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6:25 PM ET, February 28, 2008


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Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Ickes: Blame Penn  —  Harold Ickes definitely doesn't buy the argument that Mark Penn isn't responsible for everything that has happened to the Hillary Clinton campaign.  —  “Mark Penn has run this campaign,” said Ickes in a brief phone interview this morning.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WARMS MY HEART  —  Ickes: Seen any missteps in the Clinton primary race?  Talk to Penn.  —  Late Update: So, so sad.  Now even Shrum's piling on about Penn's incompetence.  Now that's gotta hurt ...  Late Udpate: Now Arianna decides to slap Penn around a bit.
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Microtrends vs Macrotrends: Why Obama is Winning  —  CHICAGO — Should Barack Obama end up winning his party's nomination, he will give his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver on August 28 — 45 years to the day Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton raises $35 million in February  —  Hillary Clinton's camapign is set to announce later today that she's on track to raise roughly $35 million in the month of February, a huge month by any standard measure of political fundraising and her best of the campaign.
Discussion: The Swamp, MyDD and Suburban Guerrilla
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Outraises Clinton In February  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign will report raising approximately $35m in February, a record sum for the campaign.  —  But though Barack Obama's campaign is keeping mum, you can bet that somewhere in Chicago, David Plouffe is cracking a smile.
Discussion: Salon
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Obama raises “considerably more” than $35 million
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama's Open Letter To Gay Americans  —  Money quote: … The full thing after the jump:
McCain: Obama Represents Politics of the Past  —  Republican Front-runner Hits Democrat for Focus on Iraq Invasion, “Protectionist” Views  —  Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks at a gathering at Rice University in Houston, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008.
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.
White House:
Press Conference of the President  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  Laura and I, as you know, recently came back from Africa, where we saw firsthand how the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is saving lives.  I had a chance to go to the — speak to the Sullivan Foundation the other day about our trip …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bush: Obama ‘better stay focused’ on Clinton
Discussion: The Politico
Paul Kiel / Muckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  You can understand their exasperation.  The administration and Congressional Republicans have done everything in their power to protect the telecoms.  They used every legislative tactic at the ready, made every speech or public pronouncement possible …
Office of the Speaker / The Gavel:
Pelosi Letter to Attorney General Mukasey on Contempt Citations of Miers and Bolten  —  February 28th, 2008 by Office of the Speaker  —  Washington, D.C. - Today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the following letter to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, informing him of the referral letter sent …
Kim Chandler /
State GOP asks ‘60 Minutes’ for evidence or retraction  —  MONTGOMERY - The chairman of the Alabama Republican Party sent a letter to “60 Minutes” producers asking for a retraction unless they could provide evidence backing up a segment on former Gov. Don Siegelman's prosecution.
Discussion: At-Largely and Redstate
Pew Research Center:
Obama Has The Lead, But Potential Problems Too  —  Increasing Optimism About Iraq  —  Summary of Findings  —  Barack Obama is riding high as the March 4 primaries approach.  Obama has moved out to a broad-based advantage over Hillary Clinton in the national Democratic primary contest …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Agence France Presse:
Iran ‘number one world power’: Ahmadinejad … President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared on Thursday that Iran was the world's “number one” power, as he launched a bitter new assault on domestic critics he accused of siding with the enemy.  —  “Everybody has understood that Iran is the number …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Bob Geldof / Time:
Geldof and Bush: Diary From the Road  —  I gave the president my book.  He raised an eyebrow.  “Who wrote this for ya, Geldof?” he said without looking up from the cover.  Very dry.  “Who will you get to read it for you, Mr. President?”  I replied.  No response.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Some hateful, radical ministers — white evangelicals — are acceptable  —  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 and the Obama campaign did nothing to seek out the Farrakhan praise.
Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
McCain Endorsement Angers Catholic League President
Discussion: Think Progress
The Campaign Spot:
McCain: 'Chris carries on the spirit of his dad with a great sense of humor.'  —  John McCain, in between fund-raisers and events in Texas, held another conference call with bloggers.  Selected highlights:  —  McCain: My one opening comment is on Senator Obama's comment that he would consider …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
POLL: MCCAIN LOOKING GOOD IN FL  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  McCain leads both Obama and Clinton in potential general-election match ups with either candidate in the all-important swing state of Florida, according to a Mason-Dixon poll out today.  —  McCain leads Obama 47%-37% and Clinton 49%-40%.
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American Traitor Adam Gadahn is Dead Update
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Angelina Jolie / Washington Post:
Staying to Help in Iraq
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N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
Record-High Ratio of Americans in Prison
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Supreme-Court-Whisperer Linda Greenhouse Takes $300K Times Buyout
Rasmussen Reports:
Pennsylvania Democratic Presidential Primary
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
How Not to Run for Vice President
Satyam / Think Progress:
Snow defends Bush: Lincoln was ‘hated,’ too.
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder:
Fred Wertheimer Clarifies
The New Republic:
James K. Galbraith on Bill Buckley
The Hill:
Rules revolt, ethics fiasco
Gabriel Sherman / The New Republic:
Split Decision  —  How the ‘Times’ almost didn't back Hillary
Discussion: Liberal Values and Attytood
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Prediction  —  In the next few days, there will be a wave …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Fading Jihadists  —  Politicians who talk about the terrorism …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
McCain in A Glass House
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Louisiana Governor Pierces Business as Usual