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1:45 AM ET, March 1, 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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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.
Discussion: The Politico and Truthdig
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Hillary Cuts an Ad ... for McCain
Nitya / Political Radar:
Clinton Goes Nuclear; Obama Camp Fires Back
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
It's 3:00 AM, I Must Be Lonely
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
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Hotline On Call:
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: Donklephant and Obsidian Wings
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 ABCNEWS
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, who calls the Catholic Church the “great whore” and “anti-christ” ...  So he welcomes Hagee's endorsement for president, though that doesn't mean he agree with all his views.  —  Let's run down some specifics.
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain seeks distance from pastor
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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
Discussion: The Raw Story and Macsmind
CNN:
Democrats battle over Texas airwaves
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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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
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: Burnt Orange Report, TalkLeft and MyDD
Mark Impomeni / Political Machine:
WH Aide Admits Plagiarizing Article  —  Timothy Goeglein, Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Public Liaison at the White House, admitted to plagiarizing parts of a column he submitted to the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel which appeared in yesterday's edition of the paper.
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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The White House Plagiarist
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
MSNBC:
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.
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 …
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:
JTA:
Wexler: Obama might not mean Ahmadinejad  —  Barack Obama does not necessarily have in mind Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he says he will meet with Iran's leaders, a top Jewish proxy says.  —  “Ahmadinejad may not be the one to meet with,” U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, the top Jewish surrogate …
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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Obama, Clinton Go Hyper-Nuclear on National Security
Josh Levin / Slate:
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SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON TO APPEAR ON “THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART”
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
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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 …
Discussion: American Spectator
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Clinton Leads in Ohio; Obama Up in Texas
Discussion: Hot Air and MSNBC
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Jonathan Honeig thinks it's a right to smash a dog's head against a wall
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
John McCain's Charitable Contributions