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6:30 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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MSNBC:
‘Meet the Press’ transcript for Feb. 24, 2008  —  Ralph Nader, David Brooks, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michele Norris, Chuck Todd  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Many Democrats accuse this man of draining votes from Al Gore, which helped elect George W. Bush in 2000.
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.
James Fallows:
Ralph Nader: tragedy to farce
Discussion: MoJoBlog, 23/6, PoliGazette and Roger Ailes
Associated Press:
Nader running for president
Discussion: Gothamist and TVNewser
Ralph Nader / You Decide 08!:
NADER ANNOUNCES HE WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT
Discussion: Political Radar
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
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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Sweetness & Light:
Obama Wore Muslim Garb During Kenya Trip  —  [Note: please see the update posted below.  The photograph is authentic.]  —  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:
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Lapel Pin Patriotism, Round Two  —  I thought we had already dispatched this nonsense once, but it appears to have resurfaced with Nedra Pickler's insightful piece: … Doing due diligence to get the story right, Nedra goes to an expert for his opinion:
Discussion: RADAMISTO
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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The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton Mocks Barack Obama During Campaign Rally  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign is on its last legs after suffering a string of defeats to her rival Barack Obama.  Clinton made the decision to go negative in an effort to halt Obama's rising momentum.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
EXPERIENCE....Riffing off Scott Lemieux, Matt Yglesias takes a pot shot at Hillary Clinton's claim to be the “experienced” candidate: … This obviously gets into the realm of pure spin since “experience” is such an amorphous quality, but I really think that Obama partisans are missing the point here.
Discussion: TalkLeft and American Street
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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.
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!
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 …
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...
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Raul Castro Succeeds Fidel as President of Cuba  —  Fidel Castro's brother, Raúúl, was named president of Cuba on Sunday, preserving a nearly half-century socialist dynasty that brought free schools and health care to all Cubans as well as political repression.
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Anita Snow / Associated Press:
Raul Castro becomes Cuba's leader
 
 
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Matthew Yglesias:
Tax and Deregulate  —  To offer some further thoughts on Iceland …
Discussion: The RBC
World Politics Review:
Turkey's Iraq Incursion: Barzani Draws the Line
Anthony H. Cordesman / Washington Post:
Two Winnable Wars
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The McCain Flap  —  It was extremely pleasant not to have to respond …
Colin McEnroe / Hartford Courant:
The Lobbyist, The Drudge, The Times, The Fixer
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ali Waked / Ynetnews:
New excuse for Qassams: Prophet cartoons
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Obama, not Clinton, favored over McCain
 Earlier Items: 
Telegraph:
Artist hanged herself after aborting her twins
The Politico:
Why the right reluctantly defended McCain
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Assassination ‘Would Leave Road Paved for McCain’ ...
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
The real reason why the rich see America's problems differently
Discussion: Angry Bear
Massoud Ansari / Telegraph:
Pervez Musharraf ‘will exit in days, not months’
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Obama's Red-State Prospects Unclear