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12:25 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.
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
TRIBES RAGE AT HILL
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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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Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Hillary as Mondale, Again  —  Hillary Clinton is on the air in Texas (and quite possibly Ohio) with a television ad that takes her argument about experience to a new emotional level.  Per NBC's First Read, the Clinton spot says: … First Read makes the obvious comparison to Lyndon Johnson's demogogic …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Mondale: ‘Red Phone’
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's NAFTA double-talk confirmed: CTV  —  After reporting on Barack Obama's dance with the Canadians on NAFTA yesterday, Canadian broadcaster CTV got accused of perpetrating a smear against the Democratic front-runner.  They insisted that Obama meant every word he said about overturning …
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
The Huffington Post:
John McCain ‘Accidentally’ Calls Himself A “Liberal Republican”  —  At a town hall meeting in Richardson, Texas, Thursday afternoon, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., made a gaffe that will surely provide myriad conservative radio talk show hosts confirmation of their views, by accidentally calling himself a liberal.
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Wayne Slater / Dallas Morning News:
McCain seeks to woo conservative base in Texas appearances
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Romenesko
 
 
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Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
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Guardian:
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 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:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Remembering the Mentor
Discussion: The Corner
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Clinton Compares Obama to a Blank Screen
Noor Ali / Reuters:
Kenyan elders want U.S. apology over Obama photo
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch