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10:30 AM ET, February 29, 2008

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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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Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Some Texas Republicans to vote for Obama  —  True support combines with stop-Clinton sentiment in next week's primary  —  One of Sen. Barack Obama's surest applause lines comes about halfway into his standard stump speech.  It goes like this:  —  “They whisper to me.
Ralph Blumenthal / New York Times:   Texas on Pace for Record Voter Turnout
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Democrats Blaze Trails In February Fundraising
Discussion: The Caucus and New York Post
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama Gets a Taste of the Coming Battle  —  WASHINGTON — When Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton goes after Senator Barack Obama these days, she presses him on the details of his health care plan, criticizes the wording of his campaign mailings and likens his promise of change to celestial choirs.
Discussion: MSNBC and The Plank
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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 …
IraqPundit:   Obama's Incoherence  —  What did Barack Obama mean Tuesday …
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.
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Guardian:
Army prepares to evacuate Harry after news blackout fails
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Luke Baker / Reuters:   Media's embargo on “Harry's war” sparks debate
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pew: Majority now believe U.S. effort in Iraq will succeed, 53-39  —  In case you were wondering why the Democrats are running from this debate, it's because the more public opinion shifts, the more their willingness to abandon Iraq looks less like a “realist” exit strategy than calculated defeatism.
Discussion: American Power
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Angelina Jolie / Washington Post:
Staying to Help in Iraq
Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org:
Fewer U.S. Dead = Less TV Coverage of Iraq
Economist:
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 …
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.
Pew Research Center:
Obama's Appeal to Independents  —  Obama has much greater personal appeal to independent voters than does either McCain or Clinton.  Fully 63% of independents rate Obama favorably, nearly twice the percentage expressing an unfavorable view of him (32%).  The balance of opinion toward McCain …
Discussion: Open Left
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Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Obama's Weaker Support With Democrats
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Reuters:
Turkey withdraws troops from northern Iraq  —  ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey pulled its troops out of northern Iraq on Friday, ending a major offensive against Kurdish PKK rebels that Washington feared could spread conflict through the region.  —  A statement by Turkey's armed forces General Staff denied …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Associated Press:
Turkish troops pull out of Iraq
Discussion: The Seminal
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 …
Discussion: The Lede and Hot Air
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 …
Houston Chronicle:
Poll: McCain and Obama lead in Texas  —  Huckabee is still defiant; Clinton maintains hold on Hispanic vote  —  Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama appears to be consolidating a lead over Hillary Rodham Clinton among most constituent groups in Texas except Hispanics, according to a new tracking poll.
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.
Discussion: The Corner
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Texas: End of the Road For Hillary Clinton  —  It is doggoned poetic that the last stand in Hillary Clinton's botched quest for the White House will almost certainly be next Tuesday in Texas, a state that in all its crazy quilt hugeness gave us three presidents who presided in times of war …
Nitya / Political Radar:
Clinton Goes Nuclear: New Ad Tests Obama  —  ABC News' Nitya Venkataraman: Closing in on the March 4 contests, Sen. Hillary Clinton debuts a campaign ad today with ominous undertones.  —  “It's 3:00am and your children are asleep,” the voice over says.  “There's a phone in the White House, and it's ringing.
 
 
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