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1:50 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 …
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bush: Obama ‘better stay focused’ on Clinton
Discussion: The Politico
Marc Ambinder:
NAFTA Bluster? The Report That's Making Waves In Canada
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Report: Obama Campaign Official Secretly Reassured Canada On NAFTA
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 …
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.
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?
Prince Harry in Taleban fighting  —  Prince Harry has been fighting the Taleban on the front line in Afghanistan, the MoD has confirmed.  —  Harry, 23, who is third in line to the throne, has spent the last 10 weeks serving in Helmand Province.  —  The prince joked about his nickname …
Discussion: culturekitchen and Us Weekly
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.
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
The Mob is a bunch of protection racket amatuers compared to Congress  —  Two stories out today provide additional evidence of why Congress has fallen just about as far as it can in public esteem.  Instead of considering and passing laws to advance the common good, the congressional process looks increasingly …
Paul Kiel / Muckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: toohotfortnr
Bill Ardolino / The Long War Journal:
Inside Iraqi politics - Part 5.  A look at legislative progress: Sunnis' and states' rights  —  The first four installments of The Long War Journal's series on Iraqi politics discussed the structure and progress of the executive branch, the composition of the legislative branch and the status of key legislation.
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.
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.
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
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 …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Scapegoating NAFTA  —  The Democratic contenders are stumbling all over themselves to show how disappointed they are with NAFTA, and how committed they are to changing it.  Fact is, there's no reason to think that withdrawing from NAFTA — if possible — would help create jobs in the United States.
Discussion: Commentary
NAFTA Nonsense Insults Our Allies
Discussion: QandO
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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 Page
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 …
John Cooke / The Georgetown Voice:
Howard Dean talks politics in ICC  —  Howard Dean showed up to talk about Black History Month but the focus quickly changed to politics Tuesday night in ICC Auditorium.  —  The Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former Governor of Vermont contrasted the two parties' presidential candidates …
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The true cost of war
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Gabriel Sherman / The New Republic:
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Discussion: Attytood
Jules Crittenden:
Sex in '08  —  And why it shouldn't be an issue in this year's …
Discussion: PoliGazette
Matt / Think Progress:
GOP ‘Griping’ That They Haven't Seen ‘The Financial Gravy Train’ From Telecoms
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Amanda / Think Progress:
Chief Justice Roberts defends Exxon.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Insults, apologies fuel Obama's rise
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Prediction  —  In the next few days, there will be a wave …
Discussion: The New Republic
Richard Corliss / Time:
William F. Buckley: Mandarin of Right-Wing TV
California City Moves Closer to Bankruptcy Filing
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Fading Jihadists  —  Politicians who talk about the terrorism …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Some hateful, radical ministers — white evangelicals — are acceptable
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