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9:40 AM ET, March 1, 2008


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Pregnant Pause  —  It was, in this reporter's opinion, the most interesting moment in today's Clinton campaign phoner with reporters.  Responding to the release of HRC's new TX TV ad, which asserts in no subtle terms that only she has the experience to deal with a major world crisis, and …
Discussion: Slate, Donklephant and Obsidian Wings
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: AMERICAblog and KnoxViews
Marc Ambinder:
The Daily Five — Goolsbee Gate Continues  —  1. To the best I can gather, here is what most likely happened to set off CTV's reporting that the Obama campaign is fudging the truth about its NAFTA intentions.  Someone from the Canadian consul general's office in Chicago got to talking …
Discussion: Trailhead and Roger L. Simon
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Aide Resigns After Admitting Plagiarism  —  WASHINGTON — A longtime aide to President Bush who wrote occasional guest columns for his hometown newspaper resigned on Friday evening after admitting that he had repeatedly plagiarized from other writers.  —  The White House called his actions unacceptable.
Mukasey: No contempt inquiry for Bush aides  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey Friday said he will not ask a federal grand jury to investigate whether two top Bush administration officials should be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.
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 …
Mark Impomeni / Political Machine:
WH Aide Admits Plagiarizing Article
Dogs and Fleas  —  Glenn Greenwald has done yeoman work in exposing anti-Catholic bigot Pastor John Hagee's endorsement of John McCain and the latter's refusal to disavow the endorsement.  I agree that McCain should reject Hagee's endorsement.  You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.
Discussion: The RBC, and CBS News
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Of Ohio, Texas and Onion Dip  —  It's all up to Texas and Ohio!  —  Everything — the Democratic nomination, the fate of the presidency, the solution to global warming, the next American Idol — hinges on Tuesday's primaries.  Texas and Ohio rule!  —  O.K., and Rhode Island and Vermont.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Air tanker deal provokes US row  —  Boeing's loss of a $40bn contract to build a new in-flight refuelling aircraft for the US military has drawn angry protests in Congress.  —  Lawmakers from Washington state and Kansas, which have big Boeing plants, voiced “outrage” that it had gone to a consortium including Europe's Airbus.
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.
Rick / PoliTex:
Clinton camp tries to change expectations  —  This photo was taken by our own David Kent.  Apparently, someone in the posh Tower condos in downtown Fort Worth is not a fan of Obama.  —  Continuing on that theme, this memo just came in from the Hillary Clinton campaign:  —  To: Interested Parties
Discussion: Pandagon and The Seminal
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
China's Olympic Deal With al-Qaeda: ‘There Will Not Be Blood’ ...  This is just one of the allegations in Roger Faligot's book, The Chinese Secret Services: From Mao to the Olympic Games.  This specialist in intelligence retraces the history of the ties between the Middle Kingdom and al-Qaeda.
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Clinton accepts donations from trouble firm  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton has declined to return $170,000 in campaign contributions from individuals at a company accused of widespread sexual harassment, and whose CEO is a disbarred lawyer with a criminal record, federal campaign records show.
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