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10:55 AM 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.
Ralph Blumenthal / New York Times:   Texas on Pace for Record Voter Turnout
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
For Obama, a Taste of What a Long Battle Would Hold  —  WASHINGTON — When Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton goes after Senator Barack Obama these days, she presses him on the details of his health care plan, criticizes the wording of his campaign mailings and likens his promise of change to celestial choirs.
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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 …
IraqPundit:
Obama's Incoherence  —  What did Barack Obama mean Tuesday when he told Tim Russert that if, following his promised withdrawal of U.S. forces, “al-Qaeda is forming a base in Iraq, then we will have to act in a way that secures the American homeland and our interests abroad”?
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Texas: End of the Road For Hillary Clinton  —  It is doggoned poetic that the last stand in Hillary Clinton's botched quest for the White House will almost certainly be next Tuesday in Texas, a state that in all its crazy quilt hugeness gave us three presidents who presided in times of war …
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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.
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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Luke Baker / Reuters:   Media's embargo on “Harry's war” sparks debate
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 …
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.
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 …
Pew Research Center:
Obama's Appeal to Independents  —  Obama has much greater personal appeal to independent voters than does either McCain or Clinton.  Fully 63% of independents rate Obama favorably, nearly twice the percentage expressing an unfavorable view of him (32%).  The balance of opinion toward McCain …
Discussion: QandO and Open Left
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Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Obama's Weaker Support With Democrats
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton: ‘Children’  —  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, then argues that we need a president …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pew: Majority now believe U.S. effort in Iraq will succeed, 53-39  —  In case you were wondering why the Democrats are running from this debate, it's because the more public opinion shifts, the more their willingness to abandon Iraq looks less like a “realist” exit strategy than calculated defeatism.
 
 
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