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12:25 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 …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Marc Ambinder:
The Daily Five — Goolsbee Gate Continues
Discussion: Trailhead and Roger L. Simon
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.
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, Wake up America and Redstate
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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 …
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Guns, anarchy text found in room with ricin  —  LV police say terrorism not motive despite discovery  —  The Las Vegas hotel suite where vials of ricin were found Thursday also contained guns and literature about anarchy with information on the deadly toxin, police said Friday.
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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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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
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.
Office of the Speaker / The Gavel:
Pelosi Response to Administration Decision Not to Enforce Contempt Citations of Miers and Bolten  —  February 29th, 2008 by Office of the Speaker  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in response to a letter she received late this afternoon …
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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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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 …
BBC:
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.
Democracy Now:
EXCLUSIVE-The Three Trillion Dollar War: Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard Economist Linda Bilmes on the True Cost of the US Invasion and Occupation of Iraq  —  One week after President Bush rejected charges the war in Iraq has hurt the US economy, a new book puts a conservative estimate of the war's cost at $3 trillion so far.
Discussion: Open Left and The Newshoggers
 
 
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Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Bailing Out Barack  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Supporters …
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Clinton camp tries to change expectations
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