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1:00 AM ET, February 27, 2008


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Niall Stanage / New York Observer:
Panetta's Lament: They Had No Plan  —  The argument that the constant carping about Hillary Clinton's campaign has been a function of an Obama-friendly, process-obsessed media is well and good.  But how, then, to explain the deeply held dissatisfaction of an old Clinton loyalist like Leon Panetta?
Michelle Malkin:
Yep, another Democrat debate...and another Hillary Clinton Cackle Count; Update: Hillary denies knowledge of Obama African robe photo; Hillary whines, Obama keeps cool; Update: Obama questioned about Farrakhan/Pastor Jeremiah Wright; Update: Pop quiz!  Name Putin's successor; Hillary: “I still intend to do everything I can to win”
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Hillary's last stand  —  Tonight's MSNBC debate is make or break for a candidacy on the brink  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium on February 25, 2008 in Washington, DC.  —  WASHINGTON - In many ways, tonight is Sen. Hillary Clinton's last stand.
Senator Hillary Clinton / New York Times:
The Democratic Debate in Cleveland  —  The following is a transcript of the Democratic presidential debate on MSNBC in Cleveland, Ohio, as provided by the Federal News Service and CQ Transcriptions via The Associated Press.  —  PARTICIPANTS:  —  SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-IL)  —  MODERATORS:
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Hillary -Obama: Ohio Debate Live Thread I
Frank James / The Swamp:
McCain apologizes for radio host's Obama attack  —  I think we can safely say Bill “Willie” Cunningham, a conservative radio talk show host in Cincinnati, won't be showing up at any more rallies for Sen. John McCain.  —  It's never a good idea for someone who's sole job is to fire up the crowd …
Digby / Hullabaloo:   Honor and Integrity  —  When a radio gasbag introduced him today …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton's superdelegates rejecting pleas to switch  —  House Democrats supporting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) are rejecting Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (Calif.) plea that lawmakers not overrule voters should they be in a position to decide who will be the Democratic presidential nominee.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats Clash on Health, Trade and Rival Tactics
Discussion: The Politico
Obama, BigLaw, and Taxes(Or: Obama = $34,000 Paycut)  —  [Ed. note: Today we bring you some “news you can use”: a practical look at how political choices might affect your personal finances.  This post is by Ted Frank, who blogs at and, and who has guest edited ATL in the past.
Sweetness & Light:
Another Photo Of Obama In Muslim Garb?  —  Here we go again.  Maybe.  —  This is an undated and un-captioned photograph that appears on the (highly partisan) website “Freedom's Enemies”: … And, if it is real, it is once again from the Associated Press.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging Cleveland  —  10.36 pm.  Obama won it - quite easily.  It was overwhelming before the final break.  But decisive nonetheless.  I can't see how she manages to rescue her campaign now.  And his momentum will continue.  It's over, right?  —  10.29 pm.  A nice classy semi-closer from Obama.
Marc Ambinder:
Vantage Point  —  On substance: Clinton.  On style: Obama.  —  You cannot, said Chesterton, love a thing without wanting to fight for it.  If Clinton was the underdog tonight, she kept the upper dog on the defensive for most of the night.  Near the end, for example …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
General: ‘No reason to doubt’ Obama's story  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Army chief of staff Gen. George Casey, testifying on troop strain before the Senate Armed Forces Committee Tuesday, said there is “no reason to doubt” Sen. Barack Obama's military shortage story during CNN's debate in Austin, Texas, last week.
Discussion: Liberal Values and The RBC
Stephen Green / Vodkapundit:
Debate Drunkblogging — LIVE!  —  6:53pm (Mountain, as usual) Who has the worse pregame show — CNN with Lou Dobbs and his giant orange head, or MSNBC and Keith Olberman's giant little penis?  It's a tough call.  I should warn you that Melissa and I started in on the Chianti early tonight, and I've since moved on to gin martinis.
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
A TENSE NIGHT COMES TO AN END  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  Phew, the entire debate had a very tense feel; a combination of two very competitive Democratic candidates and two very tough questioners.  Both candidates were put on the spot and survived.  Clinton came armed with her own material …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Gotcha BS  —  Good for Hil getting the name of the new president of Russia right (more or less).  Catty of Russert to ask.  She got the essential part of the question right — he's Putin's marionette.  Did she really need to know the guy's name off the top of her head to convince us she understood what's happening in Russia?
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Donklephant
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Okay, enough with the shoe shopping. Let's live-blog the big debate.
Jules Crittenden:
Gunga Din  —  I was steering clear of that comparison …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Don Surber
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain: 'It Doesn't Matter' If Indicted Congressman Renzi …
Discussion: Emptywheel
William Kates / Associated Press:
Aubertine defeats Barclay, gives Democrats upset win in special election
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Post Debate Thread
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Richardson: Endorsement could come ‘within days’
Discussion: Boston Globe
Robert Piggott / BBC:
Turkey in radical revision of Islamic texts
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Discussion: Babalu Blog
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Lewis Black: “Leave Mike Huckabee ALOOOOONE!!!”
Abbie Ruzicka /
To accommodate Muslim students, Harvard tries women-only gym hours
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
‘A bullet right in the hearts of our troops’
Discussion: Daily Kos and AMERICAblog
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Film's casting call wants that ‘inbred’ look
Hillary Clinton / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Campaign Response To New York Times Rejected
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Military fears ‘unknown quantity’