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6:05 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.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Responds: I Will Never Use “Threat Of Terrorism To Scare Up Votes”  —  Okay, Obama has now directly responded to Hillary's ad asking who you want in the White House at 3 A.M. when the red phone rings and your kids are safely asleep.  —  And his reply suggests that the Obama camp …
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.
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 …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
It's 3:00 AM, I Must Be Lonely
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Let's watch the YouTubed Hillary ad that the NYT has frontpaged right now.
Discussion: The Caucus and Don Surber
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama responds to the red phone
Discussion: The Swamp and Towleroad
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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
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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The Trail:
Obama Backs Law Helping McCain  —  U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) wrote her legislative fix on a yellow legal pad, which she delivered to the Senate clerk, to ensure that any person born to U.S. citizens serving in the armed services while stationed abroad would qualify to become president of the United States.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   Come On!  —  I love arcane debates over arcana, but John McCain …
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
THE MEANING OF “NATURAL BORN.”  I read with some amusement …
Discussion: The Corner
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  —  WASHINGTON - A Fort Wayne native and White House official acknowledged Friday he copied large portions of an essay that appeared in a Dartmouth College publication and presented them as his own in a News-Sentinel column.  —  “It is true,” Tim Goeglein wrote to The Journal Gazette in an email.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and I Am TRex
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush Condemns Leaders Who ‘Sit Down At The Table’ And ‘Have Pictures Taken’ With ‘Tyrants’  —  In yesterday's news conference, President Bush sharply attacked Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) argument that the president “should never fear to negotiate” with America's enemies.  Bush told reporters:
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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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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
National Review:
Reuters mistake triggers Israel “Holocaust” libel [Tom Gross]  —  A Reuters mistranslation of remarks by Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai this morning has triggered an international news libel against Israel.  —  Among the news outlets jumping on the bandwagon are those that have previously …
Discussion: Guardian and Guardian Unlimited
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Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Israel prepares for assault on Gaza
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Spectator
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
 
 
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THAT'S IT?  —  McCain's statement on Hagee, his new endorser …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
She's Always A Victim
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
May We Not Lose His Kind
Matthew Yglesias:
McCain the Sellout  —  Having heard this, I think it seems …
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Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
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clinton.senate.gov:
Senator Clinton Cosponsors Legislation to Ban Use of Private …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Confidential Study Suggests Tougher Words For Dems On Immigration
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Byron York / National Review:
York: Michelles Struggle
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
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Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
John McCain's Charitable Contributions
Discussion: Wonkette and Think Progress
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Selling gay rights
CNN:
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