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9:25 AM ET, February 29, 2008


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Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Clinton seeks to regain the spotlight  —  There was a time not long ago when Hillary Clinton dominated the discourse in both parties' presidential contests.  —  Now, she's struggling to get her message out and remain part of the campaign conversation as the media and her remaining rivals …
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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
For Obama, a Taste of What a Long Battle Holds
Discussion: MSNBC
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pew: Majority now believe U.S. effort in Iraq will succeed, 53-39
Discussion: American Power
Rich Noyes /
Fewer U.S. Dead = Less TV Coverage of Iraq
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 …
New York Times:   Obama Cutting Into Clinton's Edge Among Superdelegates
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.
Army prepares to evacuate Harry after news blackout fails
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Jon Snow /
Snowmail: Prince Harry in Afghanistan
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 …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Cliff Schecter
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
Hope and fear  —  Democratic economic policy sounds worryingly populist  —  FOR a man who has placed “hope” at the centre of his campaign, Barack Obama can sound pretty darned depressing.  As the battle for the Democratic nomination reaches a climax in Texas and Ohio …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Eric Alterman / Media Matters for America:
The proud son of Buffalo ...  Pierce is angry:  —  Name: Charles Pierce  —  Hometown: Newton, MA  —  Hey Doc —  Slacker Friday — Special Wednesday Edition.  —  I suspect that truth may never get its boots on in reference to the job L'il Timmy Russert did last night.
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 …
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Obama's Weaker Support With Democrats  —  Friday, February 29th in politics, foreign policy by Daniel Larison  —  A year ago, or even six months ago, I would never have thought that the more antiwar Democratic candidate would have a harder time shoring up the party base than one who voted for the war …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Pew Research Center:
Obama's Appeal to Independents
Discussion: Open Left
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: Don Surber and Riehl World View
Noor Ali / Reuters:
Kenyan elders want U.S. apology over Obama photo  —  ISIOLO, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan elders demanded an apology from Washington on Thursday ahead of a planned protest over a controversial photo of U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama in traditional Somali dress.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Clinton Compares Obama to a Blank Screen  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: In an interview with ABC's Cynthia McFadden, Sen. Hillary Clinton, when asked about the Barack Obama phenomenon, used a quote from Obama to describe her opponent.  “I think the best description actually is in Barack's own book” …
Discussion: The Page
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
David Brooks / New York Times:
Remembering the Mentor  —  When I was in college, William F. Buckley Jr. wrote a book called “Overdrive” in which he described his glamorous lifestyle.  Since I was young and a smart-aleck, I wrote a parody of it for the school paper.  —  “Buckley spent most of his infancy working on his memoirs,” I wrote in my faux-biography.
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 …
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.
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Lindsay Powers / Us Weekly:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The press will torment Obama, too
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quiet Out There  —  We're at that moment in the campaign …
San Francisco Chronicle:
You can't be serious, Ralph ...  Ralph Nader sure knows …
Discussion: Swords Crossed and Power Line
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
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A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

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