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12:50 PM 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.
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Mondale: ‘Red Phone’
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Hillary as Mondale, Again
Discussion: Spin Cycle, MSNBC and Ben Smith's Blogs
Marc Ambinder:   3:00 a.m: Roy Spence's Redux
Ben Smith / The Politico:
New Clinton ad is the scariest of cycle  —  Clinton is up with the scariest ad of the cycle, one that echoes, in a soft-focus way, some of President Bush's 2004 campaign spots.  —  It features a child sleeping in bed and an unnamed emergency ringing the White House phone …
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Marc Ambinder:
Clinton's “Red Phone”  —  Perhaps the most provocative ad Hillary Clinton has run this cycle.  It's bound to evoke comparisons to LBJ's “Daisy” ad and Walter Mondale's “Red Phone” ads — asking the essential question: if the White House phone rings at 3:00 am and there's a crisis brewing, who do you want on the other end of the line?
Frank James / The Swamp:
Clinton ad: Who should take 3 am crisis call?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Texas: End of the Road For Hillary Clinton
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 …
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE GOP'S DISADVANTAGES  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** The GOP's Disadvantages: The New York Times' Nagourney does a smart preview piece of how Republicans are likely to go after Obama in a general election, and are already doing so …
Zogby:
Reuters/C-SPAN/Houston Chronicle Poll: Obama Builds Lead Over Clinton in Texas, But Dem Race Too Close To Call in Ohio...  Zogby News Releases
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Houston Chronicle:   Poll: McCain and Obama lead in Texas
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
TRIBES RAGE AT HILL  —  KENYAN BIGS: COME CLEAN IN PIX SMEAR  —  Angry tribal elders in Kenya are calling on Hillary Rodham Clinton to “clear her name” over any involvement in publication of photos of Barack Obama wearing a turban and African garb on a trip to his ancestral homeland.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and ABCNEWS
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IraqPundit:   Obama's Incoherence  —  What did Barack Obama mean Tuesday …
Guardian:
Israeli minister warns of Palestinian ‘holocaust’  —  An Israeli minister today warned of increasingly bitter conflict in the Gaza Strip, saying the Palestinians could bring on themselves what he called a “holocaust”.  —  “The more Qassam [rocket] fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Media Blog
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Alon Bernstein / Associated Press:
Israel warns Gaza invasion impending
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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.
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
John McCain's Achilles Heel  —  No, it's not all his lobbyist buddies or that woman who looks strikingly like his wife.  It's President Bush, who in a new national poll has surpassed Richard Nixon as the modern president with the highest negative rating.  —  Some 52 percent of those surveyed …
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Zogby:   Roosevelt Holds Top Ranking on Presidential Greatness Scale
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
Nancy / nancynall.com:
Copycat.  —  I feel bad about what I'm going to do here.  —  I've had a lot of fun at Tim Goeglein's expense over the last few months.  Mean-spirited fun, certainly, but my problem with him has always been one of personal taste.  In his columns for The News-Sentinel, my old newspaper …
Marc Ambinder:
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Trailhead
 
 
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Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
John McCain's Charitable Contributions
Discussion: Wonkette and Think Progress
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Clinton's Daisy  —  Everyone is buzzing about Clinton's new ad:
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Carl Bialik / Wall Street Journal:
Voters Flock to Polls, But Are They Really Reversing a Trend?
Dr. Helen:
Percentage of Male Teachers Hits 40-Year Low
The Huffington Post:
John McCain ‘Accidentally’ Calls Himself A “Liberal Republican”
Patrick Seale / Gulf News:
Obama is good for Israel
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
John J. Miller / The Corner:
WFB & the Surge  —  Yesterday on The Corner and on Wednesday …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
THE MEANING OF “NATURAL BORN.”  I read with some amusement …
USA Today:
Primaries turnout prompts concerns for Nov.
Luke Baker / Reuters:
Media's embargo on “Harry's war” sparks debate
John Leland / New York Times:
Facing Default, Some Walk Out on New Homes
David Brooks / New York Times:
Remembering the Mentor
Discussion: The Corner
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Clinton Compares Obama to a Blank Screen