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7:30 PM ET, February 29, 2008

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Nitya / Political Radar:
Clinton Goes Nuclear; Obama Camp Fires Back  —  ABC News' David Wright, Sunlen Miller, Andy Fies, Eloise Harper, Kate Snow & Nitya Venkataraman Report: Closing in on the March 4 contests, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., debuted a campaign ad on Friday with ominous undertones.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Responds: I Will Never Use “Threat Of Terrorism To Scare Up Votes”  —  Okay, Obama has now directly responded to Hillary's ad asking who you want in the White House at 3 A.M. when the red phone rings and your kids are safely asleep.  —  And his reply suggests that the Obama camp …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Ad: Who Do You Want Answering The White House Phone At 3 a.m.?  —  Hillary Clinton has a new ad in Texas, making what is perhaps her most forceful argument yet against Barack Obama on national security:  —  “It's 3 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep,” the announcer says.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Let's watch the YouTubed Hillary ad that the NYT has frontpaged right now.  —  A commenter at the NYT blog post (where a click on the front page picture takes you) compares this ad to the famous 1964 ad for LBJ:  —  The Clinton ad is much mellower, lacking the drama of the child's daisy …
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Hillary Cuts an Ad ... for McCain  —  Only the Clinton campaign would think mom would be checking on the kids at 3:00 am still dressed in her snazzy business suit.  —  I thought it was a bit creepy of that person to be looking in on your kids sleeping at 3am.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
It's 3:00 AM, I Must Be Lonely
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
New Clinton Ad Prompts Reply From Obama
Discussion: The Politico
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama responds to the red phone
Discussion: The Swamp and Towleroad
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
DUMB SPIN.  —  Sometimes, I really wonder how dumb the Clinton campaign thinks we are. … So if Obama doesn't outright win the states Clinton is favored in — if he merely closes the gap — Democrats are “having second thoughts about him.”  —  Who is this aimed at?  Political reporters know it's dumb.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Wonkette
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Clinton Camp Memo on Obama Expectations
Discussion: Open Left
Jay Root / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
State's Democratic Party braces for lawsuit  —  AUSTIN — The Texas Democratic Party is warning that its primary night caucuses could be delayed or disrupted after aides to White House hopeful Hillary Clinton raised the specter of an “imminent” lawsuit over its complicated delegate selection process, officials said Thursday night.
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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 …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush Condemns Leaders Who ‘Sit Down At The Table’ And ‘Have Pictures Taken’ With ‘Tyrants’  —  In yesterday's news conference, President Bush sharply attacked Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) argument that the president “should never fear to negotiate” with America's enemies.  Bush told reporters:
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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 …
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Sylvia A. Smith / The Journal Gazette:
White House column was copied
Discussion: The Huffington Post and I Am TRex
The Trail:
Obama Backs Law Helping McCain  —  U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) wrote her legislative fix on a yellow legal pad, which she delivered to the Senate clerk, to ensure that any person born to U.S. citizens serving in the armed services while stationed abroad would qualify to become president of the United States.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   Come On!  —  I love arcane debates over arcana, but John McCain …
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Harry Withdrawn From Afghanistan  —  LONDON — The Defense Ministry announced Friday that Prince Harry, the third in line to the British throne, would have to come home from Afghanistan because it was too risky for him to stay there.  —  The prince, 23, has been in Helmand Province …
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ABCNEWS:
Reformer: Trial Will Reveal ‘Cesspool’ of Obama's Allies  —  Trial for Indicted Fundraiser Tony Rezko Set for Monday  —  With the corruption trial of one of Sen. Barack Obama's longtime friends and supporters set to begin Monday in Chicago, Ill., reform watchdogs say it will reveal the …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hot Air
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Clinton Leads in Ohio; Obama Up in Texas  —  Hillary Clinton has an 8-point lead over Barack Obama heading into Tuesday's Ohio Democratic primary, due largely to the support of white women, seniors and working-class voters, while the race is virtually a tie in Texas …
Discussion: Hot Air
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
She's Always A Victim  —  Puke-worthy self-pity: … Is she f**king kidding me?  You think it was a level playing field for Nita Lowey as she was bigfooted out of a New York Senate seat for the carpet-bagging former president's wife?  You think it was a level playing field when Clinton bullied …
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Egyptian al Qaeda leader reported killed in South Waziristan airstrike  —  South Waziristan Taliban leader Mullah Nazir.  Click to view.  —  Pakistani and US intelligence are attempting to sort out the names of the al Qaeda and Taliban operatives killed in yesterday's airstrike in Azam Warzak, South Waziristan.
 
 
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Marc Ambinder:
Inside Delegate Math: The Numbers
Discussion: MyDD
Byron York / The Corner:
Michelle Obama: “Don't Go Into Corporate America”
Discussion: Rachel Lucas
Erin Alberty / Salt Lake Tribune:
Employee's suit: Company used waterboarding to motivate workers
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Union Grows, but Leader Faces Criticism
Discussion: Redstate and Working Life
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE TIMES GOES LOOKING FOR MEDIA BIAS
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THAT'S IT?  —  McCain's statement on Hagee, his new endorser …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
May We Not Lose His Kind
Matthew Yglesias:
McCain the Sellout  —  Having heard this, I think it seems …
Discussion: American Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
VIDEO: MSNBC's Abrams Re-Iterates Call for Release, Pending Appeal …
Discussion: Hot Potato Mash
clinton.senate.gov:
Senator Clinton Cosponsors Legislation to Ban Use of Private …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Confidential Study Suggests Tougher Words For Dems On Immigration
Discussion: Open Left, Orcinus and Lonewacko
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Jonathan Honeig thinks it's a right to smash a dog's head against a wall
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
John McCain's Charitable Contributions
Discussion: Wonkette, Think Progress and TBogg
The Huffington Post:
John McCain ‘Accidentally’ Calls Himself A “Liberal Republican”
CNN:
Police: Deadly toxin found at Las Vegas hotel
 

 
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