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12:00 PM 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 …
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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
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.
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Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
On the Press Bus, Some Questions Over 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: Had journalists …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Redstate and Wake up America
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Karl / protein wisdom:
FISA Update: Democrats' opposition to Protect America Act crumbling  —  According to Congress Daily: … If this scenario plays out — as it ultimately will in some form — left-liberals will be distraught.  You might think that people who claim to value fairness would realize …
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
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CNN:
Democrats battle over Texas airwaves
Discussion: TalkLeft
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: Whiskey Fire and Riehl World View
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
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Michelle Tsai / Slate:
Why Did William F. Buckley Jr. Talk Like That?
Discussion: American Spectator and MoJoBlog
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
Terry Teachout / Wall Street Journal:
Five Myths, Direct From Pyongyang  —  What Not to Think About the Philharmonic Concert  —  Now that the New York Philharmonic has paid its long-awaited visit to North Korea, the floodtide of justificatory gush has begun.  Lorin Maazel, the orchestra's music director, intoned that …
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
McCain seeks distance from pastor  —  PHOENIX - John McCain is refusing to renounce the endorsement of a prominent Texas televangelist who Democrats say peddles anti-Catholic and other intolerant speech.  —  Instead, the Republican presidential candidate issued a statement Friday afternoon saying …
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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
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
China's Olympic Deal With al-Qaeda: ‘There Will Not Be Blood’ ...  This is just one of the allegations in Roger Faligot's book, The Chinese Secret Services: From Mao to the Olympic Games.  This specialist in intelligence retraces the history of the ties between the Middle Kingdom and al-Qaeda.
Discussion: The Peking Duck
 
 
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