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8:15 PM ET, February 27, 2008


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Douglas Martin / New York Times:
William F. Buckley Jr. Is Dead at 82  —  William F. Buckley Jr., who marshaled polysyllabic exuberance, famously arched eyebrows and a refined, perspicacious mind to elevate conservatism to the center of American political discourse, died Wednesday at his home in Stamford, Conn.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008)  —  I'm devastated to report that our dear friend, mentor, leader, and founder William F. Buckley Jr., died this morning in his study in Stamford, Connecticut.  —  He died while at work; if he had been given a choice on how to depart this world, I suspect that would have been exactly it.
Rick Perlstein / Today's Ideas & Actions:
Why William F. Buckley Was My Role Model  —  William F. Buckley was my friend.  —  I'm hard on conservatives.  I get harder on them just about every day.  I call them “con men.”  I do so without apology.  And I cannot deny that William F. Buckley said and did many things over the course of his career that were disgusting as well.
John McCain / The Corner:
Bill Was a Great American
Discussion: Facing South
Jacob Sullum / Reason Magazine:
William F. Buckley, RIP
Discussion: The Opinionator
Ed Kilgore / Democratic Strategist:
RIP WFB  —  One usually begins an obituary by quickly identifying …
Discussion: The Agitator
Robert Poole / Reason:   William F. Buckley, Jr., RIP
Paper Cuts:
Q&A on William F. Buckley
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Washington Wire
Marc Ambinder:
Rove: Don't “Hussein” Obama  —  No less an authority figure than Karl Rove has warned Republican operatives from demagoguing Barack Obama's middle name.  —  At a closed door meeting of GOP state executive directors in late January, Rove said the safest way to refer to Obama would be to use his honorific, “Sen. Obama.”
Tom Humphrey / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Tenn. GOP stands by “Anti-Semites for Obama” piece  —  NASHVILLE - Tennessee Republican Chairman Robin Smith says she stands by the state party's use of “Barack Hussein Obama” in party criticism of the Democratic presidential candidate - even though John McCain says it's inappropriate.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA'S SILENCE ON KADDAFI  —  Can we ignore Sen. Obama's silence about Muammar Kaddafi?  —  We know that Louis Farrakhan has said positive things about Barack Obama.  And he's not the only one.  This is the same Louis Farrakhan who has travelled to Libya to meet with and say positive things …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Post-racial  —  Even white supremacists don't hate Obama.  —  David Duke was on the phone, talking about Barack Obama.  Yes, that David Duke: After a query lodged at his website, the infamous ex-Klansman had responded via a mysterious e-mail address—he appeared in my inbox as “info45.”
Discussion: Political Machine and Daimnation!
Rasmussen Reports:
24% Have Favorable Opinion of New York Times  —  Just 24% of American voters have a favorable opinion of the New York Times.  Forty-four percent (44%) have an unfavorable opinion and 31% are not sure.  The paper's ratings are much like a candidate's and divide sharply along partisan and ideological lines.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Sixty-Six Percent Say ‘Smear!’
Bob Kemper / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lewis says he's supporting Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Hoping to put an end to a month of confusion and dismay, Rep. John Lewis on Wednesday said he's switching his support from Sen. Hillary Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Lewis switches from Clinton to Obama  —  (CNN) — Rep. John Lewis has formally switched his support to Sen. Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, he told CNN affiliate WSB Wednesday.  —  The respected voice on civil rights was one of Sen. Hillary Clinton's most prominent African-American supporters.
Discussion: The Politico and Donklephant
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama also has news for McCain  —  Obama departed from his regular stump speech today in Columbus to respond to John McCain.  —  “John McCain may like to say he wants to follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of Hell, but so far all he's done is follow George Bush into a misguided war in Iraq,” he said.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Cunningham says McCain campaign told him to throw out the …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and American Street
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Micro Mark  —  Hillary Clinton's Svengali, Super Micro-Trend Pollster Mark Penn: ‘People Misunderstand,’ He Says Campaign ‘Never About the Small Things,’ And, ‘If We Lose, I Will Take My Share of the Responsibility’  —  ‘When you wake, you will have won!’  The Great  —  Penn-gali with Senator Hillary Clinton and
Andrew Romano / Newsweek Blogs:
Expertinent: Why the Obama “Brand” Is Working  —  Logo at left; ‘Change We Can Believe In’ is written in Obama's signature ‘Gotham’ typeface.  —  Expertinent is a regular Stumper column featuring interviews with experts on the news of the day.  (For more on Obama's branding, check out this addendum.)
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Rick Klein / Political Radar:
White House Blames Clintons for Document Delay  —  ABC News' Rick Klein Reports: The White House on Wednesday blamed the Clintons for a month-long delay in the release of some 11,000 pages of records relating to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's years as first lady, despite Sen. Clinton's contention …
Discussion: Hot Air and Ben Smith's Blogs
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Air Force Blocks Access to Many Blogs  —  The Air Force is tightening restrictions on which blogs its troops can read, cutting off access to just about any independent site with the word “blog” in its web address.  It's the latest move in a larger struggle within the military over the value — and hazards — of the sites.
Agence France Presse:
Automated killer robots ‘threat to humanity’: expert … Increasingly autonomous, gun-totting robots developed for warfare could easily fall into the hands of terrorists and may one day unleash a robot arms race, a top expert on artificial intelligence told AFP.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Begrudging His Bedazzling  —  A huge Ellen suddenly materialized behind Hillary on a giant screen, interrupting her speech Monday night at a fund-raiser at George Washington University in Washington.  —  What better way for a desperate Hillary to try and stop her rival from running off …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and TVNewser
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Maureen Dowd: Only Reason Hillary Is Still In Race Is Because Of Media's Benevolence
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Bush Aired Telecom Amnesty Attack On Congress, Despite Knowing It Was False
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WE ARE ALL INSIDERS NOW....Lee Gomes writes in the Wall Street Journal …
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