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11:25 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.
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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:   Microtrends vs Macrotrends: Why Obama is Winning
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WARMS MY HEART  —  Ickes: Seen any missteps in the Clinton primary race?
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
The Trail:
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Interview with Bill Donohue: Catholic League denounces McCain  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  As I wrote about earlier today, John McCain yesterday happily received an endorsement from, and then expressed lavish gratitude towards, one of the most hateful and radical evangelical ministers …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Farrakhan's Support For Obama? …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Althouse, MyDD and The Trail
Karl / protein wisdom:
Election 2008: Lefty blogs flood Repudiation Nation
Discussion: Salon and Hullabaloo
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and UrbanGrounds
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John King / CNN:   Democratic intensity showing up at the polls
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 …
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama raises “considerably more” than $35 million
Discussion: The New Republic
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Outraises Clinton In February
Discussion: Salon
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama's Open Letter To Gay Americans  —  Money quote: … The full thing after the jump:
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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.
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
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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.
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.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and AMERICAblog
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Jon Snow / channel4.com:
Snowmail: Prince Harry in Afghanistan
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Canadians deny Obama call  —  A spokesman for the Canadian Embassy to the United States, Tristan Landry, flatly denied the CTV report that a senior Obama aide had told the Canadian ambassador not to take seriously Obama's denunciations of Nafta.  —  “None of the presidential campaigns …
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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 …
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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 …
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 …
 
 
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Confederate Yankee:
Who Benefits? Iraqis to Trade AKs for M16s
San Francisco Chronicle:
You can't be serious, Ralph ...  Ralph Nader sure knows …
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New York Times:
Democrats Bring in $80 Million, With Obama in Lead
Discussion: Truthdig
Peter Wilson / The Australian:
Iraq war ‘caused slowdown in the US’
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Joint Chiefs Chair Warns Obama & Clinton on Iraq
Discussion: Hot Air
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Black backers steadfast for Clinton
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Obama and Islam: The Third Rail in American Politics
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
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Agence France Presse:
Iran ‘number one world power’: Ahmadinejad
Discussion: Liberal Values
Wired News:
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