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11:15 AM ET, March 1, 2008


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Pregnant Pause  —  It was, in this reporter's opinion, the most interesting moment in today's Clinton campaign phoner with reporters.  Responding to the release of HRC's new TX TV ad, which asserts in no subtle terms that only she has the experience to deal with a major world crisis, and …
Matthew Yglesias:
Amateur Hour  —  Slate's John Dickerson asks an obvious question on a conference call with Hillary Clinton's campaign: “What foreign policy moment would you point to in Hillary's career where she's been tested by crisis?”  After an uncomfortably long moment during which neither Mark Penn …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
John Dickerson / Slate:
Tough Call  —  WILL CLINTON OR OBAMA PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN?  —  If you vote for Barack Obama, your children are going to die in their beds.  This is the message of the latest Clinton television ad running in Texas.  The spot starts with a moonlit shot of a blond toddler in the warm tangle …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Althouse
Marc Ambinder:
The Daily Five — Goolsbee Gate Continues
Discussion: Trailhead and Roger L. Simon
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Aide Resigns After Admitting Plagiarism  —  WASHINGTON — A longtime aide to President Bush who wrote occasional guest columns for his hometown newspaper resigned on Friday evening after admitting that he had repeatedly plagiarized from other writers.  —  The White House called his actions unacceptable.
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
On the Press Bus, Some Soul-Searching Over Accusations of Favoritism  —  On the bus ferrying a group of reporters to an appearance by Senator Barack Obama at Ohio State University on Wednesday, Lee Cowan, the NBC reporter assigned to the campaign, was asked the media question of the week …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Suburban Guerrilla
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Of Ohio, Texas and Onion Dip  —  It's all up to Texas and Ohio!  —  Everything — the Democratic nomination, the fate of the presidency, the solution to global warming, the next American Idol — hinges on Tuesday's primaries.  Texas and Ohio rule!  —  O.K., and Rhode Island and Vermont.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
William F. Buckley Jr., 1925-2008  —  What he fought for.  —  Here's one measure of the man and the scope of his achievement: No serious historian will be able to write about 20th-century America without discussing Bill Buckley.  Before Buckley, there was no conservative movement.
Discussion: The Corner
Michelle Tsai / Slate:
Why Did William F. Buckley Jr. Talk Like That?
Discussion: American Spectator and MoJoBlog
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
CLINTON CAMP FIRES BACK AT OBAMA  —  From NBC's Mark Murray and NBC/NJ's Athena Jones  —  The back-and-forth over Clinton's new ad in Texas continues... In an hour-plus conference call with reporters, the Clinton campaign rebutted Obama's criticism that Clinton had her red-phone moment — the 2002 Iraq war authorization — and failed.
Dogs and Fleas  —  Glenn Greenwald has done yeoman work in exposing anti-Catholic bigot Pastor John Hagee's endorsement of John McCain and the latter's refusal to disavow the endorsement.  I agree that McCain should reject Hagee's endorsement.  You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The McCain/Hagee story picks up steam
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Why are the letters ‘NIG’ on the child's pajamas?”  —  Asks a commenter — “Tom” — on my post about the new Hillary Clinton commercial, the one that shows several children sleeping and then Clinton taking a national security phone call in the middle of the night.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Rick / PoliTex:
Clinton camp tries to change expectations  —  This photo was taken by our own David Kent.  Apparently, someone in the posh Tower condos in downtown Fort Worth is not a fan of Obama.  —  Continuing on that theme, this memo just came in from the Hillary Clinton campaign:  —  To: Interested Parties
Discussion: Pandagon and The Seminal
Matt Browner Hamlin / Hold Fast:
Potential Deal Could Assure Retroactive Immunity  —  This is from last night's Congress Daily PM dispatch by Chris Strohm and Christian Bourge: … This is not a good sign.  If Title I and Title II of the Senate-passed Intelligence Committee bill are voted on separately in the House …
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Dutch public broadcaster gives up idea of “violent Bible” film to counter Wilders' violent Qur'an film  —  This is rich: Dutch public broadcaster KRO was planning a film on the violent passages of the Bible, which get trotted out on a routine basis, as if they prove something about the violent passages …
Discussion: Hot Air
Air tanker deal provokes US row  —  Boeing's loss of a $40bn contract to build a new in-flight refuelling aircraft for the US military has drawn angry protests in Congress.  —  Lawmakers from Washington state and Kansas, which have big Boeing plants, voiced “outrage” that it had gone to a consortium including Europe's Airbus.
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