is already drawing the attention of the Federal Elections Commisssion, with the chairman of the FEC firing off a letter to McCain's presidential campaign asking …
Discussion: Hold Fast and DownWithTyranny!
Ali Waked / Ynetnews:
New excuse for Qassams: Prophet cartoons  —  Six rockets fired at western Negev since Sunday morning.  After siege on Gaza and targeted killings, this time Qassams fired ‘in response to Muhammad caricatures published in Denmark’  —  After the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip and the targeted killings …
Discussion: Wake up America and Gateway Pundit
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’ ...
Discussion: Macsmind
 
 
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The McCain Flap  —  It was extremely pleasant not to have to respond …
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Editor and Publisher:
Head of Iraqi Journalists Union Shot, Seriously Wounded
Telegraph:
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The Politico:
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
¿Quién Es Less Macho?
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
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Discussion: Angry Bear
Massoud Ansari / Telegraph:
Pervez Musharraf ‘will exit in days, not months’
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Obama's Red-State Prospects Unclear