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7:15 AM ET, February 29, 2008

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McCain Endorsement Angers Catholic League President  —  Updated 6 p.m.  —  HOUSTON — The president of the Catholic League today blasted Sen. John McCain for accepting the endorsement of Texas evangelicalist John Hagee, calling the controversial pastor a bigot who has “waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church.”
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why is McCain appearing with a raving anti-Catholic?
Discussion: The RBC
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
American Traitor Adam Gadahn is Dead Update  —  A source tells The Jawa Report that Adam Gadahn is dead  —  ***Sticky: Scroll down for newer posts***  —  Is American al Qaeda member and indicted traitor Adam Gadahn dead?  Shortly after a U.S. Predator drone attack killed Abu Laith al-Libi …
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 …
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John King / CNN:   Democratic intensity showing up at the polls
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Black backers steadfast for Clinton  —  African-American superdelegates said Thursday that they'll stand up against threats, intimidation and “Uncle Tom” smears rather than switch their support from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama.  —  “African-American superdelegates are being targeted …
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New York Times:   Obama Cutting Into Clinton's Edge Among Superdelegates
New York Times:
Democrats Bring in $80 Million, With Obama in Lead
Discussion: Truthdig
Mark Silva / Chicago Tribune:
Michelle Obama: name Hussein is ‘the fear bomb’  —  Michelle Obama, who often has decried “the fear bomb” that opponents have used against her husband for his middle name — Barack Hussein Obama — said in Canton, Ohio, today that it is happening again and shows why it's so important that he wins election as president.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Don Surber
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CNN:
RNC denounces use of ‘Hussein’ in Obama's name  —  (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan formally denounced Thursday the Tennessee Republican Party's use of Barack Obama's full name in a recent press release questioning the Illinois senator's commitment to Israel.
Angelina Jolie / Washington Post:
Staying to Help in Iraq  —  The request is familiar to American ears: “Bring them home.”  —  But in Iraq, where I've just met with American and Iraqi leaders, the phrase carries a different meaning.  It does not refer to the departure of U.S. troops, but to the return of the millions …
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.
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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:   Microtrends vs Macrotrends: Why Obama is Winning
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
1 in 100 U.S. Adults Behind Bars, New Study Says  —  For the first time in the nation's history, more than one in 100 American adults is behind bars, according to a new report.  —  Nationwide, the prison population grew by 25,000 last year, bringing it to almost 1.6 million.
Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org:
Fewer U.S. Dead = Less TV Coverage of Iraq  —  One year ago, liberal journalists depicted the surge of U.S. troops to Iraq as a certain failure.  “A lot of people are going to go to bed tonight terrified,” MSNBC's Chris Matthews opined just minutes after President Bush announced the policy on January 10, 2007.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama's Open Letter To Gay Americans  —  Money quote: … The full thing after the jump:
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Democrats Want To Fund ACORN, La Raza With Stimulus Bill  —  The Democrats reacted in anger when Senate Republicans blocked their latest economic stimulus bill.  Harry Reid said that bankers and lenders were high-fiving each other in hallways after the GOP torpedoed the bill …
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Reuters:   Republicans seen blocking Senate foreclosure bill
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quiet Out There  —  We're at that moment in the campaign that reminds me of a horror movie.  There's a kind of relief that the worst cannot happen, that the Clintons are politically dead, that our long national nightmare is over.  The screen falls silent.  We look at pleasant images …
Terri Judd / The Independent:
Prince's cover in Afghanistan blown by Drudge Report  —  Prince Harry mans a machinegun in Afghanistan  —  An American website, the Drudge Report, broke a news blackout yesterday by revealing that Prince Harry has been serving in Afghanistan for more than two months.
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Jon Snow / channel4.com:
Snowmail: Prince Harry in Afghanistan
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Joint Chiefs Chair Warns Obama & Clinton on Iraq  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl Reports: The Joint Chiefs chairman has a word of warning to Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: A rapid of withdrawal from Iraq would lead to a “chaotic situation” and would “turnaround the gains we have achieved …
Discussion: Political Machine, Hot Air and Redstate
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Did ‘SNL’ Go Beyond the Pale With Fauxbama?  —  Lorne Michaels Defends Casting Of Non-Black Man in Sketch  —  When Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president last year, some observers questioned whether the senator from Illinois was “black enough” to embody the hopes and aspirations of African Americans.
Discussion: Riehl World View
 
 
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The Campaign Spot:
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Marc Ambinder:
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