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12:05 PM 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 …
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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 …
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
20th Debate: Reality Show or a Spinoff?
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
For Clinton, What Defines a ‘Win’ on March 4?
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
Obama Blows his ‘Sister Soujah’ Moment
Discussion: Haaretz and National Review
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 overnight in his study in Stamford, Connecticut.  —  After year of illness, he died while at work; if he had been given a choice on how to depart this world …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Classical Values
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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.
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
William F. Buckley Jr. dies at 82
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 …
Discussion: Donklephant
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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 …
Duane R. Patterson / Townhall.com:
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.
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Clang-Fest in Cleveland
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 …
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:   NRCC failed Rep. Gilchrest, aide contends
Telegraph:
BBC knew of link to failed 21/7 bombers  —  A BBC producer failed to give police information that would have helped track down the July 21 bombers, the trial was told.  —  Don't Panic, I'm Islamic, which featured the group paintballing and an interview with Mohammed Hamid, was shown on BBC2 on June 12, 2005.
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 …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Disturbed About Obama  —  I thought Terri Schiavo was a jarring presence at the debate last night.  When Senator Obama was asked what legislative regrets, he didn't try to walk away from his radical ways any by citing his votes against born-alive infant protection or against banning the transport …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Suicide Bomber Hits Bus in Iraq's North, Killing at Least Eight  —  A suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt outside a bus in northern Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring another eight, U.S. military and Iraqi officials said.  —  The incident happened north …
Discussion: New York Times
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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 …
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.
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.”
Discussion: Below The Beltway and The Caucus
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 …
 
 
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Yossi Verter / Haaretz:
Poll: Most Israelis back direct talks with Hamas on Shalit
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Michelle Malkin:
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
2012  —  In a post-debate symposium up this morning …
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Rachel Zoll / Associated Press:
IRS investigates Obama's denomination
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Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Loans Could Paint McCain Into Corner
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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Clinton aide: She and Obama could be running mates
Tony Blankley / Real Clear Politics:
How to Beat Obama (Maybe)
Discussion: Power Line
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