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12:05 PM ET, February 28, 2008


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Obama staffer gave warning of NAFTA rhetoric  —  Barack Obama has ratcheted up his attacks on NAFTA, but a senior member of his campaign team told a Canadian official not to take his criticisms seriously, CTV News has learned.  —  Both Obama and Hillary Clinton have been critical …
NAFTA Nonsense Insults Our Allies  —  Election 2008: In Tuesday's debate, Democrats blasted the North American Free Trade Agreement.  Sure, they're pandering for Rust Belt votes.  But do they ever consider the impact of their statements on our allies?  —  Business & Regulation
Discussion: QandO
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Despite Nafta Attacks, Clinton and Obama Haven't Been Free Trade Foes
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Obama's Sotto Voce To Canadians: I'm Demagoguing On NAFTA
Discussion: PoliGazette and Macsmind
Financial Times:
Candidates rebuked for attacks on Nafta
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
McCain's Canal Zone Birth Prompts Queries About Whether That Rules Him Out  —  WASHINGTON — The question has nagged at the parents of Americans born outside the continental United States for generations: Dare their children aspire to grow up and become president?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ROAD MAP  —  Hopefully, everyone can now see the McCain strategy for running against Barack Obama.  Yes, we have some general points on taxes, culture wars and McCain as war hero who can protect us in ways that flash-in-the-pan pretty boy Barack Obama can't.  —  But that's not the core.
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
The “Race Card” let us count the ways  —  There are a few themes developing that should be called out now for what they are.  —  First, the racist junk that right-wing radio. blogs, and conservative interest groups are going to throw out.  That somehow a black candidate secretly hates …
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
Middle-name calling is way over the line  —  How bad — how ugly, how far over the line of decency — is it to invoke Barack Obama's middle name in attacking him?  —  It's so ugly and so far over the line that not even Alan Keyes in his most overwrought, spittle-flecked moments did it during …
Discussion: The Swamp, PoliBlog (TM) and Don Surber
Juan Cole:   Barack Hussein Obama, Omar Bradley, Benjamin Franklin and other …
Wired News:
Disturbing New Photos From Abu Ghraib  —  NSFW: VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.  As an expert witness in the defense of an Abu Ghraib guard who was court-martialed, psychologist Philip Zimbardo had access to many of the images of abuse that were taken by the guards themselves.
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
TED 2008: How Good People Turn Evil, From Stanford to Abu Ghraib
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Digg
Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
I'm Not Running for President, but ...  WATCHING the 2008 presidential campaign, you sometimes get the feeling that the candidates — smart, all of them — must know better.  They must know we can't fix our economy and create jobs by isolating America from global trade.
Richard Corliss / Time:
William F. Buckley: Mandarin of Right-Wing TV  —  One night in early 1962, William F. Buckley was Jack Paar's guest on The Tonight Show.  At 36, Buckley had been an infant phenom, writing the book God and Man at Yale (he was pro-God, anti-Yale) and an indulgent biography of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
McCain in A Glass House  —  Certain kinds of conservatives, distrusting Richard Nixon's ideological elasticity, rejected him — until 1973.  Although it had become clear that his administration was a crime wave, they embraced him because the media were his tormentors.
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Louisiana Governor Pierces Business as Usual  —  BATON ROUGE, La. — Downstairs, legislators gnashed their teeth, while upstairs at the Capitol here this week, the new governor claimed victory against the old customs down below.  —  Six weeks into the term of Gov. Bobby Jindal …
Gateway Pundit:
“60 Minutes” Too?!!... MAJOR SCANDAL Brewing Over Rove Hit Piece!  —  Alabama GOP Asks For Proof on Karl Rove Hit Piece...  Or, demands that the network retract the story!  —  Did CBS learn nothing from their last major scandal?  —  The chairman of the Alabama Republican Party sent a letter to …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Some hateful, radical ministers — white evangelicals — are acceptable  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  One of this week's hysterical press scandals was that Minister Louis Farrakhan praised Barack Obama's candidacy even though Obama had previously denounced numerous Farrakhan remarks …
Elisabeth Bumiller / The Caucus:
Mega-Church Pastor in Texas Backs McCain
Discussion: Bang the Drum and Pharyngula
Amanda / Think Progress:
Chief Justice Roberts defends Exxon.  —  Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on how much money ExxonMobil should be forced to pay as damages for its Exxon Valdez oil spill 19 years ago.  The Washington Post's Dana Milbank notes that Chief Justice John Roberts appeared “bothered” …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
NYT's Greenhouse Takes Buyout Offer  —  NEW YORK — Linda Greenhouse, who has covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times for 30 years, said Wednesday that she has accepted a buyout package from the newspaper.  —  Greenhouse joined the Times in 1968 and started covering the court in 1978 …
Bench Memos:
Greenhouse's Departure  —  According to a well-placed Supreme …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Prediction  —  In the next few days, there will be a wave of liberals — Frank Rich comes particularly to mind — who will use WFB's memory to beat up on today's conservatives.  Ramesh and I wrote a piece about this tendency last year.  Liberals today bemoan how wonderful the conservatives …
Discussion: The New Republic
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Fading Jihadists  —  Politicians who talk about the terrorism threat — and it's already clear that this will be a polarizing issue in the 2008 campaign — should be required to read a new book by a former CIA officer named Marc Sageman.  It stands what you think you know about terrorism …
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Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Progressive Congress: Money that Matters
Anne E. Kornblut / The Trail:
Clinton Faces Questions Over Supporter's Comments
James H. Fowler / Los Angeles Times:
Sharing the wealthiness  —  Democrats can count on the 'Colbert bump …
Christian Lowe /
Iraqi Army to Ditch AK-47s for M-16s
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Markos Moulitsas / The Hill:
GOP's flesh-eating zombie candidate
Discussion: Reason Magazine and Hullabaloo
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Insults, apologies fuel Obama's rise
New York Times:
Heralded New Law Is Vetoed by Iraq's Presidency Council
New York Times:
Gates Urges Limits on Turkish Raids
 Earlier Items: 
Sara K. Smith / Wonkette:
Wonkette Exclusive: Meet Chris Peden, Ron Paul's Congressional Opponent!
Geir Moulson / Associated Press:
German unemployment dips
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
California City Moves Closer to Bankruptcy Filing
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Longtime Clinton Aide Returns to the Fray
Washington Post:
Clinton Campaign Pours Resources Into Two Crucial Primaries
Michael Cohen /
Color Me Unimpressed
Chris Bertram / Crooked Timber:
Mankiw's 10 principles of economics
New York Times:
Early Obama Commitment on Money Becomes Target