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10:10 AM ET, February 27, 2008


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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 …
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:
Digby / Hullabaloo:
How Do We Defeat Tim Russert?  —  The country wants change.  They want Washington to stop all the partisan bickering and they want a different tone.  They want their government to be serious and deal with real problems.  —  Can someone please explain to me how that can possibly happen until something …
Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Obama Blows his ‘Sister Soujah’ Moment  —  Clinton fights for children and families.  —  She fights for women's rights around the world.  —  She fights for health care.  She fights for veterans' health care too.  —  After a year in the primary season, Hillary Clinton has found her theme: I'm a fighter.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Clang-Fest in Cleveland
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Gotcha BS  —  Good for Hil getting the name of the new president …
Quinnipiac University:
February 27, 2008 - Young Voters Help Obama Narrow Gap In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; McCain Runs Neck And Neck Against Either Democrat  —  Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, surging among younger voters, has cut Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead among Pennsylvania likely Democratic primary voters …
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
McCain has edge over Democrats  —  The GOP candidate is rated ‘strongest leader.’ The survey also shows Obama has a six-point lead over Clinton.  —  WASHINGTON — As he emerges from a sometimes- bitter primary campaign, presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain poses …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton's superdelegates rejecting pleas to switch
Discussion: New York Times and TownHall Blog
Duane R. Patterson /
Hillary's Winning Ways Have Turned Into Whining Ways  —  Last week, Hillary Clinton waited until well into her debate with Barack Obama to utter the line of the night that cost her the debate.  She had a scripted line to use about Barack Obama's change as being something you can Xerox, which fell flat and drew boos from the audience.
Associated Press:
Clinton aide: She and Obama could be running mates  —  MADISON, Wis. — The national chairman of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign says she could end up on the same ticket with rival Barack Obama.  —  Terry McAuliffe told a business group in Madison on Tuesday it “sure is” …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Boehner tells GOP to get off ‘dead asses’  —  House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) challenged Republicans on Tuesday to get off their “dead asses” and start raising money for the National Republican Congressional Committee.  —  And the Republican leader wasn't the only lawmaker berating …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
NRCC failed Rep. Gilchrest, aide contends  —  A top aide to ousted Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) criticized the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) on Tuesday for not sharing polling information it had on the race prior to the Feb. 12 primary.  —  Campaign manager and chief …
Jstearns / Save the Internet Blog:
Comcast Blocking: First the Internet — Now the Public  —  There was huge turnout at today's public hearing in Boston on the future of the Internet.  Hundreds of concerned citizens arrived to speak out on the importance of an open Internet.  Many took the day off from work …
Comcast Astroturfs the Old-Fashioned Way
Discussion: Attytood and The Seminal
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Now on the Campaign Trail, a Reined-In Bill Clinton  —  LANCASTER, Ohio — The long campaign has taken some of the fight out of the Big Dog.  —  Bill Clinton is dutifully traveling from state to state and small town to small town on behalf of his wife's presidential candidacy.
Discussion: Commentary and MSNBC
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
GOP Halts Effort to Retrieve White House E-Mails  —  After promising last year to search its computers for tens of thousands of e-mails sent by White House officials, the Republican National Committee has informed a House committee that it no longer plans to retrieve the communications …
Oink!  Oink!  Murtha's porkfest  —  WASHINGTON (Map, News) - Rep. John Murtha is hosting a gala dinner tonight at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City for defense industry lobbyists who have received and who hope to receive millions of tax dollars via earmarks sponsored by the Pennsylvania Democrat.
Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Clinton Camp Presses Super Delegates Not To Take Sides  —  For weeks, the Barack Obama campaign has warned that Hillary Clinton would try to use her ties to the Democratic establishment to muscle ‘super delegates’ into backing her presidential bid, overriding a popular vote majority …
Tony Blankley / Real Clear Politics:
How to Beat Obama (Maybe)  —  Republicans owe Hillary our gratitude.  She has road-tested several versions of attacks on Obama that don't work.  Obviously, and first, don't come out against change and hope — the perennial themes of successful election campaigns.
Discussion: Power Line
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