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1:05 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 …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Scapegoating NAFTA  —  The Democratic contenders are stumbling …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Commentary
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bush: Obama ‘better stay focused’ on Clinton
Discussion: The Politico
NAFTA Nonsense Insults Our Allies
Discussion: QandO
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Obama's Sotto Voce To Canadians: I'm Demagoguing On NAFTA
Discussion: PoliGazette and Macsmind
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Despite Nafta Attacks, Clinton and Obama Haven't Been Free Trade Foes
Financial Times:
Candidates rebuked for attacks on Nafta
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
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
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?
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.
Marc Ambinder:
Fred Wertheimer Weighs In
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.
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 …
Jack Fink / KTVT-TV:
Clinton Reacts To Supporter's Remarks About Obama  —  DALLAS (CBS 11 News) ― Senator Hillary Clinton responded Wednesday to controversial comments made by one of her prominent local supporters.  —  “Obama simply has the problem that he happens to be Black,” Adelfa Callejo said when asked …
Anne E. Kornblut / The Trail:
Clinton Faces Questions Over Supporter's Comments
Discussion: The New Republic and Marc Ambinder
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 …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Drudge Report:
PRINCE HARRY FIGHTS ON FRONTLINES IN AFGHANISTAN; 3 MONTH TOUR  —  They're calling him “Harry the Hero!”  —  British Royal Prince Harry has been fighting in Afghanistan since late December — and has been directly involved in gun battle, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
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 …
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Black Ohioans Backing Clinton Feel the Pressure to Switch  —  CLEVELAND — The way Eugene R. Miller was hemming and hawing about Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, you would have thought he was trying to sell igloos in the Sahara.  —  Mr. Miller, a state legislator who represents a solidly black wedge …
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
Matt / Think Progress:
GOP ‘Griping’ That They Haven't Seen ‘The Financial Gravy Train’ From Telecoms  —  In the fight over retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies who participated in the administration's warrantless wiretapping program after 9/11, a popular right-wing meme has been that …
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Sex in '08  —  And why it shouldn't be an issue in this year's …
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Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Obama criticizes Bush, McCain on economy
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Sharing the wealthiness  —  Democrats can count on the 'Colbert bump …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Chief Justice Roberts defends Exxon.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Insults, apologies fuel Obama's rise
New York Times:
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Fading Jihadists  —  Politicians who talk about the terrorism …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Some hateful, radical ministers — white evangelicals — are acceptable
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Longtime Clinton Aide Returns to the Fray
Daniel Henninger / Real Clear Politics:
Hillary's Close-Up  —  Has anyone else out there begun to find …
Washington Post:
Clinton Campaign Pours Resources Into Two Crucial Primaries
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