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3:55 PM ET, February 24, 2008

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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!
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.”
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.
Discussion: Commentary, WSJ.com, Booman Tribune and 23/6
Associated Press:
Nader running for president
Discussion: TVNewser and Gothamist
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
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GOING TO THE EXPERTS  —  Does Obama have a patriotism problem?
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama May Face Grilling on Patriotism
Discussion: Balloon Juice and RADAMISTO
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
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 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: DownWithTyranny!
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
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
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
 
 
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