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1:35 AM ET, February 29, 2008


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McCain Endorsement Angers Catholic League President  —  Updated 6 p.m.  —  HOUSTON — The president of the Catholic League today blasted Sen. John McCain for accepting the endorsement of Texas evangelicalist John Hagee, calling the controversial pastor a bigot who has “waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church.”
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 …
Karl / protein wisdom:
Election 2008: Lefty blogs flood Repudiation Nation  —  Josh Marshall's effort to impose a double-standard on the campaign, under which John McCain must repudiate any person or any comment about Barack Obama deemed to be inappropriately racial or ethnic, while Obama is excused from discussing …
Discussion: Salon and The Anonymous Liberal
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Farrakhan's Support For Obama? …
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 …
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:   Microtrends vs Macrotrends: Why Obama is Winning
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WARMS MY HEART  —  Ickes: Seen any missteps in the Clinton primary race?
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and UrbanGrounds
John King / CNN:   Democratic intensity showing up at the polls
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
New York Times:
Democrats Bring in $80 Million, With Obama in Lead
Discussion: Truthdig
New York Times:   Obama Cutting Into Clinton's Edge Among Superdelegates
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama's Open Letter To Gay Americans  —  Money quote: … The full thing after the jump:
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 …
Reuters:   Republicans seen blocking Senate foreclosure bill
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Canadians deny Obama call  —  A spokesman for the Canadian Embassy to the United States, Tristan Landry, flatly denied the CTV report that a senior Obama aide had told the Canadian ambassador not to take seriously Obama's denunciations of Nafta.  —  “None of the presidential campaigns …
Rich Noyes /
Fewer U.S. Dead = Less TV Coverage of Iraq  —  One year ago, liberal journalists depicted the surge of U.S. troops to Iraq as a certain failure.  “A lot of people are going to go to bed tonight terrified,” MSNBC's Chris Matthews opined just minutes after President Bush announced the policy on January 10, 2007.
Discussion: Hot Air, Power Line and American Power
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
Agence France Presse:
Iran ‘number one world power’: Ahmadinejad … President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared on Thursday that Iran was the world's “number one” power, as he launched a bitter new assault on domestic critics he accused of siding with the enemy.  —  “Everybody has understood that Iran is the number …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Office of the Speaker / The Gavel:
Pelosi Letter to Attorney General Mukasey on Contempt Citations of Miers and Bolten  —  February 28th, 2008 by Office of the Speaker  —  Washington, D.C. - Today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the following letter to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, informing him of the referral letter sent …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The press will torment Obama, too  —  With Sen. Barack Obama now emerging as the Democratic front-runner, clear signs suggest that his press treatment will soon change and that the media will fall back into their routine of viewing — and critiquing — leading Democrats through the eyes of Republican spin.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quiet Out There  —  We're at that moment in the campaign …
Scholars and Rogues:
Fox News says terrorists are sending killer robots after us!
Discussion: Jesus' General
Terri Judd / The Independent:
Prince's cover in Afghanistan blown by Drudge Report
San Francisco Chronicle:
You can't be serious, Ralph ...  Ralph Nader sure knows …
Discussion: Power Line and Swords Crossed
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Joint Chiefs Chair Warns Obama & Clinton on Iraq
Discussion: Political Machine and Hot Air
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Obama and Islam: The Third Rail in American Politics
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Best Of Buckley  —  Ross thinks it was in his short form:
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Rasmussen Reports:
Pennsylvania Democratic Presidential Primary
The Campaign Spot:
McCain: ‘Chris carries on the spirit of his dad with a great sense of humor.’
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Outraises Clinton In February
Discussion: Salon
Jeremy Scahill / The Nation:
Obama's Mercenary Position
Kim Chandler /
State GOP asks ‘60 Minutes’ for evidence or retraction
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton raises $35 million in February