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9:05 AM ET, February 29, 2008

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Pew Research Center:
Obama Has The Lead, But Potential Problems Too  —  Increasing Optimism About Iraq  —  Summary of Findings  —  Barack Obama is riding high as the March 4 primaries approach.  Obama has moved out to a broad-based advantage over Hillary Clinton in the national Democratic primary contest …
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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 …
Pew Research Center:
Obama's Appeal to Independents
Discussion: Open Left
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Obama's Weaker Support With Democrats
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Interview with Bill Donohue: Catholic League denounces McCain  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  As I wrote about earlier today, John McCain yesterday happily received an endorsement from, and then expressed lavish gratitude towards, one of the most hateful and radical evangelical ministers …
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Karl / protein wisdom:
Election 2008: Lefty blogs flood Repudiation Nation
Discussion: The Caucus
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why is McCain appearing with a raving anti-Catholic?
Discussion: The RBC
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Black backers steadfast for Clinton  —  African-American superdelegates said Thursday that they'll stand up against threats, intimidation and “Uncle Tom” smears rather than switch their support from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama.  —  “African-American superdelegates are being targeted …
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New York Times:   Obama Cutting Into Clinton's Edge Among Superdelegates
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
American Traitor Adam Gadahn is Dead Update  —  A source tells The Jawa Report that Adam Gadahn is dead  —  ***Sticky: Scroll down for newer posts***  —  Is American al Qaeda member and indicted traitor Adam Gadahn dead?  Shortly after a U.S. Predator drone attack killed Abu Laith al-Libi …
CNN:
RNC denounces use of ‘Hussein’ in Obama's name  —  (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan formally denounced Thursday the Tennessee Republican Party's use of Barack Obama's full name in a recent press release questioning the Illinois senator's commitment to Israel.
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Mark Silva / Chicago Tribune:
Michelle Obama: name Hussein is ‘the fear bomb’  —  Michelle Obama, who often has decried “the fear bomb” that opponents have used against her husband for his middle name — Barack Hussein Obama — said in Canton, Ohio, today that it is happening again and shows why it's so important that he wins election as president.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Don Surber
Angelina Jolie / Washington Post:
Staying to Help in Iraq  —  The request is familiar to American ears: “Bring them home.”  —  But in Iraq, where I've just met with American and Iraqi leaders, the phrase carries a different meaning.  It does not refer to the departure of U.S. troops, but to the return of the millions …
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
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 …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
1 in 100 U.S. Adults Behind Bars, New Study Says  —  For the first time in the nation's history, more than one in 100 American adults is behind bars, according to a new report.  —  Nationwide, the prison population grew by 25,000 last year, bringing it to almost 1.6 million.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quiet Out There  —  We're at that moment in the campaign that reminds me of a horror movie.  There's a kind of relief that the worst cannot happen, that the Clintons are politically dead, that our long national nightmare is over.  The screen falls silent.  We look at pleasant images …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Democrats Want To Fund ACORN, La Raza With Stimulus Bill  —  The Democrats reacted in anger when Senate Republicans blocked their latest economic stimulus bill.  Harry Reid said that bankers and lenders were high-fiving each other in hallways after the GOP torpedoed the bill …
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Reuters:   Republicans seen blocking Senate foreclosure bill
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.
Discussion: Don Surber and Riehl World View
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Joint Chiefs Chair Warns Obama & Clinton on Iraq  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl Reports: The Joint Chiefs chairman has a word of warning to Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: A rapid of withdrawal from Iraq would lead to a “chaotic situation” and would “turnaround the gains we have achieved …
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Clinton Compares Obama to a Blank Screen  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: In an interview with ABC's Cynthia McFadden, Sen. Hillary Clinton, when asked about the Barack Obama phenomenon, used a quote from Obama to describe her opponent.  “I think the best description actually is in Barack's own book” …
Noor Ali / Reuters:
Kenyan elders want U.S. apology over Obama photo  —  ISIOLO, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan elders demanded an apology from Washington on Thursday ahead of a planned protest over a controversial photo of U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama in traditional Somali dress.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
 
 
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Lindsay Powers / Us Weekly:
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Discussion: Redstate and Samizdata.net
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Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
PARATROOPERS FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Discussion: Babalu Blog and Michael Yon
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The press will torment Obama, too
Scholars and Rogues:
Fox News says terrorists are sending killer robots after us!
Discussion: Jesus' General
Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org:
Fewer U.S. Dead = Less TV Coverage of Iraq
San Francisco Chronicle:
You can't be serious, Ralph ...  Ralph Nader sure knows …
Discussion: Swords Crossed and Power Line
John King / CNN:
Democratic intensity showing up at the polls
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama's Open Letter To Gay Americans