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10:50 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 …
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.
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 …
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”?
Luke Baker / Reuters:
Media's embargo on “Harry's war” sparks debate  —  Now the world knows Britain's Prince Harry is in Afghanistan, the question on many lips is whether it was right for the media to keep quiet about it for so long.  —  Journalists are accustomed to embargoes — almost every day newspapers …
Army prepares to evacuate Harry after news blackout fails
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton's “Red Phone”
Discussion: Towleroad
Nitya / Political Radar:
Clinton Goes Nuclear: New Ad Tests Obama
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.
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
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Obama's Weaker Support With Democrats
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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
John Leland / New York Times:
Facing Default, Some Walk Out on New Homes  —  When Raymond Zulueta went into default on his mortgage last year, he did what a lot of people do.  He worried.  —  In a declining housing market, he owed more than the house was worth, and his mortgage payments, even on an interest-only loan …
Turkey withdraws troops from northern Iraq  —  ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey pulled its troops out of northern Iraq on Friday, ending a major offensive against Kurdish PKK rebels that Washington feared could spread conflict through the region.  —  A statement by Turkey's armed forces General Staff denied …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Associated Press:
Turkish troops pull out of Iraq
Discussion: The Seminal
Houston Chronicle:
Poll: McCain and Obama lead in Texas  —  Huckabee is still defiant; Clinton maintains hold on Hispanic vote  —  Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama appears to be consolidating a lead over Hillary Rodham Clinton among most constituent groups in Texas except Hispanics, according to a new tracking poll.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Remembering the Mentor  —  When I was in college, William F. Buckley Jr. wrote a book called “Overdrive” in which he described his glamorous lifestyle.  Since I was young and a smart-aleck, I wrote a parody of it for the school paper.  —  “Buckley spent most of his infancy working on his memoirs,” I wrote in my faux-biography.
Discussion: The Corner
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THE MEANING OF “NATURAL BORN.”  I read with some amusement …
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Response to caller ‘a serious mistake,’ says Planned Parenthood of Idaho
USA Today:
Primaries turnout prompts concerns for Nov.
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Democrats Blaze Trails In February Fundraising
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Christopher Cooper / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Fate in Texas Hinges on Volunteers
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Pew: Majority now believe U.S. effort in Iraq will succeed, 53-39
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Joint Chiefs Chair Warns Obama & Clinton on Iraq
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Black backers steadfast for Clinton
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