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4:20 PM ET, February 29, 2008

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Nitya / Political Radar:
Clinton Goes Nuclear; Obama Camp Fires Back  —  ABC News' David Wright, Sunlen Miller, Andy Fies, Eloise Harper, Kate Snow & Nitya Venkataraman Report: Closing in on the March 4 contests, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., debuted a campaign ad on Friday with ominous undertones.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Ad: Who Do You Want Answering The White House Phone At 3 a.m.?  —  Hillary Clinton has a new ad in Texas, making what is perhaps her most forceful argument yet against Barack Obama on national security:  —  “It's 3 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep,” the announcer says.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
New Clinton ad is the scariest of cycle  —  Clinton is up with the scariest ad of the cycle, one that echoes, in a soft-focus way, some of President Bush's 2004 campaign spots.  —  It features a child sleeping in bed and an unnamed emergency ringing the White House phone …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Responds: I Will Never Use “Threat Of Terrorism To Scare Up Votes”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Mondale: ‘Red Phone’
Redstate:
Hillary's New Ad  —  Hillary Clinton has a new ad out.
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Jay Root / Houston Chronicle:
State Democrats say Clinton camp may sue  —  Legal action could disrupt or delay caucuses, party says  —  AUSTIN — The Texas Democratic Party warned Thursday that election night caucuses scheduled for Tuesday could be delayed or disrupted after aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton threatened …
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Jay Root / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
State's Democratic Party braces for lawsuit  —  AUSTIN — The Texas Democratic Party is warning that its primary night caucuses could be delayed or disrupted after aides to White House hopeful Hillary Clinton raised the specter of an “imminent” lawsuit over its complicated delegate selection process, officials said Thursday night.
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
DUMB SPIN.  —  Sometimes, I really wonder how dumb the Clinton campaign thinks we are. … So if Obama doesn't outright win the states Clinton is favored in — if he merely closes the gap — Democrats are “having second thoughts about him.”  —  Who is this aimed at?  Political reporters know it's dumb.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Eschaton and Wonkette
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Clinton Camp Memo on Obama Expectations
Discussion: Open Left
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Come On!  —  I love arcane debates over arcana, but John McCain is a US citizen, eligible to be president of the United States.  Period.  Full stop.  The New York Times story that launched this whole discussion was absurd.  No one is going to successfully contest McCain's standing (though I'm sure some idiot will try).
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CTV.ca:
Opponents slam Obama after CTV story on NAFTA  —  Allegations of double talk on NAFTA from the Obama and Clinton campaigns dominated the U.S. political landscape on Thursday.  —  On Wednesday, CTV reported that a senior member of Barack Obama's campaign called the Canadian embassy within …
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CNN:
Police: Deadly toxin found at Las Vegas hotel  —  (CNN) — Police in Las Vegas, Nevada, are investigating the discovery of what they said is the deadly poison ricin in a hotel room.  —  Authorities were called to an Extended Stay America hotel around 3 p.m. PT Thursday after a man brought …
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Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
Ricin possibly found at Las Vegas motel
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and GINA COBB
Lawrence Mower / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Toxic substance ricin is found in LV hotel room
Discussion: The Lede, On Deadline and Health Blog
Nancy / nancynall.com:
Copycat.  —  I feel bad about what I'm going to do here.  —  I've had a lot of fun at Tim Goeglein's expense over the last few months.  Mean-spirited fun, certainly, but my problem with him has always been one of personal taste.  In his columns for The News-Sentinel, my old newspaper …
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Sylvia A. Smith / The Journal Gazette:
White House column was copied
Discussion: The Huffington Post and I Am TRex
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Hillary Cuts an Ad ... for McCain  —  Only the Clinton campaign would think mom would be checking on the kids at 3:00 am still dressed in her snazzy business suit.  —  I thought it was a bit creepy of that person to be looking in on your kids sleeping at 3am.
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
It's 3:00 AM, I Must Be Lonely
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Caucus
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Harry Withdrawn From Afghanistan  —  LONDON — The Defense Ministry announced Friday that Prince Harry, the third in line to the British throne, would have to come home from Afghanistan because it was too risky for him to stay there.  —  The prince, 23, has been in Helmand Province …
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Clinton Leads in Ohio; Obama Up in Texas  —  Hillary Clinton has an 8-point lead over Barack Obama heading into Tuesday's Ohio Democratic primary, due largely to the support of white women, seniors and working-class voters, while the race is virtually a tie in Texas …
The Huffington Post:
John McCain ‘Accidentally’ Calls Himself A “Liberal Republican”  —  At a town hall meeting in Richardson, Texas, Thursday afternoon, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., made a gaffe that will surely provide myriad conservative radio talk show hosts confirmation of their views, by accidentally calling himself a liberal.
ABCNEWS:
Reformer: Trial Will Reveal ‘Cesspool’ of Obama's Allies  —  Trial for Indicted Fundraiser Tony Rezko Set for Monday  —  With the corruption trial of one of Sen. Barack Obama's longtime friends and supporters set to begin Monday in Chicago, Ill., reform watchdogs say it will reveal the …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hot Air
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Egyptian al Qaeda leader reported killed in South Waziristan airstrike  —  South Waziristan Taliban leader Mullah Nazir.  Click to view.  —  Pakistani and US intelligence are attempting to sort out the names of the al Qaeda and Taliban operatives killed in yesterday's airstrike in Azam Warzak, South Waziristan.
 
 
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Confidential Study Suggests Tougher Words For Dems On Immigration
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Jonathan Honeig thinks it's a right to smash a dog's head against a wall
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Station Cites Equipment in Blackout of Program
Discussion: Facing South
Jerome_PGH / CNN:
McCain raises $12 million in February
Discussion: MyDD and Wonkette
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CHUTZPAH.  —  I'm sort of busy today, but if some other …
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Israel prepares for assault on Gaza
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
John McCain's Charitable Contributions
Discussion: Wonkette and Think Progress
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