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11:20 PM ET, February 29, 2008

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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 …
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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.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
New Clinton Ad Prompts Reply From Obama  —  FORT WORTH, Tex. — Playing on anxieties about national security, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has produced a “red phone moment” advertisement that suggests she would be better able to respond to a crisis than Senator Barack Obama.
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Hillary Cuts an Ad ... for McCain
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
It's 3:00 AM, I Must Be Lonely
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
AG Refuses Probe of Ex-Bush Aides  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Friday rejected referring the House's contempt citations against two of President Bush's top aides to a federal grand jury.  Mukasey says they committed no crime.  —  Mukasey said White House Chief …
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CNN:
Mukasey: No contempt inquiry for Bush aides
Discussion: Macsmind
Reuters:
Mukasey won't pursue contempt probe of Bush aides
Discussion: Hot Air
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The McCain/Hagee story picks up steam  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The McCain/Hagee story is growing, though still not as much as it ought to.  My new friends from the Catholic League emailed earlier to advise that Bill Donohue was being interviewed for tonight's program of The Situation Room on CNN.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THAT'S IT?  —  McCain's statement on Hagee, his new endorser …
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain seeks distance from pastor
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The White House Plagiarist  —  Timothy S. Goeglein, a top White House aide who is President Bush's chief liaison to religious groups, has admitted to plagiarizing a column he wrote for his hometown paper, the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel.  —  Goeglein is a special assistant to the president and deputy director of public liaison.
Discussion: I Am TRex
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Mark Impomeni / Political Machine:
WH Aide Admits Plagiarizing Article
Discussion: Think Progress
Sylvia A. Smith / The Journal Gazette:
White House column was copied
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
DUMB SPIN.  —  Sometimes, I really wonder how dumb the Clinton campaign thinks we are.
Discussion: Wonkette
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Clinton Camp Memo on Obama Expectations
Discussion: Open Left
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: Atlas Shrugs and Hot Air
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Rick Pearson / Baltimore Sun:
Clinton campaign: Obama must answer for Rezko  —  FORT WORTH, Texas — Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign says rival Barack Obama has a lot of questions to answer about his relationship with indicted Chicago political insider Antoin “Tony” Rezko, whose federal corruption trial is scheduled …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Macsmind
Marc Ambinder:
Inside Delegate Math: The Numbers  —  Using delegate projection software created by Matt Vogel, I ran a scenario yesterday showing how tough it will be for Hillary Clinton to catch up to Barack Obama's earned delegate lead.  —  Some of you have asked for my specific state-by-state projections.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Burnt Orange Report and MyDD
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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Pete Williams / MSNBC:   McCain's citizenship called into question
Byron York / The Corner:
Michelle Obama: “Don't Go Into Corporate America”  —  I have a new story today about Michelle Obama's visit to Zanesville, Ohio, where she met with a group of women at a local day care center.  According to the U.S. Census, Muskingum County, where Zanesville is located …
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Byron York / National Review:
York: Michelles Struggle
Discussion: News Hounds and PrestoPundit
Matthew Yglesias:
Amateur Hour  —  Slate's John Dickerson asks an obvious question on a conference call with Hillary Clinton's campaign: “What foreign policy moment would you point to in Hillary's career where she's been tested by crisis?”  After an uncomfortably long moment during which neither Mark Penn …
Discussion: Hotline On Call and AMERICAblog
clinton.senate.gov:
Senator Clinton Cosponsors Legislation to Ban Use of Private Security Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan  —  Washington, DC - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that she has cosponsored legislation to ban the use of Blackwater and other private mercenary firms in Iraq.
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:
Josh Levin / Slate:
I'm the Idiot Who Bought an HD-DVD Player  —  A CASUALTY OF THE FORMAT WAR TELLS ALL.  —  Toshiba finally mercy-killed its HD-DVD format last week, ending a drawn-out fight with Sony's Blu-ray for high-definition disc supremacy.  The format's demise has brought HD-DVD owners untold humiliation …
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
She's Always A Victim  —  Puke-worthy self-pity: … Is she f**king kidding me?  You think it was a level playing field for Nita Lowey as she was bigfooted out of a New York Senate seat for the carpet-bagging former president's wife?  You think it was a level playing field when Clinton bullied …
 
 
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SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON TO APPEAR ON “THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART”
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Matthew Yglesias:
McCain the Sellout  —  Having heard this, I think it seems …
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