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12:10 AM ET, February 27, 2008


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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
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.
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.
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.
Candidates go on the attack in Ohio  —  Clinton seeks to slow Obama's momentum in debate on MSNBC  —  CLEVELAND - Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois came under a full-out assault Tuesday night from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York in their last debate before crucial primaries in Ohio …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Hillary -Obama: Ohio Debate Live Thread I
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 …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain disavows comments about Obama
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Military fears ‘unknown quantity’  —  Members of Washington's military and defense establishment are expressing trepidation about Sen. Barack Obama, as the Illinois senator comes closer to winning the Democratic presidential nomination and leads in national polls to become commander in chief.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
John Solomon's Washington Times Presents The Next Obama Smear: Military “Fears” Him
Discussion: Angry Bear and City Desk
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.
Amanda Marcotte / Pandagon:
Gah … Yes, there is.  If you think abortion and other forms of contraceptive birth control should be legal—i.e. that women should have the legal right to decide when they have children—you are pro-choice.  Even if you still reserve the right to judge them for it.
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.
Abbie Ruzicka /
To accommodate Muslim students, Harvard tries women-only gym hours  —  Harvard University has moved to make Muslim women more comfortable in the gym by instituting women-only access times six hours a week to accommodate religious customs that make it difficult for some students to work out in the presence of men.
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?
Discussion: American Spectator
Richardson: Endorsement could come ‘within days’  —  (CNN) — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson Tuesday suggested he may endorse a former rival in the Democratic White House race sometime this week.  —  In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer set to air at 6 p.m. hour of The Situation Room …
Discussion: Boston Globe
Kate O'Beirne / The Corner:
Harvard Beats Yale  —  He was cool, comfortable, and self-assured.  She was tense, resentful, and annoyed.  She whined.  Her “attacks” — like Obama's neglect of his oversight subcommittee duties - failed.  Hillary Clinton seemed to be desperately clawing her way to a win while Obama was enjoying a refreshing ocean breeze.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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