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10:35 AM ET, February 24, 2008

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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  —  Political Wire has this item about comments by Clinton supporter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend — and Townsend's analysis makes us wonder if she reads The Moderate Voice.  Most of this analysis is what we've been saying on this site:
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.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and PoliGazette
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and LewRockwell.com Blog
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Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
New York Times editor blames readers for dustup over John McCain article
Yahoo! News:
Nader announces another presidential bid  —  AP - Ralph Nader is launching a third-party campaign for president.  The consumer advocate made the announcement Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press.”  He says most Americans are disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties …
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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?
Discussion: Economists for Obama
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
The real reason why the rich see America's problems differently  —  Are the rich just like us?  In one sense they are - they eat, sleep and defecate just like everyone else.  They love, cry and die - just like everyone else.  But when you're dealing with policy - no, they aren't just like everyone else.
Discussion: Angry Bear
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TalkLeft
Michael Powell / New York Times:
On Center Stage, a Candidate Letting His Confidence Show  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — Barack Obama has a Barcalounger manner about him these days, padding about those campaign stages like a man commanding his den.  —  Mr. Obama is on an electoral roll, polls show him pulling closer in Ohio and Texas …
Discussion: protein wisdom and TalkLeft
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA DEFENDS ‘LIBERAL’ LABEL
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Hear No Evil  —  Are House Democrats serious about national security?  —  On February 16, last year's bipartisan legislation governing the collection of foreign intelligence and protecting from liability all persons who comply with federal directives to assist in such collection …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
PLAYING POLITICS WITH NATIONAL SECURITY
Discussion: Political Machine
Matthew Yglesias:
The Re-Up  —  I think the NAFTA mailing that comes in for secondary discussion in this article is harsh but well within the bounds of basic politics.  The health care flier is, however, pretty seriously dishonest as other Obama fans have noted in earlier incarnations.
Discussion: Open Left
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Rolling Stone:
The Myth of the Surge  —  Hoping to turn enemies into allies …
John Markoff / New York Times:
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RickinVa / Brutally Honest:
What Media Bias  —  Verum Serum brings us the MSM Bias Moment of the Day:
Discussion: Verum Serum
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Reuters:
Springsteen, Young join anti-war soundtrack
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Peter—the wager.  —  I still maintain that the Clintons …