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3:30 AM ET, February 27, 2008


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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.
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:
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.
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
The Democratic Debate in Cleveland  —  9 p.m. |  Taking the Stage: Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama have taken the stage for the grip and grin with local officials.  They have not acknowledged each other yet.  They're taking their seats, having some water.  The debate table is a big shiny black oval.
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
John M. Broder / International Herald Tribune:
A humbler Bill Clinton
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats Clash on Health, Trade and Rival Tactics
Discussion: The Politico
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Hillary -Obama: Ohio Debate Live Thread I
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RUSSERT'S LOWEST MOMENT (AND THAT'S SAYING A LOT)  —  I discussed this in the live debate blog.  But I think it's worth going back and watching Russert's run of shame here.  I would say it was borderline to bring up the issue of Farrakhan at all.  But perhaps since it's getting some media play …
Discussion: Donklephant
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.
Discussion: The Corner and Spin Cycle
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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?
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 …
Michael Asher / DailyTech:
Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling  —  A twelve-month long drop in world temperatures erases global warming  —  Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded.  China has its coldest winter in 100 years.  Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history.
Trymaine Lee / New York Times:
Upset Sends Democrat to Albany  —  ALBANY — In a major victory for Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his party, a Democratic assemblyman won a stunning upset in a State Senate election on Tuesday in a district that has been in Republican hands for a century.  —  The win reduces the Republicans' majority …
Discussion: Open Left
William Kates / Associated Press:
Aubertine defeats Barclay, gives Democrats upset win in special election
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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?
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.
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Jamil Anderlini / Financial Times:
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Comcast Astroturfs the Old-Fashioned Way
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New York Review of Books:
A Solution for the US-Iran Nuclear Standoff
Dirty Harry / LIBERTAS:
Hollywood And The Trendy New “Terrorist” Ribbon
Discussion: Media Blog
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Okay, enough with the shoe shopping. Let's live-blog the big debate.
Marc Ambinder:
Vantage Point  —  On substance: Clinton.  On style: Obama.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
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Matt / Think Progress:
McCain: 'It Doesn't Matter' If Indicted Congressman Renzi …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Stephen Green / Vodkapundit:
Debate Drunkblogging — LIVE!
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Post Debate Thread
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Richardson: Endorsement could come ‘within days’
Discussion: Boston Globe
Kate O'Beirne / The Corner:
Harvard Beats Yale
General: ‘No reason to doubt’ Obama's story
Discussion: Liberal Values and The RBC
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